1:00pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Monkey See

Spiders And Fighting And Trees, Oh My: Filming 'The Hunger Games'

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 9:24 am

Jennifer Lawrence on the set of The Hunger Games.
Murray Close Lionsgate

There's a movie freshly out this weekend — perhaps you've heard of it.

The Hunger Games?

On Friday's Morning Edition, director Gary Ross and star Jennifer Lawrence talk to NPR's David Greene about the film.

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12:45pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Cat Falls 19 Floors, Lands Purrfectly

Sugar, after her fall.
Animal Rescue League of Boston

12:44pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Sanford Police Chief Will Step Down Temporarily

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 7:35 pm

Sanford Police Department Chief Bill Lee (left) announces he will temporarily step down in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing.
Mario Tama Getty Images
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Saying his role as police chief has "become a distraction," Bill Lee Jr. announced he was stepping down temporarily.

The Sanford, Fla. police chief has been under fire for the way he has handled the investigation surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Martin, who was unarmed, was shot by a a 28-year-old man, George Zimmerman, who claimed self defense.

During a news conference, today, Lee said that he stands by his police department, its personnel and the investigation that was conducted, but he was stepping down to "restore a semblance of calm to the city."

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12:34pm

Thu March 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Aide's Etch-A-Sketch Gaffe Won't Be Easily Erased

Rick Santorum beats up Mitt Romney with an Etch A Sketch, figuratively speaking.
Eric Gay AP

Etch A Sketch. Those three little words may become more of a bane to Mitt Romney's campaign than, say, Bain Capital.

As Romney's longtime aide, Eric Fehrnstrom, has learned to his chagrin, those three small words can make a very big difference.

Earlier this month, Fehrnstrom actually made a statement very similar in kind if not wording to what he said Wednesday on CNN.

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12:24pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

California Appoints Its First Latino Poet Laureate

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:27 pm

Juan Felipe Herrera.
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr,

We don't usually dabble in arts news, but we thought we'd pass along this piece of news from California, home to 13.7 million Latinos.

Gov. Edmund Brown has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as California's Poet Laureate. Herrera, 63, becomes the first Latino to be appointed to the position, which requires senate confirmation.

Here's how Brown's office described Herrera in its press release:

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12:12pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Arts & Culture

Death Guild, an alternative club for everyone

A group of people dressed in black and platform boots smoke cigarettes near the corner of 11th and Harrison in San Francisco. For someone just passing by, it can be an intimidating scene. But they’re not causing trouble; they’re actually standing outside what is quite possibly the most tolerant and accepting nightclub in San Francisco, Death Guild.

“We get people in business suits, we get people in preppy clothes, we get people in gothic clothes, we get people in fetish clothes,” says Brian Von Reber. “Basically, anything you can dream of, it's here.”

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12:10pm

Thu March 22, 2012
The Two-Way

'Thank God It's Over,' Australia's Most Wanted Man Says After Capture

"On his 2,466th night in the wilderness," the hunt for Malcolm Naden ended.

And when it did, Australia's most wanted man seemed relieved, police said afterward, according to The Sydney Morning Herald:

"Sitting on the sodden ground in handcuffs, surrounded by his captors, a lucid and relaxed Mr Naden said: 'Thank God it's over, I've had enough.' "

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11:48am

Thu March 22, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What Your Gynecologist Doesn't Know About Your Sex Life, But Really Should

Having trouble in bed? Don't expect your gynecologist to ask.
iStockphoto.com

If your OB-GYN doesn't ask you about your sex life, who will?

That's the question that comes to mind on reading about a new survey of the women's health specialists and what they don't talk about with their patients.

Most gynecologists did ask a patient if she was sexually active. A measly 14 percent asked about sexual activity and pleasure. Only 28 percent asked about a patient's sexual orientation. Yet one-quarter of the doctors say they had expressed disapproval of their patients' sexual practices.

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11:05am

Thu March 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Shooting Renews Debate On Vigilance Vs. Action

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 12:29 pm

A neighborhood watch sign stands outside The Retreat at Twin Lakes, the gated community in Sanford, Fla., where Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

Neighborhood watch programs have long been the eyes and ears of local law enforcement, keeping tabs on suspicious behavior. But the recent shooting death of an unarmed Florida teenager by a watch volunteer may incite debate over how to balance vigilance and action.

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11:04am

Thu March 22, 2012
The Salt

Wal-Mart And Grocers Agree To Stop Selling 'Pink Slime'

Beef on display at a new Wal-Mart store in Chicago. The retailer announced it will offer consumers meat that does not contain lean finely textured beef.
John Gress Reuters /Landov

Last week, we reported that the U.S Department of Agriculture decided it would give school food administrators alternatives to meat containing lean finely textured beef, also known as LFTB, or "pink slime" by its detractors.

Now, Wal-Mart has become the latest food retailer to announce that it's making changes after listening to customer concerns about LFTB.

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