Fri July 6, 2012
The Salt

Laws That Target Homeless Imperil Programs That Feed Them Outdoors

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:20 pm

Volunteers distribute food outside a Philadelphia Department of Public Health hearing in March on rules banning outdoor food distribution.
Alex Brandon AP

A growing number of cities want to tackle the problem of homelessness by outlawing what are known as "acts of daily living" — sleeping, eating and panhandling in public. In Philadelphia, a new rule is targeting not the homeless but those who feed them.

When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the ban on serving food in public parks last March, he said moving such services indoors was part of an effort to raise standards for the homeless.

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Fri July 6, 2012

Supreme Court Has A Term To Remember, Not Expect

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:20 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court took on a number of high-profile cases this term, including the decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have fled Washington, leaving in their wake a storm of historic headlines. In the last 10 days alone, the high court upheld the Obama health care law, struck down much of the Arizona immigration law and ruled unconstitutional mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

Chief Justice John Roberts is in Malta, a place that, as he pointed out, is "an impregnable island fortress." He puckishly observed that it "seemed like a good idea" to go there after the tumultuous end of the Supreme Court term.

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Fri July 6, 2012

Sending Vets' Lost Medals, And Memories, Home

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:38 am

Capt. Zachariah Fike helped reunite sisters Adeline Rockko (left) and Mary Piccoli with the Purple Heart medal of their late brother, Army Pvt. Corrado Piccoli.
Courtesy of Zachariah Fike

Zachariah Fike has an unusual hobby. The Vermont Army National Guard captain finds old military medals for sale in antique stores and on the Internet. But unlike most memorabilia collectors, Zac doesn't keep the medals for himself.

Instead, he tracks down the medals' rightful owners, and returns them.

His effort to reunite families with lost medals all began with a Christmas gift from his mother — a Purple Heart, found in an antique shop and engraved with the name Corrado A.G. Piccoli.

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Fri July 6, 2012
Research News

Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:10 am

Coral polyps feed in the plankton-rich waters by Santa Catalina, Panama. A new study of coral reefs off the Pacific coast of Panama shows that dead coral reefs may be able to recover from rising ocean temperatures and other environmental disasters.
laszlo-photo Flickr

Coral reefs may be able to recover from disaster, according to a study that provides a bit of reassurance about the future of these endangered ecosystems.

Coral reefs around the world are at risk as the ocean's temperature continues to rise. Those trends could kill not only coral but also the fish and other species that depend on the reefs. Those reefs are important for people as well.

'Shocking' Reef History

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Fri July 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Despite Delays, Chair Lifts Coming To Public Pools

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:20 pm

New government regulations require public pools to have chair lifts, like this one in Savannah, Ga., for people with disabilities. The compliance deadline has been extended for a second time.
Russ Bynum AP

Pools open to the public were supposed to have chair lifts installed for people with disabilities in time for this summer, but after a wave of protests, the federal order was delayed until January.

Still, some of the country's 300,000 or so pools at hotels, parks and gyms continue to fight the requirement.

Vestavia Hills pool near Birmingham, Ala., is one of thousands of pools that scrambled to get a chair lift installed by May.

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Fri July 6, 2012

Kenya's HIV Challenge: Easing Stigma For Gay Men

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:20 pm

Health officials in Kenya say reducing the transmission of HIV among gay men is a central part of their national AIDS strategy. But they face serious challenges, including the fact that homosexuality is still a crime in the East African nation.

HIV rates among gay and bisexual men in Kenya are far higher than the national average.

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Fri July 6, 2012

For Some Businesses, Daily Deals Have A Dark Side

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:20 pm

Creative Hands is a therapy center in Washington, D.C., that used daily deals when it opened last year. Instead of bolstering revenue, the deals left Creative Hands' owner in the red.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Groupon and Living Social have sold tens of millions of daily deals and are now a major force in retail. But they rely heavily on getting businesses to offer their goods and services at deep discounts. In exchange, businesses hope for payoff in the form of return customers.

Sometimes, though, the flood of extra business causes more problems than it solves.

Deal-Hungry Crowd

Ailie Ham had just opened Creative Hands Massage in Washington, D.C., when she decided to offer deals through Living Social and Groupon last year.

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Thu July 5, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

The Songbird: Lee Morse

Airs Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m.  In 1917, and the age of 20, Lee Morse began her career as a singer who became her strong, deep singing voice and vocal range. She was 5-feet tall and weighed in at about 100-pounds, yet she could belt out a song that would startle an audience. Plus, she did something very few pop performers tried: Yodeling. Lee also surrounded herself with very accomplished jazz musicians. Her career lasted until her death in 1954 and during those years she also appeared in vaudeville productions as well as Broadway. Later she would appear in several short films. Although she left an impressive musical legacy over the course of a few years, Lee Morse is all but forgotten today. Join us as we venture back in time for a visit with Lee Morse “The Songbird.”


Thu July 5, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Savannah Music Festival: The Assad Brothers

Airs Thursday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m.  Ever since their childhood concerts in Brazil and their New York appearances as teenagers in 1969, Sergio and Odair Assad have been touring the world and recording as The Assad Brothers. They have followed a fascinating path of musical development utilizing the traditional repertoire of the guitar duo, and their virtuosity has inspired a range of composers to write for them. In this episode, we listen to the complete March 19 concert at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival, recorded at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.