5:49pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:51 am

A gene known as DRD2 affects the brain's dopamine system and is known to be associated with aggressive behavior.
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A gene that affects the brain's dopamine system appears to have influenced mothers' behavior during a recent economic downturn, researchers say.

At the beginning of the recession that began in 2007, mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene called DRD2 became more likely to strike or scream at their children, the researchers say. Mothers with the other "insensitive" version of the gene didn't change their behavior.

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5:29pm

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

In Baseball, Punishments Often Come With An Asterisk

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:01 pm

Despite already being in the Hall of Fame, New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was banned from baseball in 1983, for his work for a casino. He was reinstated in 1985. MLB suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular season games Monday.
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By suspending New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular-season games — through the end of the 2014 regular season — Major League Baseball stopped short of the lifetime ban that had been threatened.

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In August of 2008, Greg Collard took Interstate 77 - also known as the Hillbilly Highway - down to Charlotte and WFAE.

He came to us from West Virginia, where he spent eight years at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, including four as news director.

Greg has also worked at newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Greg is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

5:12pm

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

'Washington Post' To Be Sold To Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:03 am

View of the front page of the October 30, 2009 edition of The Washington Post.
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The Washington Post Co. will sell its flagship newspaper and one of the most respected news organizations in the country to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the company announced in a press release. The Post has been a family-owned business for four generations.

Amazon, the company said, will play no role in the purchase. Bezos is making the purchase personally.

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5:11pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Running Program Uses Goal-Setting To Help Homeless

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Cities usually have an array of services to combat homelessness. These include shelters, soup kitchens, job assistance programs. But there's a new trend in helping the homeless: running.

Greg Collard of member station WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina, reports on how running has changed the lives for some of the city's homeless people.

GREG COLLARD, BYLINE: You might wonder, how do you get the homeless interested in running? Well, here's a big enticement: free shoes. That grabbed the attention of Matthew Hoffman.

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5:11pm

Mon August 5, 2013
NPR Story

Amazon CEO To Buy 'Washington Post' And Sister Papers

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The man who pushed the book publishing industry into the digital age is now buying one of the country's most storied newspaper companies. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, is acquiring The Washington Post and its small sister papers. The news broke after the markets closed today. NPR's David Folkenflik covers the newspaper industry, and he joins me now. And, David, this was, I think, the best-kept secret in Washington. Tell us some details of this transaction and how it came about.

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5:11pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Around the Nation

From Cops To Lawyers, Indian Country Copes With High Crime

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

Tuba City, Ariz., corrections supervisor Robbin Preston in front of the new jail on the Navajo Nation. The recidivism rate was so high, Preston couldn't keep track of it.
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Arizona's Monument Valley is known for its red sandstone buttes and spires, but now it's notorious for something else: crime. The Navajo Nation is one of the most violent reservations in the country. According to FBI reports, over the past five years, more rapes were reported on the Navajo Nation than in San Diego, Detroit or Denver, among other cities.

The U.S. attorney's office tries to take on the most violent crimes, but it often lacks enough evidence to prosecute. And because of antiquated tribal codes, Navajo courts can only order someone to serve one year in jail.

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4:29pm

Mon August 5, 2013
The Salt

Long Awaited Lab-Grown Burger Is Unveiled In London

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:04 pm

Scientists say commercial production of cultured beef could begin within 10 to 20 years.
David Parry / PA Wire

After three months, $330,000 and a high-profile media blitz, the world's first hamburger grown in a lab made its worldwide debut Monday.

The unveiling of "cultured beef," as the burger is branded, was a production worthy of the Food Network era, complete with chatty host, live-streamed video, hand-picked taste testers, a top London chef and an eager audience (made up mostly of journalists). Rarely has a single food gotten such star treatment.

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4:08pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Education

New Public Service Awareness Campaign Helps Kids, Parents Discuss Bullying and Cyberbullying

Project Anti-Bully has developed a social media campaign to help kids and parents talk about bullying.  The campaign is called It’s Not Physical  It’s Personal.

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3:55pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Data Dive Finds Doctors For Rent

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 7:04 am

What's up, doc?
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Silly me. I thought "rent-seeking" was something only landlords did.

But economists have their own way of looking at the world. To them, rent-seeking is a term for describing how someone snags a bigger share of a pie rather than making a pie bigger, as the venerable Economist explains it.

So, a drugmaker can be seen as a rent-seeker if it cajoles doctors to prescribe more of a particular brand of medicine at the expense of a rival pharmaceutical company's wares.

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