Wed July 9, 2014

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:28 pm

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:18 am

It might be the oldest tree in Britain. A yew tree that sprawls over a churchyard in Wales is more than 5,000 years old, according to experts. While it's not exceptionally tall, the tree has a wide canopy. And it dates back to the era of Egypt's pharaohs.

From NPR's London bureau, Rich Preston reports:

"The 60-foot-wide yew tree sits in the grounds of St Cynog's churchyard near Swansea in Wales. Recent DNA and ring-count testing shows the tree to be more than 5,000 years old — making it older than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Defending Tour De France Champ Froome Quits Race

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:32 am

Britain's Chris Froome gestures to a teammate (right) after getting up from his third crash in two days. Froome, who hurt his wrist in Tuesday's fall, has abandoned the race that he won in 2013.
Laurent Cipriani AP

Chris Froome, who raced to the top of the podium in Paris last July, is out of this year's Tour de France after falling in treacherous conditions on today's stage of the bicycle race.

Today's stage had been predicted to be harrowing, owing to the course's inclusion of cobblestones. But Froome went down twice before the race even reached that point, leaving his riding kit torn on both thighs and one shoulder, where a bloody wound could be seen.

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Wed July 9, 2014
Goats and Soda

This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

Joseph Kibunja guides blind runner Henry Wanyoike (in sunglasses).
Ryan Kellman NPR

When Henry Wanyoike and Joseph Kibunja first started running, it was out of necessity. The childhood friends had no other way to travel the three miles from their Kenyan village to school. So they made the barefoot trek every day, in both directions, regardless of weather.

Thirty years later, Wanyoike and Kibunja are still running together, only now, they're headed to the finish lines of races around the world — and often getting there first.

Although Kenya is known for producing champion runners, the duo stands out: Wanyoike is blind and Kibunja serves as his guide.

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Wed July 9, 2014
KALW Almanac

Wednesday July 9, 2014

  • 190th Day of 2014 / 175 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 75 Days
  • Sunrise:5:56
  • Sunset:8:33
  • 14 Hours 37 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:5:51pm
  • Moon Set: 3:17am
  • Moon Phase: 90%
  • The Next Full Moon
  • July 12 @ 4:26 am
  • Full Buck Moon
  • Full Thunder Moon
  • Full Hay Moon  

July is normally the month when the new antlers of

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Wed July 9, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/9/2014

Sandip Roy: Football!!

Argentina support
Sandip Roy

World Cup fever is infecting the entire world... including Kolkata, India!  

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Wed July 9, 2014
Goats and Soda

Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:44 pm

Nick Stadlberger in Africa.
Courtesy of Nick Stadlberger

Nick Stadlberger, a fourth-year medical student at Dartmouth College spent four weeks this spring in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working in the infectious disease ward at Muhimbili Hospital as part of his school's global health program.

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Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Brazil Reels From Thrashing That Bounced It From World Cup

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:45 am

A fan screams as she watches Brazil lose to Germany, in a live telecast Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The host nation is reeling from its loss in the World Cup semifinal.
Bruno Magalhaes AP

"The worst game I saw in my life" is how one Brazilian fan describes it. Another says it's simply a tragedy. Some angry fans burned Brazil's flag in the street.

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Wed July 9, 2014
Code Switch

Immigrants Sending Money Back Home Face Fewer Options

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 9:04 am

A customer stands at the counter at Unitransfer, a money transfer company at the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

The giant remittances economy — which consists of folks, mainly immigrants, sending money across borders — has been expanding for years. In 2014, the World Bank expects that people will send $436 billion in remittances to developing countries (despite more deportations of migrant workers). And by 2016, the World Bank projects that global remittances will rise to $681 billion, with remittances to developing countries landing at $516 billion.

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Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel Continues Gaza Offensive, Hints At Ground Operation

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:21 pm

Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday. Since the Gaza offensive began Tuesday, Israel has attacked more than 400 sites in Gaza.
Ariel Schalit AP

Update at 2:42 p.m. ET

Israeli leaders are signaling that a ground invasion might be imminent as the offensive on Gaza intensifies, killing at least 53 people and wounding 465 others.

The toll comes from the Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry.

Reporter Daniel Estrin tells NPR's Newscast unit that Israel's military struck at least 200 Hamas targets on the second day of its offensive on the Gaza Strip. The operation is in response to rocket attacks from Gaza toward Israeli cities.

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