12:40am

Tue July 9, 2013
The Salt

Why There Are Too Few Cooks For New York City's Elite Kitchens

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:10 pm

A view inside the kitchen at chef Peter Hoffman's farm-to-table restaurant, Back Forty West, in New York's Soho neighborhood.
Simon Doggett Flickr

New York City has long been considered the nation's epicenter for all things culinary. The borough of Manhattan had more than 6,000 restaurants at last count. And the city has the most three-star Michelin-starred restaurants in the country — closing in on Paris.

But lately, some cooks have begun to go elsewhere to make names for themselves.

Among the reasons for the culinary exodus: Chefs' obsession with local ingredients is making smaller communities a lot more appealing.

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12:39am

Tue July 9, 2013
The Salt

As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 11:56 am

Crop consultant Dan Steiner inspects a field of corn near Norfolk, Neb.
Dan Charles NPR

Across the Midwestern corn belt, a familiar battle has resumed, hidden in the soil. On one side are tiny, white larvae of the corn rootworm. On the other side are farmers and the insect-killing arsenal of modern agriculture.

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12:38am

Tue July 9, 2013
Monkey See

Pedal Power To Horsepower: Toys Point Toward Future Of Cars

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 8:46 am

Mark Takahashi is now one of the "car people" at Edmunds.com — but at the age of 2, the future automotive editor, like his co-worker Mike MaGrath, was more of a toy-car person.
Courtesy Mark Takahashi

Morning Edition has reported that the Toyota Camry is the best-selling car in the U.S., and the Ford Focus is the world's best-seller.

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12:37am

Tue July 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Treating The 'Body And Soul' In A Russian TB Prison

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:41 am

An inmate practices for the yearly talent show in the prison's concert hall. Such cultural activities are part of the hospital's treatment, which combines correction with education, medical and psychological therapy.
Konstantin Salomatin/for NPR

Igor Davydenko is rail-thin with dark circles under his eyes. He has a haunted look, reinforced by black prison overalls with reflective tape on the shoulders and cuffs.

Davydenko could be labeled as a loser in many ways. The 31-year-old is a drug addict, serving time for robbery and assault. He's serving his third stretch in a Siberian prison.

But Davydenko is about to become a winner in at least one way. If all goes well, he will soon be declared cured of one of the deadliest forms of tuberculosis.

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12:22am

Tue July 9, 2013

12:09am

Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Video: 3 Kidnapped Cleveland Women Say 'Thank You'

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 7:32 am

Amanda Berry shown in YouTube video.
AP

For the first time, the three women held captive in Cleveland for more than a decade have broken their public silence by releasing a thank you video on YouTube. It was posted at midnight.

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5:00pm

Mon July 8, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 8, 2013

The first of a two-part special on education and innovation in Oakland Schools.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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3:07pm

Mon July 8, 2013
Around the Nation

How Many Gay Couples Have Tied The Knot? Nobody Knows

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 9:36 am

Couples kiss at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, Calif., earlier this month.
Amy Taxin AP

Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, many questions have emerged about what the ruling may mean for same-sex couples.

There's one question, though, that would seem easy to answer: How many legal same-sex marriages are there in the U.S.?

The Limitations Of Self-Reporting

It turns out the answer is actually very complicated — so complicated that even experts such as Bob Witeck, president and founder of Witeck Communications, a marketing firm specializing in gay and lesbian consumers, are stumped.

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3:06pm

Mon July 8, 2013
It's All Politics

With An Eye Toward 2016, Rick Perry Reboots

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 3:37 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he will not seek re-election as governor, Monday in San Antonio.
Eric Gay AP

Picture the next 18 months of Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's road to national relevance.

Appearances on the late-night comedy shows, where he'll banter with Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, maybe even Jimmy Fallon.

A rolling, cross-country road show during which he'll tout the Texas economy and charm grassroots voters and deep-pocketed donors.

Mixing it up back home in Austin with intensifying battles to limit legal abortion and push back against "Washington policies."

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2:48pm

Mon July 8, 2013
Transportation

Bay Bridge Labor Day opening delayed

A still of the Bay Bridge from a live camera (via MTC)

The Bay Bridge opening has been delayed until at least December, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday. The brand-new eastern span of the bridge, which connects Oakland to San Francisco, was supposed to open this Labor Day. Back in March, bolts that hold together a key seismic structure snapped, throwing the opening date into question.

Transit officials said they needed to investigate why the bolts broke and develop a solution to ensure the bridge is seismically sound.

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