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5:53 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Jury Says You Can't Say That Word. Period

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:41 pm

This a post about a racial slur, and there's no way around using it. Be warned.

Is it racist if a black boss calls his black employee nigger?

A federal jury in New York thinks so.

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Research News
5:53 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:12 pm

Patricia Greenfield has tracked families in Chiapas, Mexico, over four decades. Many were very poor when she started her study. Slowly, over time, they grew wealthier.

Along the way, Greenfield noticed something: As the people she followed grew richer, they became more individualistic. Community ties frayed and weakened.

Greenfield expanded her findings to form a more general theory about the effects that wealth has on people: "We become more individualistic, less family and community oriented."

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5:52 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Photos Capture 15 Years Of Work On San Francisco-Oakland Bridge

Laborers carrying cans of Grikote anti-corrosion paste on the south-side span catwalk in the fog, 2012. (Copyright © Joseph A. Blum)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

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5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Growing Support In Israel For U.S. Action On Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

As President Obama tries to convince Congress to approve punitive strikes on Syria’s government, Israeli leaders have stayed mostly quiet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.”

NPR’s Emily Harris joins us to talk about the growing support in Israel for U.S. military action.

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5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Detective's Daughters Recall 'Trailside Killer' Case

David Carpenter, also known as the Trailside Killer, in a 1976 prison photograph. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Laura Gaddini Xerogeanes and Janet Gaddini Cubley were in seventh and fifth grade, respectively, when their father Robert Gaddini began work on the Trailside Killer case.

The two recall that the the investigation took a terrible toll on their father, who died of cancer shortly after the killer was caught.

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5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Author Mines True Tale Of California Serial Killer

Joyce Maynard's most recent book is the novel "After Her."

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Joyce Maynard’s new novel “After Her” is set in Marin County, California, in 1979. A serial killer is preying on young women hiking in and around Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco.

The novel (excerpt below) centers around Rachel and Patty, the daughters of the homicide detective in charge of finding the killer.

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5:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Why Microsoft Is Buying Nokia In $7 Billion Deal

Pictured is the Nokia Lumia 925, released in May 2013. (Nokia)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Microsoft is buying Nokia’s smartphones, as well as a portfolio of patents and services, in a $7.2 billion deal announced late last night.

“Devices help services and services help devices,” is how outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put it — meaning of course, that Microsoft is taking on the Apple model of integrating software and hardware.

Google took the same step by acquiring the cell phone division of Motorola in 2011.

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5:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Story And Case Behind Merrill Lynch Racial Bias Settlement

George McReynolds, the lead plaintiff in a racial bias lawsuit against Merrill Lynch, is pictured at his home in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013. (Christopher Berkey/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

George McReynolds became a broker at Merrill Lynch in 1983. He was 38 years old and excited about his new career. But it soon became obvious to McReynolds that the few black brokers at Merrill were not doing well at the firm — the third largest on Wall Street.

McReynolds says he and the other black brokers were consistently shut out from gaining access to lucrative accounts and were often forced to give up the successful accounts they already had.

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5:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Some British Leaders Calling For Second Syria Vote

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to be driven to the Houses of Parliament for a debate and vote on Syria, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Some members of the British Parliament, as well as the influential mayor of London, are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a second vote on taking military action against Syria, nearly one week after Cameron became the first British prime minister in 150 years to lose a parliamentary vote on military action.

Cameron is ruling out a second vote, even though new evidence has emerged about the Syrian government’s use of chemical attack on civilians.

We speak with Ben Bradshaw, a member of the opposition Labour party in the British Parliament.

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5:49 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Obama Confident Congress Will Approve Syria Action

President Barack Obama pauses after speaking to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. From left are, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, the president, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s confident Congress will authorize a military strike in Syria, and he won the support of House Speaker John Boehner, who said acting against Syria was something “the United States as a country needs to do.”

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