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11:03pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Buried In Grain

Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:58 pm

Friends and classmates of Wyatt Whitebread, Alex Pacas and Will Piper watch as rescuers work to free the boys from the bin (center) full of thousands of bushels of corn. Only Piper survived.
Alex T. Paschal AP

The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.

The mischievous and popular 14-year-old had been excited about his first real job, he told Lisa Jones, the mother of some of his closest friends, as she drove him home from a night out for pizza. But nearly two weeks later he told her he was tired of being sent into massive storage bins clogged with corn.

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4:17pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

Merritt And Dinnerstein, A Musical Odd Couple, On Bridging Their Worlds

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:35 am

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.
Lisa Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

What happens when two very talented women — one, a rising alt-country star; the other, one of classical music's great new talents — meet one another? In the case of singer Tift Merritt and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a friendship ensues.

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4:04pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Author Interviews

Integrated Baseball, A Decade Before Jackie Robinson

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:05 pm

Hake's Americana & Collectibles/Atlantic Monthly Press

In 1947, Jackie Robinson famously broke the color line in baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, ending racial segregation in the major leagues.

That moment was a landmark for racial integration in baseball, but there's another moment few may be aware of, and it happened more than a decade before Robinson, in Bismarck, N.D.

Tom Dunkel writes about this Bismarck team in his new book, Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball's Color Line.

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4:02pm

Sat March 23, 2013
U.S.

Can Detroit Return To Its Former Glory?

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 6:07 pm

The population of Detroit has dwindled, and now there aren't enough taxpayers to pick up the tab for essential city services.
Paul Sancya AP

The newly appointed emergency financial manager of Detroit begins the Herculean task Monday of turning the once bustling capital of the car business back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Though Detroit still has its cultural centers, architectural gems, funky restaurants and packed sporting events downtown, the city has suffered an urban blight that has slowly eaten away at its neighborhoods.

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3:48pm

Sat March 23, 2013
Technology

Four Robots That Are Learning To Serve You

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 5:34 pm

Future Robot's FURo robot acts as a host.
Innorobo.com

From Star Wars' R2-D2 to The Terminator to WALL-E, robots have pervaded popular culture and ignited our imaginations. But today, machines that can do our bidding have moved from science fiction to real life.

Think hands-free vacuum cleaners or iPhone's Siri or robotic arms performing surgery. At the Innorobo conference in Lyon, France, the latest in service robot technology was on display.

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