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7:13 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Design Firm Rethinks Learning Spaces

Students help Kurani designers learn about their neighborhood.
Kurani

When Danish Kurani left his large architecture firm in 2011 to study urban design at Harvard, he began to conceive of a design firm that would tackle almost every social issue imaginable: inequality, access to housing and clean water, health, you name it.

That idea would become Kurani, which he founded in 2013 in Atlanta. Eventually the firm decided to focus, by taking on what it saw as the root of so many social ailments: education.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Social Satire, Spiked With Schadenfreude In 'Everybody Rise'

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:03 am

New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford's ambitious debut novel, Everybody Rise, about a young social climber desperately trying to claw her way to the top of New York's Old Money society, takes its title from the last lines of Stephen Sondheim's bitter toast of a song, "The Ladies Who Lunch." But its inspiration (like that of Sophie McManus' The Unfortunates, another much buzzed first novel this summer) springs from Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

'Spice' It Up! Trump Factor Takes Toll On 'Blanded' Walker

Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa State Fair, where he encountered protesters over his record in Wisconsin.
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No Republican presidential hopeful this year has more riding on Iowa than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

After leading in polls in Iowa most of the year, Walker is suddenly slumping. And he might have Donald Trump to blame.

It's not necessarily that the support Walker had earlier in the summer, when he was the clear front-runner in Iowa polls, has gone to the real estate mogul. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz have seen something of a surge since the first presidential debate.

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Around the Nation
7:01 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Police Dashboard Camera Records Officer Helping Woman In Labor

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:14 am

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Second Explosion Hits Bangkok, As Police Track Down Suspect In First Blast

Investigations continue at the Erawan Shrine the morning after an explosion in Bangkok. Thailand's prime minister promised on Tuesday that authorities would quickly track down those responsible for the bombing.
Mark Baker AP

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:35 am

As police searched for a man they believe is responsible for a blast that killed at least 20 people and injured 140 others on Monday, a second explosion hit Bangkok on Tuesday.

The second explosion was not deadly. According to the Bangkok Post, someone threw a pipe bomb off a bridge. The bomb hit a pillar and detonated, "sending up a large plume of water."

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Around the Nation
6:07 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Heroin Crisis Ups Demand For Treatment As Program Funding Is Cut

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 4:46 pm

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Monkey See
6:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: The End Of The Tour

Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour.
A24

The End Of The Tour is an odd little film, made more so by the fact that it's being rolled out at the height of summer, a span of the cinematic year not generally associated with talky two-handers about writers, writing and the wages of literary fame.

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Shots - Health News
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues

Jo Ann Farwell, a retired social worker, has a brain tumor; she wanted to make sure her sons were clear about her end-of-life wishes. So, after talking with her doctor, she filled out a form that Oregon provides to ease those family conversations.
Alan Sylvestre Kristian Foden-Vencil/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 10:33 am

Remember so-called death panels?

When Congress debated the Affordable Care Act in 2009, the legislation included a provision that would have allowed Medicare to reimburse doctors when they meet with patients to talk about end-of-life care.

But then Sarah Palin loudly argued that such payments would lead to care being withheld from the elderly and disabled.

Her assertions greatly distressed Dr. Pamelyn Close, a palliative care specialist in Los Angeles.

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Can Reusable Bags At The Grocery Store Change What People Buy?

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:37 pm

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Chinese-Made 'Monster Hunt' Dominates Theaters During Hollywood Blackout

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:01 pm

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

How Pools Became Democratizing Forces In Rapidly Changing Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:14 am

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

In The Upper Midwest, Summertime Means Fish Boils

Mark Weborg, a fourth-generation fisherman in Door County, Wis.
Amanda Vinicky/WUIS

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 3:19 pm

Long ago, when settling the Great Lakes, Scandinavian immigrants brought with them an ingenious method of feeding lots of people, on the cheap.

A century later, coastal communities dotting the Midwest carry on what has become a tradition that is part meal, part spectacle. It's called the "fish boil."

Mark Weborg, whose family immigrated to the area in the 1800s, says his family has been doing fish boils for generations.

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NPR Story
5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Deadly Bomb Attack Rips Through Popular Bangkok Shrine

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:46 pm

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There is no shortage of theories about a bombing in Bangkok, Thailand.

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No shortage of theories but only so much evidence. No one has claimed responsibility for yesterday's attack on a popular religious shrine.

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Firefighters' Families Demand Answers About Tianjin Chemical Explosion

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:14 am

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

NRLB Rules Northwestern Football Players May Not Unionize

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 2:38 pm

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

For The First Time, Female Soldiers To Graduate From Army's Ranger School

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 5:50 pm

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

U.S. Steel To End Operations At Alabama's Fairfield Works Mill

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:14 am

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5:22 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Greek Islanders Struggle To Aid Refugees Without Losing Tourists

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 7:16 pm

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Politics
4:46 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Feeling Momentum, Carly Fiorina Visits The Iowa State Fair

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina poses for a photo in front of the Butter Cow while touring the Iowa State Fair on Monday in Des Moines.
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Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 1:42 pm

Republican Carly Fiorina failed to qualify for the main stage at the first GOP presidential debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. But recent polls suggest she got a boost from her standout performance in a smaller forum for candidates who were polling at the bottom of the field.

In her bid for the presidency, Fiorina is positioning herself as a conservative alternative to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is the only woman in the GOP race, and she has repeatedly criticized Clinton on the campaign trail.

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Music News
2:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

A Meme Gets An Uncomfortable Backstory In 'Straight Outta Compton'

In Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube's famous line from 1995's Friday — "Bye, Felicia!" — gets an origin story that has left some fans uncomfortable.

Originally published on Tue August 18, 2015 8:52 am

Straight Outta Compton, the provocative biopic on the late-'80s hip-hop group N.W.A, reportedly brought in more than $60 million last weekend. Among other things, it pays homage to a cultural reference made famous by its member Ice Cube in the 1995 film Friday -- one that later became shorthand to dismiss trolls on Twitter with the hashtag #ByeFelicia.

But writer Allison Davis didn't find the joke in Straight Outta Compton funny.

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