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11:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Doctors Say Wait Longer Before Treating Kids' Sinus Infections

Colds can easily turn into sinus infections in children.

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 3:40 pm

Children often get sinus infections after they've had a cold.

It can be hard for parents and doctors to tell when those infections need treatment with antibiotics, and when they should be left to get better on their own.

The nation's pediatricians are trying to make that call a bit easier. In new guidelines released today, they say that it's OK to wait a while longer to see if a child gets better before treating a sinus infection with antibiotics. Now parents can wait and see what happens for 13 days instead of 10 days, the pediatricians recommend.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Justice Thomas Says Court Should Have Gutted Affirmative Action

Justice Clarence Thomas.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

In a fiery concurring opinion (pdf), Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the Supreme Court did not go far enough, when it decided Fisher v. University of Texas this morning.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Rusty The Panda' Is Missing From The National Zoo

"Rusty the Panda" spent part of Monday on the loose in D.C. He was spotted by residents in a neighborhood next to the National Zoo's grounds.
National Zoo

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:47 pm

Update At 2:27 p.m. ET. Panda Is Safe And Sound

"Rusty the red panda has been recovered, crated & is headed safely back to the National Zoo!"

That's the breathless update from the National Zoo, announcing Rusty's return to safe hands Monday afternoon. The zoo followed that tweet with a note of appreciation: "Thank you so much to everyone who helped us look for and find him!"

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11:05 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Interviews: LSU-S Poli. Sci. Professor Jeff Sadow, Times-Picayune Sportswriter Jim Kleinpeter

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:07 am

Jim talks with LSU-Shreveport political science professor and blogger Jeff Sadow about Governor Bobby Jindal political future and other Louisiana political matters.

From Baton Rouge Metro Airport, Jim Caldwell and Jason Wilson discuss tomorrow's small business opportunity workshop and future expansion at BR Metro. 

A chat with Times-Picayune and sportswriter Jim Kleinpeter about the upcoming Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.


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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi Found Guilty In Sex-For-Hire Case

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in May of 2013.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:00 am

A court in Milan found former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty Monday in a sex-for-hire case, La Repubblica reports.

The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office indefinitely.

The AP has a bit of background on the charges:

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The Picture Show
11:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Around The Earth, That Moon Was Pretty Super

Taking photos on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, June 22
Desiree Martin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:23 pm

As if "supermoon" isn't cool enough, the technical term for the moon when it's closest to the Earth is: perigee-syzygy.

It happens about once a year, and this year it fell on June 23, though the day prior wasn't bad, either. According to NASA, this year's supermoon was "14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon."

It's not easy to photograph with a smartphone, but that's what photographers with nice lenses are for.

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The Protojournalist
10:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Colonial America's Oldest Unsolved Murder

Preservation Virginia (Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:51 am

When archaeologists in Virginia uncovered the skeletal remains in 1996 of one of Jamestown's first settlers — a young European male designated as JR102C in the catalog — they said he was the victim in what was perhaps Colonial America's oldest unsolved murder.

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All Tech Considered
10:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Rebooting The All Tech Blog, With Your Help

This blog may contain cats.

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:36 am

Perhaps it's fitting, in this time of information overload in the vaunted information age, that there's too much news about tech and it's wearing us down. The world needs another tech blog like it needs another Kardashian spinoff show. But in the flood of headlines about fresh funding for startups or Xbox versus Sony, we do think there's room for context and explanation.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:57 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Don't Blame Your Unconscious Mind For Your Own Actions

Does one look better than the other? Why? Are you sure you know why?
Juan Monino

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 9:33 am

We often feel like our actions result from deliberate reasoning and explicit, carefully-orchestrated intentions, but psychologists have been telling us otherwise for decades.

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Monkey See
10:57 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Illusions Of Grandeur: Why Don Draper Will Never Get To California

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men.
Jaimie Trueblood AMC

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:02 am

What makes Don Draper dashing is the suit, especially. And the hat, the jaw, the hair, the voice, the way he fixes his attention on a woman. But what makes Don Draper seductive as a person and not just a sexual partner is that he is perpetually a whisper away from being a better man. If he were just dashing, he would be harmless; it's that he's seductive that makes him dangerous. It's how close he seems to becoming better that makes him toxic.

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