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Monkey See
10:38 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 12:02 pm

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.

I am a 45-year-old man standing in line for a toy Batmobile.

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The Protojournalist
10:38 am
Fri July 19, 2013

5 Odd Things Named After Presidents

Roosevelt elk on a river gravel bar in Olympic National Park.
Picasa 3.0 Courtesy of the NPS

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:31 am

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington was renamed for former President Bill Clinton this week. "President Clinton not only protected the environment, which saved thousands of lives," Sen.

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It's All Politics
10:38 am
Fri July 19, 2013

'Worst Governors' List Has Suspicious Deep Red Tinge

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, both Republicans, made a watchdog group's list of bad governors that has a very disproportionate GOP skew.
Ronda Churchill AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:16 pm

Of the 50 state governors in the U.S., 30 are Republicans and 20 are Democrats, a ratio of 3 to 2.

So when Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog group, issued a report this week listing 18 governors it alleged are the "worst in America," it immediately raised eyebrows and partisan ire for the notable party tilt of its examples — only two were Democrats.

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The Picture Show
10:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

How Do You Photograph A City's Bankruptcy?

Kirk Crippens

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:09 pm

Photographer Kirk Crippens says you can't. But that hasn't stopped him from trying. Since 2009, he has been documenting the city of Stockton, Calif., which last year became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy — until Detroit filed yesterday. Before bankruptcy, Stockton was the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. But before that, Crippens says, it "was an all-American city — Boomtown, USA — housing going up everywhere."

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Economy
10:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

With Home Prices Soaring, Has Success Spoiled San Francisco?

Real estate agent Katie Hayes (right) answers questions about a home for sale during an open house in San Francisco in May. With the median home price now in excess of $1 million, many longtime residents feel squeezed out.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Joe Kelso and John Winter probably waited too long. The couple has been together for a dozen years but only got serious recently about buying a house in San Francisco.

They saved enough to be able to afford anything under $500,000, but houses at such prices are now few and far between.

This spring, the median home price in San Francisco topped $1 million, up by a third from last year.

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NPR Story
10:02 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Reporter's Notebook From The Middle East

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR. (Steve Barrett/NPR)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:31 am

Deborah Amos, NPR’s correspondent in the Middle East, recently returned from the region, where she has been covering the ongoing civil war in Syria.

The complex dynamics of the conflict, which has spread beyond Syria’s borders, are in flux, Amos told Here & Now.

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NPR Story
10:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Affordable Care Act Continues To Divide Obama, Lawmakers

President Barack Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn’t spend the majority of premium dollars on medical care as he speaks about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:31 am

A day after House lawmakers voted for delays in implementing health care reform, President Obama today made a push for his Affordable Care Act, claiming that consumers will see rebates averaging around $100 from health insurance companies under the ACA.

House lawmakers voted largely on party lines yesterday to delay when individuals must have health insurance.

They also affirmed an Obama administration decision to delay when larger employers must offer health coverage to their workers.

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NPR Story
10:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Penn State To Pay $60 Million To Sandusky Victims

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a post-sentence motion in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:31 am

Penn State has reportedly reached an agreement with most of the 32 plaintiffs who say they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Pennsylvania State University’s trustees have authorized a payment of $60 million on civil settlements.

Sandusky is serving a 30 to 60 year sentence after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He claims he was wrongly convicted and is pursuing appeals.

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NPR Story
10:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

'Queer Eye' Stars Look Back, 10 Years On

The cast of "Queer Eye": Ted Allen, Jai Rodriguez, Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Kyan Douglas. (Bravo)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:31 am

Ten years ago this week, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” debuted on the Bravo cable channel.

The reality show featured the “fab five” — five gay men who would make over a person, usually a straight man, giving him tips on grooming, conduct, fashion, food and design.

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NPR Story
10:01 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Tenn. Black Caucus Calls For Review Of 'Stand Your Ground'

Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, speak on NBC's Today show on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (NBC screenshot)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:31 am

Trayvon Martin’s parents spoke on Thursday morning for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted of all criminal charges in the shooting death of their unarmed teenage son.

In their appearance on the Today Show, Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton said they are still in shock and disbelief over the verdict.

When asked whether race played a role in the killing, Tracy Martin had no doubts.

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