Mon July 8, 2013
Around the Nation

Why Catastrophic Airline Crashes Have Become More Survivable

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 10:06 am

National Transportation Safety Board officials handed out this photo of the burnt shell of Asiana Flight 214 during their first assessment of the crash. Two people died Saturday and scores more were injured.
AFP/Getty Images

The Boeing 777 that crash-landed in San Francisco has one of the best safety records in the industry. In addition to the plane's solid reputation, many other factors helped save lives in Saturday's crash — from fire-rescue training to aircraft design.

If you look at pictures of the gutted, charred fuselage of Flight 214, you'd wonder how anybody made it out alive. All but two of the 307 passengers and crew survived. Both people killed were teenage girls from China.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

It Was A 'Horrific Honor' To Recover 19 Firefighters' Bodies

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 9:20 am

On Sunday in Phoenix, the 19 bodies of firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in central Arizona were driven to Prescott, where the "hotshot" team was based.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

"I don't want strangers going in and getting them out of there. I want to be the one that gets to go in there and get them out of there. It's a horrific honor to go in and do that."

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Mon July 8, 2013
KALW Almanac

Monday July 8, 2013

  • 189th Day of 2013 / 176 Remaining
  • 76 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
  • Sunrise:5:55
  • Sunset:8:33
  • 14 Hours 38 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:6:28am
  • Moon Set:8:43pm
  • New Moon @ 12:16am
  • The Next Full Moon
  • July 22 @ 11:16am
  • Full Buck Moon
  • Full Thunder Moon
  • Full Hay Moon

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Devastated' Quebec Town Waits For Word About Missing

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 3:53 pm

Comforting each other: A group of young women in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on Sunday. People there are waiting to hear the fate of 40 people still missing after Saturday's train derailment and the massive explosions that followed.
Mathieu Belanger Reuters /Landov

With 40 people still missing after massive explosions Saturday in the center of their town, the people of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, begin the week "with fears that the death toll from a weekend rail disaster could surge," CBC News writes.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

10 Killed In Crash Of Alaska Air Taxi

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 11:11 am

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska.
Rashah McChesney Peninsula Clarion

One of the worst civilian aviation accidents in the state in at least 25 years killed all 10 people aboard an air taxi in Alaska on Sunday, the Anchorage Daily News writes.

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Mon July 8, 2013
Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:31 pm

Download Valerie June's "Workin' Woman Blues" in this month's edition of Heavy Rotation.
Courtesy of the artist
  • WWNO's Gwen Thompkins on "Ballet Class" by Jason Marsalis

Another month, another great mix of new music chosen by public radio's top DJs. Download an explosive new track from Neko Case, discover the Shabazz Palaces-approved Seattle rapper Porter Ray and get to know Valerie June, one of public radio's frontrunners for Best New Artist of 2013. Grab all 10 of our picks below, as chosen by the following contributors:

  • Chris Campbell, DJ at WDET's ALPHA channel in Detroit
  • Lars Gotrich, producer and host of Viking's Choice at NPR Music
  • Anne Litt, DJ at KCRW in Los Angeles
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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Dramatic Crash Video Among Latest Clues In Asiana Accident

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 9:19 am

Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 aircraft, after Saturday's crash at San Francisco International Airport.
NTSB/Contra Costa Times MCT/Landov
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Richard Gonzales reports

"Oh my God ... oh my God ... oh my God."

That was plane spotter Fred Hayes' reaction Saturday as he videotaped what turned out to be the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 4:46 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed By Shots Fired At Pro-Morsi Gathering In Cairo

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:44 am

A wounded man is helped from the scene Monday in Cairo after shots were fired during a protest against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
Mohammed Saber EPA /LANDOV

(This post was last updated at 5:45 p.m. ET.)

An already dangerous, volatile situation turned even deadlier early Monday in Cairo when dozens of people were killed at a protest outside the Republican Guard facility where it's believed ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held. Most of those who died are reported to have been among a large group of Morsi's supporters.

Update at 5:45 p.m. ET. Date Set For Egypt's Election

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