Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra'

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:43 am

Models from Triumph International display the new "Branomics Bra" on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AP

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focuses on boosting his country's bottom line, a lingerie company is hoping to give Japan a different type of lift.

The "Branomics Bra" from Triumph International is a play on Abe's economic policy known as "Abenomics." The company says the garment has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's persistent inflation problem, according to Reuters.

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Great Fake? 'Kiss Cam Breakup' Video Goes Viral

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Thu May 9, 2013
Code Switch

On Behalf Of [BLANK] People Everywhere ...

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 12:23 pm

Cleveland prosecutor Victor Perez stepped into the familiar ethnic spokesman role when he distanced the city's Puerto Rican population from Ariel Castro, who is accused of kidnapping several women.
David Duprey AP

When Cleveland officials announced charges against Ariel Castro — the suspected kidnapper of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — prosecutor Victor Perez wanted to make sure people knew where the city's "Puerto Rican community" stood.

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Thu May 9, 2013

Remembering Monster-Maker Ray Harryhausen

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 11:19 am

Medusa from 1981's Clash of the Titans is among legendary animator Ray Harryhausen's many creations.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Ray Harryhausen, who died Tuesday in London at age 92, became fascinated with animation after seeing King Kong in 1933. He went on to create some of the most memorable monsters of old Hollywood, from dinosaurs to mythological creatures.

His monsters, however, were never completely divorced from the real world.

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Thu May 9, 2013
Around the Nation

Cleveland Hostage's Mom 'Died Of A Broken Heart'



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart spoke out earlier this week about lessons she hopes others will learn from her ordeal, including how to talk to young women about sex. We'll speak with a writer and blogger who shares Smart's Mormon faith about this in just a few minutes.

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Salt

Wrigley: Maybe We Won't Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:20 am

Wrigley took its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum off the market after it prompted FDA scrutiny of caffeinated foods.
Wrigley Incorporated

Less than two weeks after launching its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, the Wrigley Company decided that maybe the world wasn't ready for amped-up chewing gum after all.

On April 30, the day after Alert Energy launched, the Food and Drug Administration said it was going to take a "fresh look" at caffeinated foods, particularly their effect on children and teenagers.

Being out front on caffeinated confections evidently wasn't a comfortable place to be.

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Thu May 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 8:10 am


Cervical cancer takes its greatest toll in the countries whose economies and health systems are poorest.

Women in those places are less likely than those in rich countries to get regular Pap tests to detect the cancers when it can be treated effectively.

Of the 275,000 women who die of cervical cancer each year, more than 85 percent, or at least 234,000, are in low-income countries.

But a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer could go a long way toward lowering the risk in those less developed countries. Problem is, the shots are pretty expensive.

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Thu May 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Everton's Moyes To Replace Ferguson At Man United

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (left) and Everton manager David Moyes (right) during a match in April 2012. Moyes will succeed the retiring Ferguson at Man United.
Peter Powell EPA /LANDOV

One day after the world's most famous soccer coach announced his upcoming retirement, his replacement has been chosen.

The English Premier League's Everton Football Club announced Thursday that manager David Moyes would step down after its last game this season, on May 19. According to the club:

"The manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United."

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Thu May 9, 2013

Just Seven Days: Give early and keep it short!

When it comes to public radio pledge drives, shorter is better.  That's why the KALW Spring Campaign will last just seven days.  It starts next Thursday -- give early today and help keep it short.

And post your ideas for when shorter is better on KALW's Facebook page or by tweeting them with #keepitshort.  Or drop us a line at kalw@kalw.org.


Thu May 9, 2013

Thank you for making KALW's Spring Campaign a big success!

When it comes to public radio pledge drives, shorter is better.  That's why KALW's Spring Campaign was just seven-and-a-half days.  And thanks to the amazing community that supports independent, non-commercial media in the Bay Area, we made it to our big goal of $350,000.

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