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11:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

WATCH: So Cute! Baby Elephant Splashes In Kiddie Pool

A 300-pound baby playing in a pool.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:14 pm

We'll get back to the real news, soon enough. But right now, we're pausing for a moment of cute.

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NPR Story
11:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Texas Oil Boom Drives Up Electricity Prices

Pumpjacks bob their heads in the sunrise, November 2007, in Penwell, Texas. (Joshua Scheide/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

The Texas oil boom that’s pumping millions of dollars into the region’s economy is simultaneously wreaking havoc on local towns and businesses.

In an ironic twist of energy fate, the electricity needed to power the oil drilling and production equipment is outpacing the ability of local power grids to transmit it.

That, in turn, is causing price hikes of 20 percent or more for some customers and businesses.

Energy reporter Tom Fowler is covering the issue for the Wall Street Journal.

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Here & Now
11:21 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bradley Manning 101: What He Revealed

This frame grab image taken from a video shot from a U.S. army Apache helicopter gun-sight, posted at Wikileaks.org and confirmed as authentic by a senior U.S. military official, shows a group of men in the streets of the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad just prior to being fired upon by the helicopter July 12, 2007. In a series of online chats Bradley Manning told of leaking classified diplomatic reports, along with this secret video, to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.org. Wikileaks.org via AP)

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 2:44 pm

A military judge has acquitted the former intelligence analyst of aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges.

Army private Bradley Manning had already pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including sending hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, diplomatic cables sent by state department officials and video clips of battles.

He had refused to plead guilty to more serious allegations, including the charge that he “aided enemies of the U.S.” which carries a life sentence.

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The Protojournalist
11:20 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Secret Meanings Of Tattoos

beana_cheese Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Concerned that some professional football players may be sporting gang-related tattoos, the NFL is calling in people who are experts in reading the meanings of body ink, CBS Sports reports.

Tattoos may be skin deep, but their significance sometimes goes deeper. The messages sent by body art are an individual's self-expression, but there are recurring motifs that can often tell you something about the wearer.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Black Holes + Wormholes = Quantum Answers

An artist's impression shows the area around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 3783 in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Could a wormhole connect one black hole to another elsewhere in the Universe, creating an entangled pair?
M. Kornmesser ESO

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:37 pm

If physicists had a holy grail it would go by the name of Quantum Gravity.

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The Record
11:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tristan 'Mack' Wilds On His Move From Acting To Singing

Tristan 'Mack' Wilds.
Courtesy of Simone Smalls PR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:35 am

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Book Reviews
11:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Drug Trade Destroys A Generation — Quietly — In 'Falling'

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Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 6:03 am

If I tell you that Juan Gabriel Vasquez's exquisite novel The Sound of Things Falling is about the drug trade in Colombia, a few stock images might arise in your mind: an addict overdosing in a dirty apartment, say, or a dealer ordering the killing of some troublesome peon, or the drugs themselves bubbling in a volumetric flask. Here in America, shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire have taught us how to think about the drug trade, how to imagine it.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Whitey Bulger Decides Not To Take The Stand

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
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One of the most anticipated testimonies in a criminal trial will not happen: James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster, decided not to testify in his own defense, today.

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A Blog Supreme
11:03 am
Fri August 2, 2013

'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios

Steve Berrios performs with the Fort Apache Band in New York City earlier in 2013.
Andrea Zapata-Girau Courtesy of Jerry Gonzalez

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 3:20 pm

It is not easy to play both jazz drum set and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Lots of drummers do it, but few have mastered it in a way that makes their sound in either style unmistakable from the first beat.

The music community lost one of those true innovators Wednesday with the death of percussionist Steve Berrios in New York at age 68. Berrios could move seamlessly from jazz to Afro-Cuban rhythms in a way that perfectly reflected his bicultural roots.

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NPR Ombudsman
11:02 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Getting The Bedfellows Of Immigration Policy Right

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, testifies on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 22, 2013. When interviewed by Michel Martin on Tell Me More in June, Kirkorian was identified as having a "more restrictionist approach" to immigration.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 4:11 pm

The current opposition by House Republicans to the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate might give the image of immigration as a left-right issue. It is not.

As University of Oregon professor Daniel Tichenor put it in his acclaimed book, Dividing Line: The Politics of Immigration Control, immigration has been one of those vexing matters since the founding of the Republic that brings together "strange bedfellows."

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