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5:59 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Sifting Through Wildfire Ashes For Memories, Hope

Samaritan's Purse volunteers work in a house. (Megan Verlee/Colorado Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

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5:58 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Investigation Into 19 Firefighters’ Deaths Begins

Prescott and other area department firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday, when an out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Last night, the community of Prescott, Ariz., gathered in Fire Station Number 7 to mourn the deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, which was based in Prescott.

The firefighters died battling the Yarnell Hills fire, which continues to rage.

Officials have launched an investigation into how the firefighters were killed and whether their deaths could have been prevented.

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5:58 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Ohio Power Plants Respond To New Regulations

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old. It still burns coal to produce electricity, though operators expect to complement Painesville power production with wind and hydropower in the near future. (Brian Bull/WCPN)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Last week President Obama announced that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on air pollution from coal-powered utility plants.

As part of a more aggressive stance to curb climate change, federal regulators will now write carbon emission standards for existing plants, as well as any built in the future.

In Ohio, coal operators are generally opposed to the new regulations. But the response from some power plant operators has been more muted.

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5:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Revisiting News Coverage Of The Battle Of Gettysburg

Front page of the Saturday Evening Post from June 1863. (Courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

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5:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Security Cameras Everywhere, But Debate Over The Data

New York Police Department security cameras are pictured in February 2013. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Police say images from video surveillance cameras implicate New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in the murder of a friend.

Cameras caught Hernandez driving through the streets of Boston and in and out of an industrial park south of the city in the moments before and after the time that police say the murder took place last week.

And security cameras helped catch the Boston marathon bombing suspects.

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NPR Story
5:55 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Resignations In Egypt As Country Braces For Showdown

Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rally near Cairo University in Giza, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (Manu Brabo/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are out on the streets today, but the embattled president is facing divisions within his government with more resignations of cabinet-level officials.

Those resignations come in the face of massive protests calling for the president’s resignation and two key deadlines.

Tamarod, the movement which has organized the anti-government protests has promised even larger demonstrations and “complete civil disobedience” unless Morsi steps down by 5 p.m. today.

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Monkey See
5:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'Big Brother' Isn't Just A Terrible Show, It's A Wasted Opportunity

Houseguest Judd makes a toast during the season premiere of Big Brother.
Cliff Lipson CBS

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:32 am

Here's how Big Brother works.

Producers throw a bunch of people into a house, where they're stuck for about three months. All day and all night, they're watched by cameras, and they can be watched online — these are the so-called "live feeds," which are sort of like watching the security cameras in the most boring juice bar in Los Angeles. (I wrote about touring the house in 2010; it's very creepy.)

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Movie Reviews
5:53 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

A Familiar Wild West, But The Guy In The Mask? Who's He?

There's a backstory for just about everything in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, including what drives the title character (Armie Hammer) to don the mask — and what's up with that dead crow Tonto (Johnny Depp) wears on his head.
Peter Mountain Walt Disney Pictures

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 6:25 pm

There's never been anything very lone about the Lone Ranger. He's always been accompanied by Tonto, his Native American sidekick; Silver his snow-white steed; and the William Tell Overture.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:53 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Falling: How To Meet Einstein In An Elevator

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:58 pm

This is the third installment in Adam Frank's series "How To See The Universe In A Grain Of Sand", looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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Monkey See
5:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

To The Dump, To The Dump, To The Dump Dump Dump: Write Us A Lone Ranger Joke

Milos Luzanin iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:02 am

This morning, as I perused the headlines, I saw a few items about the new Lone Ranger movie, and rather than being struck by interesting thoughts about the racial politics of Johnny Depp's Tonto, I abruptly remembered this joke: "Where does the Lone Ranger take his trash?" "To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump." You know, because of the music?

And then I thought, "Who built the Lone Ranger's luxury apartment building?"

"Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Trump Trump."

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