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2:13 am
Tue July 16, 2013

An Unreal Sport: Mixing 'Fantasy Life' With Reality

Matthew Berry's new book, "The Fantasy Life," talks about how a made-up game has affected millions of lives, including his own.

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 5:21 am

It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.

And it's pure fantasy.

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The Two-Way
1:56 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ex-Nixon Adviser Leonard Garment Dies At 89

Leonard Garment, acting White House Counsel, briefs the media at the White House on President Nixon's statement about the Watergate affair in 1973.
AP

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 12:54 pm

Former White House adviser Leonard Garment, who had been ill, died Saturday at his Manhattan home, his wife, Suzanne Garment, told The Associated Press yesterday. He was 89.

Garment and Richard Nixon met while working together at a law firm in 1963. He later went to work in the Nixon White House and became White House counsel.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Robert Randolph Ushers In Steel-Guitar Soul With 'Lickety Split'

Robert Randolph & The Family Band's new album, Lickety Split, is out Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 5:22 am

The 33-year-old frontman of Robert Randolph & The Family Band has strong roots in gospel music. As a kid, he grew up attending the House of God church in Orange, N.J. That's where he first played the "sacred steel" guitar, a driving force behind the band's soulful new album, Lickety Split.

In the 1920s, African-American Pentecostal churches began using the steel guitar in place of an organ. From there, it became an instrument that helped usher in a new gospel style.

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Arts & Life
7:27 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

These Stormtroopers' Galactic Mission: Comic-Con

Sam Newcomer, a member of the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion, marches as Darth Vader leading his Stormtroopers in the Rosemead Fourth of July parade.
Courtesy of Mark Edwards

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 11:12 am

A short time ago, in a garage not so far away, Steve Leahy was having a problem with his armor. A tiny piece of plastic, maybe just a few millimeters wide, stuck out from the shin guard.

"I know it's a minor detail, and while you're wearing it, someone may never notice," Leahy says. "But I know it's there and I know it shouldn't be, so we like to put the effort in to make it as perfect as possible."

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NPR Story
7:19 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

China's Economic Growth Slips Again

Almost every shop is closed on this street in a once-booming town in China. (BBC screenshot)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

The Chinese economy is still the second largest in the world but there are signs it’s lagging.

Figures out today show a slowdown for the second quarter in a row.

The BBC’s John Sudworth visited a town that is home to one of the country’s largest ship builders to see the effects.

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NPR Story
7:18 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

How Stand-Your-Ground Laws Affect Verdicts

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:15 am

George Zimmerman’s lawyers did not use Florida’s 2005 stand-your-ground law to defend him against charges in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

But the jury in the case was instructed to determine its verdict based on the stand-your-ground law, which meant that in order to convict Zimmerman for murder, prosecutors needed to prove that Zimmerman was not acting in self-defense.

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NPR Story
7:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Jesse Jackson: 'I Do Not Accept' Zimmerman Verdict

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks during a rally on behalf of the family of shooting victim Trayvon Martin, Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

Civil rights leaders say the case against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is not over. Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, compares the verdict to the court cases of Emmett Till and Medgar Evers.

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The Protojournalist
7:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The United Stats Of America

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 10:22 am

When the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played Tuesday night in New York, it will be a time to:

1) take a breath and celebrate America's dirt-and-grasseous pastime.

2) acknowledge that America has been invaded, infiltrated, overrun and is now overlorded by "statheads" — people who yearn to quantify everything.

Maybe it should be called the All-Stat Game.

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Monkey See
7:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Morning Shots: The Does Your Garden Make You Think Of Carrion? Edition

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

In London, they're breathlessly anticipating a royal bundle of joy. Here in the capital of the former colonies, we await the blooming of a gigantic flower that smells like rotting meat. Because that's how we do. [The Washington Post]

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Crime In The City
7:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City

Author Joel Goldman has found there's plenty of true crime to write about in the Kansas City metro area.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:10 am

Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.

Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. So he quit his practice and eventually gave his medical condition to one of his main characters, Kansas City FBI agent Jack Davis.

'Brought To His Knees' In A Hardscrabble Neighborhood

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