Alfre Woodard has been a familiar face on television over the course of her three-decade career. She was up for an Emmy Award on Sunday for her role in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias. She didn't win that one, but she still has on her mantle previous Emmys for programs like The Practice and L.A. Law. Woodard is also a powerful presence on the big screen, as evidenced by her Oscar nomination for the 1983 film Cross Creek and roles in acclaimed features like Primal Fear and Love & Basketball.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:02 pm
The Memphis garage punks in Oblivians released three classic lo-fi albums in the mid-'90s before moving on — thankfully not into oblivion. For 12 years, band members Greg Oblivian, Jack Oblivian and Eric Oblivian — a.k.a. Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarber and Eric Friedl — have each carried on with other projects. In Cartwright's case, this included a record store; in Friedl's case, it included the Goner Records label.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We'd like to start the program today by trying to learn more about the attack this weekend on a popular mall in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 60 people were killed when attackers fought their way into Westgate shopping mall, eventually holding hostages there. In a moment, we'll try to learn more about al-Shabab. That's the group claiming responsibility.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 1:31 pm
Typhoon Usagi, which stormed ashore north of Hong Kong on Sunday evening, has been blamed for at least 25 deaths in south China's Guangdong province. Some 8,490 houses reportedly collapsed in the typhoon's winds, officials say.
"A total of 5.48 million people were affected and 310,000 residents were displaced due to the storm," reports the Xinhua state news agency, adding that the storm has caused an estimated $1.16 billion in direct economic losses.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm
Less than a week ago, it looked like the America's Cup — yachting's oldest and most prestigious trophy — would sail back to New Zealand after a near blowout of the U.S. defenders, who are sponsored by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.
"The global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000."
That still means there are an estimated 168 million child laborers around the world, and more than half "are involved in hazardous work" involving such things as dangerous machinery and harmful chemicals.
Kenyan security forces monitor the scene behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. The military launched a major operation to end a standoff with al-Qaida-link militants who stormed the upscale mall Saturday, throwing grenades and firing on civilians. At least 62 people were killed and 175 more were wounded in the attack.
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Smoke rises from the Westgate Mall. Witnesses reported multiple large blasts coming from the scene.
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Stephen, who lost his father in the attack, is comforted by relatives as he waits for a report outside the city morgue. Al-Shabab, a militant group based in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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People outside the mall shout at police officers Sunday as they grow frustrated with the slow development in the operation against the terrorists. A government spokesman said Monday that the operation would end soon. He said "very, very" few people, if any, remain in the mall and at least two "terrorists" were dead.
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Kenyan soldiers arrive at the mall after dawn. Al-Shabab has warned that it would attack Kenya in retaliation for the country's sending troops to Somalia in 2011.
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People escape from a fire allegedly started by gunmen inside the mall Saturday.
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A police officer tries to secure an area inside the mall.
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A woman who had been hiding during the gunbattle runs for cover after armed forces enter the mall.
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A security officer and others help a wounded woman. Witnesses say some people who could convince the attackers that they were Muslims were allowed to go.
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The attack on the mall is "the deadliest terror attack in Nairobi since the U.S. Embassy bombings of 1998, " NPR's Gregory Warner says.
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Kenya security forces monitor the scene behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Monday. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale mall and said it had rescued most of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff which started on Saturday.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 2:21 pm
What happens when a perfectly innocuous phrase takes on a more sinister meaning over time?
Case in point, the expression "to call a spade a spade." For almost half a millennium, the phrase has served as a demand to "tell it like it is." It is only in the past century that the phrase began to acquire a negative, racial overtone.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:26 am
Awards shows aren't easy. That's partly because they're fundamentally unsympathetic affairs in which rich pretty people give each other trophies, and partly because there are only a few real things on which they can be judged: the opening by the host, the montages and features, the speeches, the assorted intangibles and — oh, right — who wins.
By almost any of these measures, Sunday night's Emmy Awards were not only merely bad but really most sincerely bad, or at best (particularly in the case of winners) a bag that's very much mixed.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:49 pm
A court in Egypt has issued a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that is still protesting the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The court also ordered the group's assets to be seized.
"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," presiding Judge Mohammed al-Sayed said, according to Reuters.
Efforts are underway in Nairobi to remove the militants and others trapped in the high-end shopping mall after it was attack on Saturday. For more on what the situation is like, David Greene talks to an American who works for a non-governmental organization. She asks only to be identified by her first name Lauren.
Kenyan soldiers outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Monday. Inside, attackers had killed dozens of shoppers, wounded more and it was feared they also had hostages.
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A police officer's hand, holding a gun, as security personnel pointed people to safety Saturday at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/23/225318992/kenyan-police-say-theyre-closing-in-on-mall-attackers">Among those in the photo</a> is a friend of Associated Press correspondent Jason Straziuso. It's the man who is clutching his daughter as they run by.