Wed February 20, 2013


Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Guilty Plea From Jesse Jackson Jr. Over 'Lavish' Spending

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:51 pm

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., as he entered court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
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Saying that "I've never been more clear in my life" about what he was doing, a tearful Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday pleaded guilty to using about $750,000 in campaign funds collected for his congressional races to buy himself presents that included a Rolex watch worth more than $43,000.

The former congressman, a Democrat from Chicago, appeared in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. When he's sentenced in June, he could get a prison term of nearly five years.

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Wed February 20, 2013
KALW Almanac

February 20, 2013

51th day of 2013, 314 remaining

Sunrise: 6;52am
Sunset: 5:55pm

75% of the moon is visible, setting at 02:28am, rising at 12:33pm

Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 01:14am/02:21pm
High Tides: 07:08am/02:21pm

Special Celebrations today:

Today is Cherry Pie Day
It's Hoodie DAY
It's Love Your Pet Day
This is National Snack Food Month and Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month

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Wed February 20, 2013


Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Single-Family Housing Starts Edged Up In January

Going up: A construction worker at a housing development in San Mateo, Calif., in June 2012.
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Work was begun on 0.8 percent more single-family homes in January than had been started the month before, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

And the number of single-family starts was up 20 percent from January 2012.

A 26.1 percent drop in starts, from December to January, on construction of apartment buildings and other multi-family homes dampened the news somewhat.

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Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion

Fire fighters and utility workers at the scene of a massive gas explosion and fire Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
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"It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake," Tracey Truitt, a lawyer who was working in a nearby building, tells the Kansas City Star about an explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a restaurant in the city's Country Club Plaza.

At least 16 people were injured and as of early this morning one person remained missing, the Star says.

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Wed February 20, 2013

Museum Goers Strip Down To View Nude Exhibit

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:41 am



Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. An exhibit in a Vienna Museum titled "Nude Men From 1800 to the Present Day" drew a group of 60 present-day men who stripped down to view it. It was a special after-hours tour; they viewed the exhibition in nothing but socks and shoes. The tour guide was dressed. One of the men who viewed the art in his birthday suit first saw it while clothed. He said it's perfect to see naked men as a naked man. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Wed February 20, 2013

Italy Edges Out Election Pollsters

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:41 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Italy is trying to keep pollsters from influencing the outcome of an approaching election. Pollsters still do surveys for private clients, but are banned from publishing results. Some websites have found coded ways to report surveys. A gambling site reports polls disguised as fake horse racing results, with horses named after political parties. Another site offers fake cardinals supposedly contending to be pope.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Pistorius's Story Challenged: Witness Heard Screams And Shots, Police Say

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:41 am

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius in a Pretoria court Wednesday.

A neighbor has told investigators that he heard "gunshots ... a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots" coming from the South African home of Oscar Pistorius in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, a police officer testified Wednesday at a bail hearing for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

The witness has also told investigators about "non-stop talking" and sounds "like fighting" coming from Pistorius's home between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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Wed February 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Hilary Mantel Gets A Sales Boost After Kate Middleton Controversy

Hilary Mantel accepts the Costa Book Of The Year award in January.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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