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4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Today Would Have Been Michael Jackson's 55th Birthday

Michael Jackson in New York City, New York on January 1, 1990.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 12:28 pm

Happy Birthday To The King Of Pop

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oberlin Students Behind 'Hate Postings' Say They Were Joking

More than 1,000 people turned out on March 4 for a Demonstration of Solidarity at Oberlin College. Classes were cancelled after a string of what appeared to be racist incidents on campus.
Gus Chan The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:16 am

An update on a story we posted about back in March:

Two Oberlin College students who are said to have been responsible for a series of "hate-related incidents" that went on for weeks earlier this year at the northern Ohio school are not going to face criminal charges.

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NPR Story
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Latest From Jordan On The Syrian Crisis

Syrian refugees chant slogans against Syrian President Bashar Assad at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (Mohammad Hannon/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Jordanians have been coping with refugees from the Syrian crisis for months.

This week’s escalated threats of military intervention in Syria have many Jordanians bracing for an even greater influx of those fleeing the conflict.

Here & Now speaks with the BBC’s Carine Torbey, who is reporting from Jordan, about the latest impressions from people there.

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Is The Food Truck Revolution Slowing Down?

The Kogi taco truck in Los Angeles. (fillingthev0id/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A few years ago when food trucks started popping up everywhere, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold thought that food trucks might be the promised land for ambitious young chefs, but as with any other kind of food operation, “only 5 percent of them turned out to be any good at all.”

New trucks aside, Gold believes that one of the traditional taco trucks, known as loncheros, that have operated in L.A for decades serves the best shrimp and cheese taco in LA.

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NPR Story
4:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Howard University Students Return Amid Financial Troubles

Howard University's Founders Library (howard.edu)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Classes started at Howard University this week. Students are returning after a summer in which the historically black university in Washington, D.C. has been in the news.

In April, a Howard trustee warned in a provocative letter released to the press that the school “will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now.”

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NPR Story
4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Summer Camp Aims To Prevent Learning Loss

A student at the final recital at MECA Summer Day Camp in Houston, Texas. (Randall Pugh/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

For kids who haven’t been flexing their brain muscles over the summer, they may be a bit rusty when school starts up.

A recent study by John Hopkins University found that by ninth grade, summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low income students and their more well-to-do peers.

The study also found that summer learning loss can affect whether a child ultimately graduates high school, or drops out.

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Distracted Driving
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NJ Court: Texters Have Duty Not To Distract Drivers

(☼zlady/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a teenage girl who texted a friend just a few minutes before he crashed his truck into two motorcyclists cannot be held liable in a civil suit for their injuries.

However, two members of the three-member judge panel also wrote in their decision that “a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”

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NPR Story
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

UK: Legal Case For Action In Syria Clearly Met

People take part in a protest organized by the Stop the War coalition calling for no military attack on Syria from the U.S., Britain or France, across the road from the entrance of Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Britain’s government says the legal conditions have been clearly met for taking action against Syria for allegedly launching a chemical attack against its people.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office released two documents Thursday meant to bolster the case that chemical weapons were used by Syria. In addition to the legal summary, Downing Street released the Joint Intelligence Committee assessment that concludes it was “highly likely” that the regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attacks in a Damascus suburb on Aug. 21.

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4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Senator On Syria: 'We Just Can't Take On Anything Else'

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., left, is pictured in January 2013. At right is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the ranking Republican on the committee. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Congress is in recess until September 9th, but lawmakers are calling for congressional involvement to any U.S. response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians last week.

This evening, U.S. House and Senate leaders will get a briefing from the White House. President Obama has said he is certain that the chemical weapon attack was initiated by Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

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The Record
4:09 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Goodie Mob Puts Crossover Acceptance On The Line

Goodie Mob (from left to right, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Khujo) at a Dodgers game the day the group's first album in 14 years was released.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:03 am

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