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Great Lakes Waters Can Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

Aug 24, 2016

The Great Lakes have more coastline for beaches than the United States' East and West coasts combined. There are thousands of beaches — and hundreds of drownings each year, in part because of dangerous currents that are very different from those found in the ocean.

In the small flood-ravaged town of Springfield, La., Rachel Moriarity waited more than a week for a center where she could apply for emergency food stamps to finally open in the Am-Vets hall — but she's been turned away at the door.

This week they are processing only those with last names beginning with A through D.

"I don't have a vehicle to get here," she tells a staffer from the state, who replies that due to the volume of applicants in need, there isn't anything they can do.

When Donald Trump started a national conversation about his regrets the other day, he notably neglected to say just what he regretted.

"Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it — and I do regret it — particularly where it may have caused personal pain."

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Andy Uhler

Graduate students at Columbia, Duke and other places of higher education are celebrating a labor ruling made Tuesday night. The National Labor Relations Board decided that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities have the right to bargain collectively, to organize a union. Students at public institutions can already do this.  

How HP is faring with its printer-PC business

Aug 24, 2016
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Gigi Douban

The Hewlett-Packard Company's share price fell by half last year after HP broke itself into two smaller companies, and hasn't recovered much. As HP — the HP that kept the printer and computer lines — reports quarterly earnings, investors are looking for clues that getting smaller is working.

Consider this: In the printer world, there’s an old running joke. And if you’ve ever bought cartridges or toner, you’ll get it.

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Katie Long

New York just passed the halfway mark on its $1.3 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge, set to open in 2017. The aim is to attract mega ships, the ones now able to move through the expanded Panama Canal to the East Coast. But making room for these vessels with taller bridges and deeper harbors is just the beginning. The challenges start all over again when a giant ship actually docks.

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Mitchell Hartman

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this week. On August 26, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act putting 35 parks and monuments nationwide —including Yellowstone and Yosemite — under the new federal agency.

Today, that portfolio includes 409 parks and monuments, plus 23 national scenic and historic trails, and 60 wild and scenic rivers. The Park Service has 84 million acres of federal land to take care of, along with historic buildings, archaeological sites, and endangered species that range in and out of park boundaries.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about the aftermath of Hewlett-Packard's decision to split into two companies; a project in Baltimore where aircraft used cameras to watch citizens and help police solve crimes; and changes to Google's search rankings that are aimed at burying sites with distracting mobile advertising.

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