3:35pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Associated Press: Feds Secretly Obtained Reporter Phone Logs

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:04 am

Mario Tama Getty Images

The Associated Press news agency says that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of telephone records on 20 lines used by its reporters and editors.

The records covered April and May 2012, and according to the AP:

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3:33pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:08 am

Dr. Joyce Brothers in a January 16, 2004 in New York City.
Peter Kramer Getty Images

Dr. Joyce Brothers, whose long-running television show dispensed advice on life and relationships to her viewers, has died in New York at age 85, according to her publicist.

She died on Monday of natural causes, Sanford Brokaw said.

Brothers, who was a pioneer of the television advice show, first gained fame as a winning contestant on the television game show "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, becoming the only woman ever to win the top prize. The AP says:

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2:48pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Poll: Americans Split Over Benghazi Issue

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:17 pm

Americans appear to be split over the Obama administration's handling of the aftermath from the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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2:41pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Parallels

A Pricey In-Flight Bed Gives Netanyahu Political Nightmare

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 7:37 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads the weekly Cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem on Monday. He's facing criticism for spending $127,000 of public money to outfit an El Al jet with a double bed plus a wall around it so he and his wife could rest well (and privately) on a flight to London last month.
Uriel Sinai AP

First it was ice cream, now a good night's sleep.

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2:15pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Parallels

As Stigma Eases, Single Motherhood In Mexico Is On The Rise

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:25 pm

Maria Carlotta Santa Maria is a single mother in Mexico and is the sole wage earner in her household. Women like her are becoming more common there, and the stigma once associated with having children out of wedlock is fading.
Carrie Kahn NPR

On her daily route delivering laundry in her working-class neighborhood in southern Mexico City, Maria Carlotta Santa Maria, or Mari, as she is known, seems to know everyone: the mailman, the woman on the corner selling salty nuts, and her favorite greetings are for the guys at the corner gas station.

Mari is the kind of person that can make this inhospitable and overwhelming megacity seem almost small and friendly. But as a single mother, she says raising her 10-year-old daughter Jimena alone hasn't been easy.

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2:14pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Culture

Radio Ambulante: El chamán / The Shaman

Clouds over Bogotá, Colombia
Flickr user AnnGrlk CC License

The intense winter rains of 2011 left thousands of Colombians flooded out of their homes and claimed hundreds of lives. That same year, a man named Jorge Elías González became infamous for taking public money to keep the skies clear over Bogotá. Melba Escobar tells us his story.

Las intensas lluvias del invierno del 2011 dejaron a miles de colombianos sin casas y cientos de muertos. Ese mismo año, un hombre llamado Jorge Elías González se volvió famoso por cobrar dineros públicos para mantener el cielo de Bogotá despejado. Melba Escobar nos cuenta su historia.

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2:11pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Card-Carrying Cajuns? Louisiana Lawmakers Weigh ID Change

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 2:15 pm

Louisiana drivers would be able to add the message "I'm a Cajun" on their licenses, under a bill making its way through the statehouse. Here, shrimp fisherman Merlin Boudreaux holds up part of his catch in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, La.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

A bill making its way through the Louisiana Legislature would let Cajun citizens celebrate their ancestry by customizing their driver's license, adding the phrase "I'm a Cajun" below their photograph.

It would cost $5 to add the message; the money would go toward "scholarships distributed by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, a program promoting French language and culture in the state," reports NOLA.com.

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2:08pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Tamale Spaceship

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:21 pm

Object larger than it appears (Ian has giant hands).
NPR

Chicago's Tamale Spaceship food truck happened to land near our office this Sandwich Monday. We considered it our duty as hungry earthlings to eat as many tamales as it takes to ensure we're never called up for NASA's astronaut program.

The tamale heroes who run Tamale Spaceship wear Mexican wrestling masks. They do this to intimidate you into spending $4 on a single tamale and to protect themselves from flying tamale debris.

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2:05pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

An 'Entrepreneurial Seedling' Sprouts In Detroit

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 2:42 pm

A worker with The Empowerment Plan creates a coat that will later be donated to a homeless person. The organization works inside Ponyride, a 30,000-square-foot warehouse near downtown Detroit. The warehouse hosts other local businesses, too.
Courtesy of Order & Other

Detroit is littered with empty warehouses — more than 7,000, by one estimate. They've become skeletons of the city's industrial past.

But not this warehouse, where Jennifer Blake is feeding quilted fabric through a sewing machine. She's making a coat. Fashioned with Velcro fastenings, it has a sleeping bag that slips out on the bottom, and is made of recycled car parts, she says.

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2:04pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Culture

Radio Ambulante: Los punketos / The Punks

Punk Frida graffiti in Oaxaca, Mexico
Flickr user wojohowitz CC License

Miguel and Alfredo cross the US-Mexico border and arrive in New York City, where they meet, and build a friendship based on a love of punk music. This piece was produced by Eric Pearse Chávez with help from Anayansi Díaz-Cortes, Leo del Aguila, Betto Arcos, and Lu Olkowski.

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