8:51am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Picture Show

Midnight In The Garden Of Long Exposures

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:04 am

Hanami (flower viewing), Sakura (Cherry Blossom Festival), Maruyama Park, Kyoto, Japan
Diane Cook and Len Jenshel National Geographic

Feeble human eyes require a certain level of light to see color. Cameras, though, have the magical ability to expose the world at night. Husband-and-wife photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel have been playing with long-exposure photography for years — more specifically, in moonlit gardens.

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8:30am

Fri February 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Parents, Just Say No To Sharing Tales Of Drug Use With Kids

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:55 am

Have a talk about avoiding drug use early and often. And don't overshare.
iStockphoto.com

It's a moment many parents dread — sitting down to talk with their kid about drugs. What should they say? Will the conversation have any effect? And should they mention their own youthful indiscretions?

Parents can get advice from the family doctor or pediatrician and places like the Partnership at Drugfree.org (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), though there's not been much evidence to back up the recommendations.

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8:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
It's All Politics

A User's Guide To Washington Jargon

House Speaker John Boehner held a news conference Feb. 13 in which Republicans promoted the hashtag #Obamaquester to blame President Obama for automatic spending cuts set to kick in March 1.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

It's not as elegant as some languages, but neither is it as impenetrable as, say, an economics textbook or the iTunes user agreement.

"We have our own language on Capitol Hill," says Don Ritchie, head of the Senate Historical Office.

That language — the budget terms and political euphemisms that fly freely through the air in Washington, D.C. — often ends up seeping into the nation's discourse.

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8:13am

Fri February 22, 2013
Africa

In South Africa, Crime And Violence Are Permanent Headlines

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:48 am

A women's group protests Tuesday outside the courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, where Oscar Pistorius was attending his bail hearing. Violence against women is widespread in South Africa, and was already part of the national debate before the Pistorius case.
Waldo Swiegers AP

No place has been as riveted by Oscar Pistorius and the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend as South Africa.

But even before this sensational story burst into the headlines, South Africans were fiercely debating issues that are more or less permanent fixtures in this country — crime, and violence against women.

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7:22am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Salt

For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 9:26 am

Alcohol: a key babyproofing product for this little mother.
Illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner Photos via istockphoto.com

Many a mom has reached for a glass of wine after a long day of tending children. But only fruit fly moms use their version of Chardonnay to guard their babies from harm.

When fly moms see marauding wasps, they seek out the alcohol in fermenting fruit, and lay their eggs there, according to new research. The alcohol is toxic to the wasps, but not to the fruit flies. They've evolved a tolerance for hooch.

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7:13am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Tebow Won't Attend Controversial Megachurch Opening

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:54 am

Tim Tebow, center, leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargers on December 23.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Tim Tebow has bowed out of a promise to appear at the opening of a new megachurch in downtown Dallas whose pastor has been criticized for making derogatory remarks about non-Christians and homosexuals.

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5:47am

Fri February 22, 2013
KALW Daily Almanac

February 22, 2013


53th day of 2013, 312 remaining


Sunrise: 6;50am
Sunset: 5:57pm


89% of the moon is visible, setting at 04:37am, rising at 03:15pm


Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 02:54am/03:37pm
High Tides: 08:50am/10:36pm


Special Celebrations today:


Today is National Margarita Day
It's Walking the dog Day
It's International Thinking Day
Be Humble Day
 ...
This is National Snack Food Month and Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket
Month National Heart Month

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5:31am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Storm Buries Kansas, Missouri As It Heads East

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:39 am

Scene along I-35 near Kansas City on Thursday.
Orlin Wagner Associated Press

The biggest winter storm this season is causing delays and cancellations, and has brought traffic to a near-standstill in the Plains and Midwest, but it's providing much-needed relief for drought-stricken farmers.

According to Weather Underground Chief Meteorologist Jeff Masters, Wichita has its fifth biggest snowfall on record.

Winter Storm Q has dumped up to 17 inches of windswept snow in parts of Kansas and Missouri and is expected to extend its reach well into the Midwest on Friday.

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4:34am

Fri February 22, 2013
World

Teachers Use Faux Disney Trip To Snare Snooping Student

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. At a school in Windsor, Ontario, teachers suspected an eighth grader was going through a teacher's desk. So they planted brochures for a beautiful class trip to Disney World. They even made a presentation, and then said: just kidding. The snooping student got his comeuppance but other kids and parents were furious. The school apologized. The real student trip will be to a bowling alley. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:21am

Fri February 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Boy Calls Police To Report His Nagging Mom

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A boy in Brockton, Massachusetts really did not want to go to bed. He's 10 years old, after all, getting to be a big kid and it was only 8:00. His mom insisted. The boy replied, I'm going to call the cops on you. His mom said, Go right ahead, and so the boy did, calling 911 to complain about his nagging mother. The Enterprise newspaper says police came and gently explained when it's appropriate and not to dial the emergency number.

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