12:57pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

2.97 Million And Counting; '66 Volvo Is Nearing Its 3 Millionth Mile

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 1:10 pm

Irv Gordon in his trusty Volvo P1800S earlier this month.
Seth Wenig AP

"It's just a car I enjoy driving."

That's for sure.

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12:45pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Salt

Part Science, Part Art, Pollinator Pathway Connects Seattle Green Spaces

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:34 pm

This tiger swallowtail butterfly is a pollinator that could benefit from a little more green space.
Jim, the Photographer

When we think about improving urban food systems, we tend think about growing more vegetables — densely planted backyard plots and community gardens, with tiny tomatoes ripening in the sun. But according to some experts, we should start thinking smaller — way smaller — as in bugs.

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12:18pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Sues To Block U.S. Anti-Doping Hearing

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:05 pm

Lance Armstrong competes in the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Panama.
Arnulfo Franco AP

Update at 5:58 p.m. ET. Lawsuit Dismissed:

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Lance Armstrong that sought to stop a USADA hearing into accusations of doping. The AP reports:

"U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled just hours later. He criticized Armstrong's attorneys for filing an 80-page complaint the judge says seems more intended to whip up public opinion for his case than focus on the legal argument.

"Sparks, however, did not decide on the merits of Armstrong's case and said he can refile his lawsuit."

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11:17am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Libya May Buck Arab Spring Trend And Elect Moderate Prime Minister

Mahmoud Jibril speaks to in Tripoli, Libya on Sunday.
Manu Brabo AP

Over the weekend, about 1.7 million Libyans cast a ballot to choose a prime minister. Like Tunisia and Egypt before it, these elections are the first free elections since a revolution toppled the country's dictator.

Moammar Gadhafi ruled since 1969. As Reuters reports, while there were some violent incidents and anti-vote protests, international observers gave the election process a thumbs up.

Reuters reports:

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11:00am

Mon July 9, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festivals: Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival

Airs Monday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Perched in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Sante Fe is the nation’s oldest capitol city and has become a hotbed of artistic activity. Between the inspiring landscapes, the devotion to art and the city’s own diverse multicultural nature, there is no wonder why Sante Fe calls itself “the city different.” The Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival fits perfectly into this unique atmosphere, offering a six-week season of more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals each year. The festival celebrates the city itself in its concert venues, including the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Sante Fe Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Simms Auditiorium at Albuquerque Academy.

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10:58am

Mon July 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Virus Suspected In Mysterious Cambodian Outbreak

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 3:41 pm

A Cambodian doctor examines a child at Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh.
Khem Sovannara AFP/Getty Images

An investigation into a perplexing outbreak among young kids in Cambodia is getting traction.

Doctors have identified a potential cause, a virus associated with hand, foot and mouth disease. (The illness is not foot-and-mouth disease, which affects only animals.)

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10:46am

Mon July 9, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Life That Follows' Disarming IEDs In Iraq

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 1:46 pm

Brian Castner served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2007, deploying to Iraq to command bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk in 2005 and 2006.
Joey Campagna Courtesy of the author

Brian Castner arguably had one of the most nerve-wracking jobs in the U.S. military. He commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs, investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings and searched door to door to uncover bomb-makers at their homes.

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10:33am

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney Raised $106 Million In June; Obama Raised $71 Million

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on July 4 in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Kayana Szymczak Getty Images

For the second month in a row, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney and his party have raised more money than the Democratic incumbent, President Obama.

Romney and his fellow Republicans hauled in $106 million in June for his presidential campaign, well above the $71 million raised by the president's campaign and Democrats. Both campaigns released their fundraising figures for the month earlier today.

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10:24am

Mon July 9, 2012
Local

Kickball takes flight in Lufkin

Big Blue Kickball

The Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back games customarily played at school recess to lure more adults into recreational sporting leagues. Assistant director Jason Arnold says he'll be coordinating two kickball tournaments a year. He also plans to start adult dodgeball in the fall.

10:23am

Mon July 9, 2012
Africa

1-Year-Old South Sudan: Potential To Be Harnessed

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:04 am

Transcript

MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, violence continues to erupt across Syria. We'll talk to a human rights activist who has seen it firsthand. That's in a few minutes.

But first, a year ago today on July 9, 2011, the world's newest nation was born in Africa.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We hereby declare Southern Sudan to be an independent and sovereign state.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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