3:30pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Around the Nation

After Shooting Rampage, A Community Looks To Heal

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Ted Engelmann, left, helps Yamilet Ortega, 3, second from left, and Kimberly Hernandez, 7, light candles, Saturday at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday.
Ted S. Warren AP

President Obama is in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, meeting with the families of the victims of the deadly theater shootings that killed 12 people and injured 58 more. He'll also attend a memorial service and meet briefly with local officials.

Outside the movie theater where Friday's rampage occurred, there's a makeshift memorial at the edge of a hot and dusty lot. There are hundreds of candles and flowers, American flags and signs memorializing the victims.

"It's a sad time, very sad time," said William Cloud, a local professor, who came by to pay his respects.

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3:14pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Science

Invasive Pests, Or Tiny Biological Terrorists?

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 4:33 pm

There are millions of killers loose in California, and eucalyptus trees are their victims. Entomologist Timothy Paine has been studying the insects killing California's menthol-scented trees for two decades — and he's noticed a suspicious pattern.
George Rose Getty Images

Long before the era of post-Sept. 11 security precautions in the U.S., an unknown person or group of people may have begun carrying out a series of bioterrorism attacks in California.

The target? Menthol-scented eucalyptus trees.

Before you wonder why you hadn't heard of this, it's because the story isn't necessarily true. It's a hypothesis, a theory promoted by a noted California entomologist and eucalyptus expert named Timothy Paine.

If his theory is correct, then somebody out there wants those trees dead.

Digging For Clues

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2:58pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Donald Faison Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Actor Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actor Donald Faison, whose credits include Clueless, Remember the Titans, the TV shows Scrubs and The Exes, the movie he could watch a million times is Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. "I want to say I saw it at the movie theaters 30 times," Faison says.

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2:29pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Author Interviews

'Savages' Return In 'The Kings Of Cool'

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 9:05 am

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Oliver Stone's latest film, Savages, opened in theaters earlier this month. The movie centers on two young marijuana growers, Ben and Chon, who live and deal in California, alongside their girlfriend O — short for Ophelia. They find themselves thrust into a world of violence and murder when a Mexican drug cartel comes after their business. The film is based on the book by crime writer Don Winslow, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

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1:20pm

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama's Judicial Nominees Face Slowed Confirmation Process

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 1:33 pm

We are all used to judicial nomination fights, but what has been remarkable in the Obama administration has been the molasses-like confirmation process for noncontroversial nominees, especially federal district court nominees.

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11:51am

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

NCAA To Issue Sanctions Against Penn State

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 5:38 am

More bad news for Penn State: The NCAA says it will issue sanctions Monday against the school over the child sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky.

The announcement came the same day the school removed the famed statue of legendary football coach Joe Paterno from outside the Penn State football stadium. Our colleague Eyder Peralta has written more about that move.

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7:24am

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Tragedy In Colorado: The Latest

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 10:12 am

Ted Engelmann, left, helps Yamilet Ortega, 3, second from left, and Kimberly Hernandez, 7, light candles, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. where a gunman killed at least 12 people in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
Ted S. Warren AP

The latest:

-- President Obama is headed to Aurora today to meet with the families of the victims. Obama, reports USA Today, is also scheduled to meet with state and local officials.

-- By evening, Aurora Police said that "all hazards" had been removed from the suspect's apartment. Residents in surrounding buildings were allowed to return home after law enforcement conducted a controlled detonation.

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7:01am

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Joe Paterno Statue Being Removed From Penn State Stadium

members of a Pennsylvania Girl Scout Troop pose for a photo with the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

The famous statue of beloved coach Joe Paterno will stand outside Penn State University's football stadium no more.

The university announced Sunday that it will be taking down the monument, and the AP reports a construction crew is already on the scene. Sidewalks are barricaded, fences are up, and the statue is covered in a blue tarp. Police are there, too, as the statue's removal is likely to spur outrage:

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6:51am

Sun July 22, 2012
The Two-Way

A 'Recurring Wound': Penn State Will Remove Joe Paterno Statue

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 12:49 pm

A Pennsylvania Girl Scout Troop poses with the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

After much controversy, Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced this morning that he had decided to remove the statue honoring the school's former football coach Joe Paterno.

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5:58am

Sun July 22, 2012
Music Interviews

Janet Feder: An Avant-Garde Artist Takes A Real Risk

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 10:46 am

Janet Feder built a career on unusual instrumental guitar playing. Her new album, Songs With Words, will feature her singing for the first time.
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Janet Feder does things to her guitar.

"If I play the second string with nothing on it, it sounds like this," Feder says, plucking out a note. "Just a pure pitch."

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