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12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Tobacco Tax Hike Proposals Shelved

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:49 am

All four bills seeking to increase taxes on tobacco products in the state have been voluntarily tabled amid legislative opposition to raising taxes.

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It's All Politics
12:33 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

'Managing Tragedy': A Defining Moment For Civic Leaders

Mayor Thomas Menino, who is recovering from a broken leg unrelated to the bombing, watches on as President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service last week following the Boston Marathon blasts.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:24 pm

Some people are born to be pastors or therapists, but no one goes into politics expecting to help people with grief.

Yet mayors and governors often find themselves having to cope with tragedy. A tornado. A bombing. The death of a police officer, or a little girl.

It becomes an essential part of the job more often than they might expect. While they're rarely prepared for it, how they respond will define their time in office perhaps more than any other act.

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Latin America
12:31 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

In Gritty Sao Paulo, Artists Take To The Streets

A portrait is projected on the walls of a building as part of a project promoting art through re-evaluating urban spaces and buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 22.
Yasuyoshi Chiba AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:52 pm

It's lunchtime in the heart of Sao Paulo's financial district. Surrounded by tall buildings of cool glass and steel, men and women in suits and business attire walk back and forth busily in Brazil's largest city.

Standing amid the bustle is Leticia Matos β€” who is, for want of a better word, a crochet artist. She couldn't look more different from the people around her.

Wearing a short-sleeve shirt and covered in bright, quirky tattoos, Matos is at work, too. About a year ago, she says, she got the idea for her project while knitting and crocheting with her friends.

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Television
12:02 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

'Rectify': An Ex-Con Navigates The World Outside

Daniel (Aden Young) finds a supporter in the devout Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) β€” if not among all of his other neighbors β€” when he's exonerated after spending more than 19 years in prison for a crime he did't commit.
Sundance Film Channel

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:05 am

Rectify, a new drama series from the Sundance Channel, wants to stand out from the pack β€” and it certainly succeeds at that. It's a six-hour limited series, more along the British model of TV than ours here in the States. If these first six installments catch on enough, the story will continue. If not, that's it.

And Rectify is so unusual a show, with its own deliberate pace and premise and approach, that it may not build enough viewership to keep going. But that doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile show, or a memorable one β€” because it is.

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Shots - Health News
11:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

As Injuries Rise, More Calls to Refuse The 'Cinnamon Challenge'

An undated photo provided by Frederick Reed shows Dejah Reed, an Ypsilanti, Mich., teen who was hospitalized for a collapsed lung after trying the cinnamon challenge.
Frederick Reed AP

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:16 am

It's hard to stop a fad, even one that sometimes goes bad.

But it's time to end the so-called cinnamon challenge, doctors say.

If you're one of the few who hasn't heard about it already, that's probably a good thing.

The game, if you want to call it that, involves trying to quickly swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without the benefit of anything to wash it down. It's practically impossible.

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Commentary
11:20 am
Mon April 22, 2013

She Works: Advice To Your Younger Self?

The earliest photo of Susan Stamberg at a microphone, age 25. Later, as the host of All Things Considered, she became the first woman to be a full-time anchor of a national nightly news broadcast in the U.S.
Courtesy of Susan Stamberg

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 7:41 pm

Over the next few weeks we'll be asking NPR women about their careers β€” and inviting you to join the conversation. The first question goes to Susan Stamberg, one of NPR's "founding mothers."

Question: What kind of advice would you give your younger self?

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Book Reviews
11:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

A British Intellectual's Mission 'To Create The Perfect Wife'

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Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 7:01 pm

At least since Pygmalion prayed for his beautiful ivory statue to become a real woman, men have struggled to find a mate who is almost literally made for them. Today you can turn to any number of algorithm-based websites to find your romantic ideal; you can even special-order brides from faraway lands. But in Georgian England, one well-heeled young man sought out his perfect love in a rather shocking and unlikely place: an orphanage.

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Code Switch
11:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Can You Say "KDAY" In Mandarin?

Dr. Dre (right), and Snoop Dogg (left), perform on Broadway in Times Square, New York City as part of MTV's Spankin New Music Week.
Scott Gries Getty Images/Image Direct

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:41 pm

I'm going to out myself. I listen to the "oldies" station on my daily commute to and from NPR West in my banged-up ride, tailpipe barely hanging on. The station's tag-line is "back in the day hits," and my favorite feature is inappropriate relationship advice from a Mexican drag queen who goes by Kay Sedia (as in, quesadilla). The station's call letters are KDAY and it cuts in and out during my commute because its FM signal is weak.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:19 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Henry David Thoreau Comes To The Aid Of Climate Science

Henry David Thoreau, circa 1850
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:38 pm

On Earth Day 2013, I'd like to draw your notice to a fantastic essay by Andrea Wulf in The New York Times Book Review. Wulf explains how information recorded by Henry David Thoreau in his journals is now informing modern climate-change research.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Battling Obstacles, Chinese Relief Crews Seek Quake Victims

Chinese rescuers walk through wreckage to reach isolated Baoxing country after the earthquake in Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 10:30 pm

"We lost everything in such a short time," a Chinese college student tells The Associated Press.

An earthquake in southwestern China Saturday caused his family's home to collapse, crushing his grandfather.

Xinhua news agency reports at least 186 people were killed by the quake, more than 11,000 were injured and nearly two dozen are missing.

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