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12:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Shouting Out Some Next Big Things

Laura Mvula is getting serious attention for her debut album, Sing to the Moon.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:06 am

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Monkey See
12:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Notes On A 'Scandal': Fitz Is The Most Dumpable Man On Television

Tony Goldwyn as Fitz on Scandal.
Randy Holmes ABC

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:32 am

If you watch Scandal, you know that there, Fitzgerald Grant is the President of the United States, and that he goes by "Fitz." Now "Fitz," let's face it, is already a pretty punchable name, given that combined with his personality, it makes him sound like somebody with a beanie and a lot of polo shirts grew up, got even richer, had a son, and taught him how to give swirlies to the math team. Fitz is involved, on and off (currently off, or possibly on, but maybe off) (maybe half-off, like end-of-the-season shoes), with Olivia Pope.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Honolulu Jury Convicts Man Of 2011 Shooting Rampage

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:42 am

A Honolulu jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder for a 2011 shooting spree in Hawaii that left one person dead and two wounded.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is following the story:

"[T]he jury refused to convict [Toby] Stangel, 30, of Wahiawa on first-degree attempted murder charges that carry a mandatory life term without parole, the state's harshest sentence.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

House Republicans Vote (Again) To Repeal Obamacare

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:50 am

Note at 10:45 a.m. on May 17: Thursday's vote was the 37th time that House lawmakers have voted to try to curtail Obamacare in some manner, but the third vote on repealing the law outright.

The 37th time is unlikely to be the charm for House Republicans who voted on Thursday yet again to derail Obamacare.

In a largely partisan vote that has become almost routine, the measure to reeal the law passed the Republican-controlled House β€” this time by a vote of 229-195.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Drought Eases In The East, But Still Worrisome Out West

Ruined topsoil in Logan, Kan., in August of last year. Drought conditions will persist in parts of the country this spring and summer, forecasters say.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:19 am

The federal agencies saddled with doom-and-gloom forecasts have mixed news (PDF) for the vast regions of the country that have been suffering from drought.

The good news is reserved for Easterners and Midwesterners: Your drought pain has eased notably, the forecasters say, and the summer promises above-average heat but more precipitation.

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The Two-Way
12:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Head Of Sexual-Harassment Program At Fort Campbell Arrested

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:48 pm

The manager of the sexual-assault response program at Fort Campbell, Ky., has been arrested in a domestic dispute and has been relieved of his post.

The Associated Press reports:

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This Is NPR
12:11 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Creative Clout, And Counting: Honors For NPR Designers

2013 NPR Calendar
NPR

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:43 pm

The NPR Creative Services and Branding team is making headlines again.

In March, the visionary trio of in-house designers – composed of Kathie Miller, Betsy Martin and Katie Burk (and bolstered by NPR Shop dynamo, Barbara Sopato) – was honored by the American Advertising Federation for the fourth consecutive year.

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Movie Reviews
12:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Greta Gerwig, Blithely Spirited As 'Frances Ha'

In Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig stars as a young dancer trying to find her way on her own in New York City. Noah Baumbach shot the film in black and white because it helped him "see the city with new eyes," he says.
Pine District, LLC

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 12:14 pm

Long a darling of the New York indie scene, Noah Baumbach came to filmmaking with a solid pedigree: His father is a film theorist and his mother was a movie critic at the Village Voice (where I've contributed myself).

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Movie Reviews
12:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

'Bidder 70,' Still Raising His Hand To Be Heard

Supporters of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher picket outside his criminal trial. The economics student ran into trouble with the federal government when he bid on β€” and won β€” mineral rights he had no intention of exploiting.
First Run Features

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:03 pm

In its final months, the George W. Bush administration hastily organized a mineral-rights auction for federal land in Utah, much of it near national parks. Environmentalist and economics student Tim DeChristopher attended the sale and β€” impulsively, he says β€” bid on and won 22,000 acres he had no intention of exploiting.

The feds came down on him like a ton of oil derricks. DeChristopher was threatened with as many as 10 years in prison, and ultimately spent 21 months behind bars.

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Movie Reviews
12:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

'Pieta': Suffering Toward ... Redemption?

Dark Shadows: Lee Jeong-jin plays impassive underworld enforcer Gang-do in Pieta, a dark, enigmatic redemption parable from the controversial Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk.
Drafthouse Films

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:03 pm

Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk wastes little time establishing that Gang-do (Lee Jeong-jin) won't be pleasant company. We discover the protagonist of Kim's gritty, moody drama Pieta grunting his way through intimate relations with his pillow, falling asleep, then waking up and wandering to a bathroom covered in entrails left over from last night's fish dinner, which he brushes away with his foot before going about his business.

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