4:53am

Sat June 30, 2012
Latin America

Youthful Candiate Favored To Be Mexico's President

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:26 pm

A man walks past a campaign sign for Enrique Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party. Mexicans vote for their next president on Sunday.
Esteban Felix AP

As Mexicans prepare to elect a new president Sunday, the clear front-runner is Enrique Pena Nieto, who is seeking to return his PRI party to power after 12 years.

The PRI, or Institutional Revolutionary Party, ruled Mexico for more than 70 years before being ousted in 2000. Most polls show Pena Nieto with a comfortable double-digit lead in the race.

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4:52am

Sat June 30, 2012
Sports

Silent And Unsung, Ball Boys Keep Wimbledon Rolling

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

Wimbledon's ball boys and girls must remain completely still and silent during game play.
Jon Super AP

If you watch the action at Wimbledon this weekend, you'll see the camera closely tracking Serena Williams and David Ferrer.

But you'll also notice smaller, less celebrated figures darting on and off the court. Their training may not be as rigorous as the tennis pros', but it's plenty demanding.

Fair and accurate calls from the chair umpire are critical to the smooth running of Wimbledon. So, too, are the six young girls and boys flying around each court.

'A Sport In Itself'

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4:51am

Sat June 30, 2012
Europe

European Leaders Cling To Ideal Of Integration

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (left) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (right) during a summit of European leaders in Brussels. They reached an agreement on a growth plan for the continent, and world markets surged.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

It has taken several years of financial upheaval and nearly 20 summits, but the prospect of Europe's disintegration has apparently frightened leaders into working together.

This seems to be the larger message emerging from the European summit in Brussels, Belgium, where EU leaders agreed Friday to a $150 growth plan for the struggling economies across the continent. The deal sent stock markets surging in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.

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4:51am

Sat June 30, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Buried In Debt, Young People Find Dreams Elusive

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

Michelle Holshue racked up $140,000 in student loan debt while training to become a public health nurse. She's living her dream of helping others, she says, but never expected it "to be so hard."
Emily Bogle NPR

Growing up near Philadelphia, Michelle Holshue's dream was to serve those in need. Applying to nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania seemed like a smart move — in 2007.

Nursing jobs were plentiful. The students' running joke was that hospital executives would soon be stopping them in the street, begging them to come to work.

Then the economy tanked. For a time, Holshue was an Ivy League grad on unemployment and food stamps.

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4:46am

Sat June 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt's First Civilian President Takes Oath Of Office

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:51 am

An image grab taken from Egypt's Nile TV shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (center) taking the oath of office during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Constitutional Court in Cairo on Saturday.
- AFP/Getty Images

Egypt swore in its first civilian president today. The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi took the oath before the Constitutional Court.

Before the official oath, however, Morsi preempted the swearing-in ceremony by appearing before thousands of supporters in Tahrir Square on Friday and taking a symbolic one.

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1:43am

Sat June 30, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Alec Baldwin, College Tuition

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 12:05 pm

In Woody Allen's To Rome with Love, Alec Baldwin lives vicariously through the lives of three younger people.
Sony Picture Classics

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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12:00am

Sat June 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

America's Music Festivals: Rockport Chamber

Airs Monday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m.  Classical music takes the plunge with the Rockport Music Festival each summer. The seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts boasts one of the most beautiful settings for classical music ever, the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This recently built concert hall features enormous floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean onstage, so one can see and hear all the beauty that Rockport has to offer. The festival features classical concerts, as well as jazz, world and pop performances throughout the summer series.

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12:00am

Sat June 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Radiolab: Ghost Stories

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
Captain Hubert C. Provand Country Life Magazine

Airs Monday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past ... in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.

11:56pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Storms Lash Out After Sweltering Heat

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:13 pm

Branches and power lines littered the nation's capital after bruising storms swept through the Mid-Atlantic region on Friday night.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Friday's record-setting heat and brutal storms left much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. cleaning up damage and waiting for crews to restore power on Saturday.

The AP reports 13 people dead and more than 3 million without power after a day where temperatures in cities from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., hit triple-digits.

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11:03pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Movies

Eugene Levy Stays Smart, Even In The Cheapest Gag

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 6:32 am

In Madea's Witness Protection, George Needleman (Eugene Levy, center) is put in witness protection with Madea (Tyler Perry, right) after he discovers he's the fall man for a Ponzi scheme.
KC Bailey Lionsgate

George Needleman is the chief bean counter of an investment bank who, in Madea's Witness Protection, is too consumed with family problems to realize he's being set up to take the fall for a Ponzi scheme. When he grasps what's going on, he's placed in witness protection — at Madea's house.

Tyler Perry, who wrote and directed the movie, plays Madea, as well as most other members of her family. Needleman, the latest fussy, funny, bushy-eyebrowed, precise and put-upon man, is portrayed by Eugene Levy.

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