2:29am

Tue August 28, 2012
Sports

Heat Guidelines Help Keep Young Athletes Cool

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:07 pm

Doctoral student Brett Comstock wears a football uniform as he walks on a treadmill at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.
Craig LeMoult for NPR

As extremely hot temperatures continue to hit much of the country, high school football teams are busy getting ready for the fall season.

Last year, five high school football players died of heat stroke. Across the country, experts are trying to prevent those kinds of tragedies.

At the University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute, researchers study the effects of extreme heat on athletes.

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2:28am

Tue August 28, 2012
The Salt

In India, 100-Year-Old Lunch Delivery Service Goes Modern

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:37 am

Dabba wallahs carry lunchboxes to offices in Indian cities. But the old tradition is changing with modern times.
Aijaz Rahi AP

Every day in Mumbai, some 5,000 deliverymen called dabba wallahs hand deliver 200,000 hot meals to doorsteps across the city. It's an intricate network that requires precise timing and numerous handoffs from courier to courier. The century-old service is a staple for the city's office workers. (See how it works in this video.) But as the city has changed, so too has the service.

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2:27am

Tue August 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Can You Learn While You're Asleep?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:44 am

Research suggests basic forms of learning are possible while snoozing.
iStockphoto.com

If you're a student, you may have harbored the fantasy of learning lessons while you sleep. Who wouldn't want to stick on a pair of headphones, grab some shut-eye with a lesson about, say, Chinese history playing in his ears — and wake up with newly acquired knowledge of the Ming Dynasty?

Sadly, it doesn't work. The history lesson either keeps you from going to sleep, or it doesn't — in which case you don't learn it.

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2:27am

Tue August 28, 2012
Dead Stop

On Remote Island, The Dead Are Buried Far And Wide

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:38 pm

Tiny Grindstone Island has only one official cemetery.
Jackie Northam NPR

Grindstone Island's lone public dock is just three miles north of the U.S. mainland, a straight shot by powerboat across the St. Lawrence River from Clayton, N.Y. Part of the Thousand Islands, Grindstone Island sits in a waterway shared by the U.S. and Canada.

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2:14am

Tue August 28, 2012
Energy

Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:03 pm

Ted and Gale Franklin live in Leroy Township, Pa., where people have been dealing with flammable gas puddles and tainted well water.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Mike and Nancy Leighton's problems began on May 19, just as Mike was settling in to watch the Preakness Stakes. A neighbor in Leroy Township, Pa., called Mike and told him to check the water well located just outside his front door.

"I said, 'I'll be down in 15 minutes.' I wanted to see the race," Leighton said. But as the horses were racing, Leighton's well was overflowing. Typically, there's between 80 to 100 feet of head space between the top of the well and its water supply. But when Leighton went outside, the water was bubbling over the top.

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2:13am

Tue August 28, 2012
U.S.

Helping Foster Kids Even After Adoption

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

Say "adoption" and many Americans think "babies." The U.S. system was largely organized around placing infants, both from this country and abroad. It turns out that, by far, the largest number of adoptions in the U.S. is through the foster care system. That means toddlers, young children, even teens.

Yet many in the field say the system does little to help families cope with the special issues a number of these children will face, even years after adoption.

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2:12am

Tue August 28, 2012
Africa

Somaliland: A Pocket Of Stability In A Chaotic Region

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

Bundles of Somaliland's own currency bills are laid out by a money-changer on a street in Hargeisa, capital of the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia. Investors are beginning to move into the untapped market in Somaliland, a stable island in a turbulent region.
Kyodo/Landov

Somalia is synonymous with failed states, pirates and Islamist militants. But in the nation's northwest lies a peaceful, stable territory with an elected government known as Somaliland. The enclave broke away from the fractious Horn of Africa nation in 1991 and has been going it alone ever since.

To the disappointment of its residents, Somaliland has not been recognized as an independent nation, but its stability is attracting investors that other parts of Somalia can only dream of.

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8:00pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

Airs Monday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Scott Simon.  At a time of political gridlick and polarization at the national level, Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one's antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different 'color,' but a neighbor.

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6:03pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Participation Nation

Sticking To Basics In Overland Park, Kan.

Tim Bair and Theresa Hamilton hoist a Giving the Basics banner.
Courtesy of Giving The Basics

One day Theresa Hamilton, a mother of 12, was struck by how hard it is to come by human dignity when you are down on your luck. For instance, you can't use Food Stamps to buy toilet paper or laundry soap.

So Theresa founded Giving The Basics — an organization that provides people with toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and other human-dignity necessities.

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The Hurricane Evacuation Map from the State of Louisiana is available at the following link.   This page also has information about emergency shelters throughout the state and other important information.

http://www.dotd.state.la.us/maps/Web_StateMap.pdf 

Citizens can get the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System simply by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at www.511LA.org.        

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