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10:36 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Questions About North Korea? What To Read To Understand

Few understand the complexities of the isolated nation North Korea.
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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:06 am

North Korea's third test of nuclear devices turned the eyes of the world onto the isolated nation and heightened fears that the country could become a nuclear power. The North Korean government emphasized that the goal of these tests is to eventually target the United States, "the sworn enemy of the Korean people."

The history of the country and the circumstances that created this animosity toward the U.S. remain unknown to many Americans.

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Shots - Health News
10:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Parents, Just Say No To Sharing Tales Of Drug Use With Kids

Have a talk about avoiding drug use early and often. And don't overshare.
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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 6:55 am

It's a moment many parents dread — sitting down to talk with their kid about drugs. What should they say? Will the conversation have any effect? And should they mention their own youthful indiscretions?

Parents can get advice from the family doctor or pediatrician and places like the Partnership at Drugfree.org (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), though there's not been much evidence to back up the recommendations.

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It's All Politics
10:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

A User's Guide To Washington Jargon

House Speaker John Boehner held a news conference Feb. 13 in which Republicans promoted the hashtag #Obamaquester to blame President Obama for automatic spending cuts set to kick in March 1.
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It's not as elegant as some languages, but neither is it as impenetrable as, say, an economics textbook or the iTunes user agreement.

"We have our own language on Capitol Hill," says Don Ritchie, head of the Senate Historical Office.

That language — the budget terms and political euphemisms that fly freely through the air in Washington, D.C. — often ends up seeping into the nation's discourse.

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NPR Story
10:22 am
Fri February 22, 2013

MONDAY: Blues Artist Kenny Neal, LSU's Joey Watson

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 2:26 pm

Jim visits with local bluesman Kenny Neal, who talks about his love of the blues and the musical heritage of his family.

From LSU's College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Joey Watson talks about the 2013 Oscar Awards Show, and the upcoming "TEDxLSU" event.

From Glasgow Middle School, Dean Jessica Mitchell and science teacher Lauraleigh Cefalu talk about the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) night.


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Africa
10:13 am
Fri February 22, 2013

In South Africa, Crime And Violence Are Permanent Headlines

A women's group protests Tuesday outside the courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, where Oscar Pistorius was attending his bail hearing. Violence against women is widespread in South Africa, and was already part of the national debate before the Pistorius case.
Waldo Swiegers AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:48 am

No place has been as riveted by Oscar Pistorius and the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend as South Africa.

But even before this sensational story burst into the headlines, South Africans were fiercely debating issues that are more or less permanent fixtures in this country — crime, and violence against women.

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Faith
9:54 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Spreads Forgiveness Message in Shreveport

The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Church in Shreveport is hosting a Roman Catholic priest from Rwanda who will speak about forgiveness during weekend events. Rev. Ubald Rugirangoga lost 80 family members to Rwanda’s ethnic strife, beginning in 1963 with his father’s murder. He says more than 45,000 of his parishioners were killed in the genocide.

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The Salt
9:22 am
Fri February 22, 2013

For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper

Alcohol: a key babyproofing product for this little mother.
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Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:26 am

Many a mom has reached for a glass of wine after a long day of tending children. But only fruit fly moms use their version of Chardonnay to guard their babies from harm.

When fly moms see marauding wasps, they seek out the alcohol in fermenting fruit, and lay their eggs there, according to new research. The alcohol is toxic to the wasps, but not to the fruit flies. They've evolved a tolerance for hooch.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Tebow Won't Attend Controversial Megachurch Opening

Tim Tebow, center, leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargers on December 23.
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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:54 am

Tim Tebow has bowed out of a promise to appear at the opening of a new megachurch in downtown Dallas whose pastor has been criticized for making derogatory remarks about non-Christians and homosexuals.

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Arts & Culture
9:12 am
Fri February 22, 2013

FRIDAY: Opera Star Ashraf Sewailam, The Advocate's John Wirt, Tibetan Monk Anam Thubten

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:17 am

Egyptian opera star Ashraf Sewailam discusses his upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge, and the current unrest in his home country.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt talks about the Louisiana connection at this Sunday's Academy Awards show.


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NPR Story
7:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Gary Borders: Winter yard work in Piney Woods still intense

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:59 am

The trees and shrubs are doing just fine at commentator Gary Borders' home. So that means he's been doing some heavy-duty winter yard maintenance, ably assisted by one powerful leaf blower and a handy rake.

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