Humans
1:42 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Grass Mattress Was A Stone Age Bed And Breakfast

Christopher Miller samples sediments from an excavation site in South Africa. Archaeologists found layers upon layers of burned bedding material, indicating that the hunter-gatherers who lived here 77,000 years ago stayed for a long time.
Courtesy of Lyn Wadley

In archaeology, you get special bragging rights when you can lay claim to the oldest specimen of something.

Scientists in South Africa may now qualify for what they say is the world's oldest bed. Well, not a bed exactly, but more like a mattress made of grass.

What Lyn Wadley, an archaeologist at the University of Witswatersrand, found were mats of grass and sedge piled half an inch thick on the floor of a cavelike rock shelter in South Africa.

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Noise Ordinance
1:16 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

New Noise Ordinance Drafted

City Councilwoman Kristen Gisleson-Palmer is floating a new noise ordinance for the city of New Orleans. And, while the final draft is not expected to come up for a vote until sometime early next year, the draft version already has debate among some French Quarter residents and purveyors of the city's musical culture.

All Things New Orleans
12:37 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Noise ordinance, Ninth Ward dance, and an Algiers Point bonfire

Angela Taylor reports on the new noise ordinance being drafted in New Orleans, Sharon Litwin speaks with a cultural leader in the Lower Ninth Ward, and Eileen Fleming reports on a cathartic bonfire in Algiers Point.

Jack Hopke is your host for WWNO's weekly news magazine.

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Virginia Tech On Alert After Report Of Shots, Officer Injured

Virginia Tech has advised everyone on campus to "seek shelter or stay where you are" because of reports about shots being fired there.

It adds that:

"[A] suspect described as white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backback" was seen "on foot towards McComas" — the university's athletics facility.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Fire For Mishandled Sex-Crime Cases

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 2:51 pm

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is under fire. The sheriff is known for his aggressive stance on immigration and his tough treatment of inmates.

Yesterday, two state lawmakers called for his ouster, but Arpaio stood his ground during a press conference.

The lawmakers were reacting to an AP report from Sunday that found his office had botched a series of sex-crime cases. Here's part of that AP report:

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The Salt
11:40 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Environmental Claims For Farmed Fish Don't Hold Up To Scrutiny

Are shoppers getting their money's worth when they choose a salmon filet wearing an eco-sticker?

A study released this week by the University of Victoria's Seafood Ecology Research Group found that most eco-labels on farmed seafood don't reflect better fish farming practices than other products on the market.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Obama: 'Ask Osama Bin Laden' If I'm An Appeaser

Republican presidential candidates have said President Obama practices "appeasement" when it comes to foreign policy.

At the White House a short time ago, the president had this response:

"Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaida leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever's left out there. Ask them about that."

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Shots - Health Blog
11:13 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Experimental Vaccine For Stomach Flu Might Work

In early 2007, health officials boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 (seen here in Honolulu) to investigate a stomach flu outbreak that sickened more than 300 people.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 11:15 am

Nothing ruins a nice cruise or a gluttonous run down the office party buffet like the norovirus.

The obnoxious virus causes the euphemistically-named stomach flu and is one of the most common foodborne illnesses. If you catch it, there's no drug to make you better. You pretty much have to ride out the diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain for a few days.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Treme Gumbo Fest and PRC Holiday Home Tour

Gumbo pots are being stirred in Tremé and they're decking the halls in the Garden District this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a look at the 4th Annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and the Preservation Resource Center's 36th Holiday Home Tour.

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Monkey See
11:03 am
Thu December 8, 2011

So The Mythbusters Punched A Hole In A House With A Cannonball. Now What?

The exit hole from a misfired cannonball is seen in the second story wall after it traveled through a Dublin, Calif., home on Cassata Place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Doug Duran AP

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 3:59 pm

So ... now what?

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