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10:32 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Alex Ferguson: A Legendary Manager For An Iconic Franchise

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson celebrates after his team wins the English Premier League at Blackburn, England, on May 14, 2011.
Tim Hales AP

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 4:55 pm

The resignation of veteran Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is an event causing ripples that go way beyond the island where the Scotsman spent his long and illustrious career.

Walk into a bar pretty much anywhere from Buenos Aires to Bangkok, mention Ferguson or his star-studded team of Red Devils, and you can be sure of a lively conversation — and perhaps a heated argument.

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Code Switch
10:32 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Another Neighbor Of Rescued Cleveland Women Says He Helped

Angel Cordero
Courtesy of WEWS/newsnet5.com

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:05 am

Charles Ramsey became famous overnight for his role in helping rescue Amanda Berry from the Cleveland house where she and two other abducted women were held for nearly a decade.

But Charles Ramsey did not act alone. He may not have even been the first to offer help. Angel Cordero, another neighbor, claims he arrived there before Ramsey and forced open the door.

Mr. Cordero was interviewed in Spanish by Stephanie Ramirez of the ABC station in Cleveland:

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kurdish Militants Begin Historic Withdrawal From Turkey

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:12 am

Today marks the beginning of the pullback of thousands of militant PKK fighters from Turkey back to Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. It's an important milestone in a delicate effort to end nearly three decades of bloodshed that have killed an estimated 35,000 people since 1984.

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Movie Reviews
10:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 2:06 pm

Natalie Maines doesn't hesitate to make audacious moves, and wresting away "Mother" — Roger Waters' hymn to oppressive maternal authority figures from Pink Floyd — is the biggest one on her first solo album. Maines takes the "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall and deconstructs it, emotional brick by emotional brick.

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Red River Radio
10:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Shreveport State Lawmaker Wants New Way To Kill Aquatic Weeds

Louisiana Rep. Patrick Williams (D-Shreveport) is trying to draw attention to the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to clog many waterways in the state. He invited the inventor of the "WaterMower" to address the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment during a May 8 hearing. Williams said his constituents want to see results that go beyond chemical sprays and weed eating weevils raised in university research labs.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:22 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Wildlife That Isn't Wild And Isn't Alive

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Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 1:33 pm

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Kitchen Window
10:08 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:22 pm

My mother didn't plant a great many spring bulbs. But over by the pachysandra patch, there was a single lovely pink tulip, and I kept my eye on it for two weeks before Mother's Day. When that Sunday morning arrived, I rushed out, snipped it and ran inside to where she lay sleeping to present it to her. "Did you pick that outside?" she inquired, her expression shifting from sleepy surprise to something more complicated. I nodded proudly. "Oh ... thank you, sweetie."

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Book Reviews
10:07 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Graphic-Novel Gumshoe Rounds Up Unusual Suspects

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 6:03 am

Matt Kindt is a storyteller so fully in control of his gifts that his graphic novels — 3 Story, Revolver and others — read like quietly compelling arguments for the comics medium's narrative potential.

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Author Interviews
10:06 am
Wed May 8, 2013

With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 10:43 am

Many high school seniors who are heading to college this fall have just paid their tuition deposits — the first real taste of what the college experience is going to cost them. These students are heading to school at a time that some consider a transformative moment for American colleges and universities. Costs are skyrocketing, and there are some real questions about what value college students are getting for their money.

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