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9:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

New Genetic Therapy Could Erase Down Syndrome

Erin Witkowski, of Port Jervis, N.Y., and her 16-month-old son Grady pose for photos in New York's Central Park, June 6, 2011. (Richard Drew/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Down syndrome affects nearly six million people worldwide. The genetic disorder impairs physical growth and intelligence, and it can cause serious medical problems, from heart defects to early dementia.

Down syndrome is caused by a chromosome defect and today, the journal Nature reports that researchers may have found a way to correct that defect, though it will be years before it could be used as a therapy in humans.

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9:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Update From West, 3 Months After Plant Explosion

A home spray painted with a heart and an inspirational message, damaged by the fertilizer plant explosion along Reagan Street is shown Friday, May 31, 2013, in West, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Three months after a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured at least 200 others, Mayor Tommy Muska says residents there are trying to move on and rebuild.

One of the main tasks has been demolishing destroyed home to make room for new ones.

“We’ve had about 117 demolitions in the last three months,” Muska said.

After three months, the effects of the explosion show in the town’s psyche, Muska said, and providing mental health services is a priority.

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NPR Story
9:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

In China, Another Food Scandal Makes Headlines

BBC correspondent Celia Hatton holds up the results of a home food test, indicating that the milk is contaminated. (BBC video screenshot)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:05 pm

In China, it seems to be “another week, another food scandal.” Chinese citizens are worn down with news of contaminated food — including toxic milk powder, poisonous rice and fake food.

Unscrupulous restaurants and food stalls have been caught selling everything from fake eggs made of gelatine, to the latest scandal — duck meat passed off as lamb.

So how are the citizens reacting? They’re coming up with their own solutions to deal with the crisis, as the BBC’s Celia Hatton reports from Beijing.

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9:27 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Khaled Hosseini's Latest Bestseller Spans Generations

Khaled Hosseini is author of "And The Mountains Echoed." (Elena Seibert)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 11:15 am

Author Khaled Hosseini found international fame with his debut novel, “The Kite Runner.”

Now he’s out with his third book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” which tells a story spanning decades and stretching from a village in Afghanistan to Paris and California (excerpt below).

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NPR Story
9:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Heat Wave Bears Down On U.S.

Kids cool off in the spray of an open hydrant on a hot evening in Lawrence, Mass. Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:05 pm

The first big heat wave of the summer is here, bearing down on all parts of the U.S., following temperatures that blistered the West Coast in June.

Typically heat waves occur twice every summer. Meteorology director Jeff Masters of Weather Underground says expect the current bout of oppressive heat to last a bit longer than the usual three days. Look for relief by Saturday.

Heat wave highlights

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The Record
9:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Pusha T's New York Doubleheader

Pusha T performs during the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.
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Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:55 am

There were two very different hip-hop shows in New York on Saturday: the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and New Era's #WearYourAllegiance show.

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Monkey See
9:25 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Morning Shots: Not One But Two Bits Of Shark News

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Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 9:56 am

It is with some joy, and also a little trepidation, that the entire Monkey See family welcomes the news that Sharknado 2 is a thing that will happen. Because really, is that singular Sharknado lightning terribly likely to strike twice?

On the other hand: The sequel will be set in New York City, so consider the quantity of hipsters who'll face flying piscine peril. [The Wrap]

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Book Reviews
9:25 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius'

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:03 am

Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.

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Fine Art
9:25 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both

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Nearly 100 years after Edouard Manet painted his scandalous 1863 Olympia, Tom Wesselmann created The Great American Nude #26.
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Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:08 am

Sixties pop artist Tom Wesselmann liked women, and saluted them on his canvases — or, sometimes, just parts of them: perfect glossy red mouths with lips parted to reveal pink tongues; nipples, even on the oranges he paints. These are just a few of the images that might make you blush in a Wesselmann retrospective now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

"I don't think you could ask for a more literal interpretation of the objectification of parts of the female body," says curator Sarah Eckhardt.

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Monkey See
9:25 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Fangs And Fishnets For The Win: 'Goth Barbie' Is Monstrously Successful

Mattel executives say they did not anticipate the runaway success of the goth-influenced Monster High brand when it debuted in 2010.
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Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 2:15 pm

We've got two words for you: Goth Barbie.

Not only does such a thing exist, but after Barbie, it's the best-selling doll in the world. The dolls of Monster High are bone-thin beauties all related to famous monsters. They come with books and Web episodes that follow their stories in that place where everyone feels like a freak — in high school.

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