Sun October 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

The proposed overpass would allow mountain lions to cross this section of freeway. One mountain lion was hit near here after apparently failing to make it over this wall.
Arun Rath NPR

In Los Angeles' Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion."

The big cat — known as P22 to ecologists — somehow made it across two very busy freeways to get there. Mountain lions like solitude, but if P22 wants to find a mate and have some cubs, he'll have to risk his life again in Los Angeles traffic.

P22's dilemma is one faced by an entire population of mountain lions along the 101 Freeway, less than 30 miles away from Griffith Park. The freeway slices right across the wilderness in this stretch of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Sun October 19, 2014
Author Interviews

Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 1:04 pm

The Lives of Muhammad book cover

The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was one of the most influential men in human history — but there's little we can say about his life with historical certainty. The details of his life have been debated and manipulated ever since he walked the earth in the seventh century.

Boston University professor Kecia Ali's new book, The Lives of Muhammad, examines those divergent narratives. In it, she explores the different ways the prophet's life story has been told and retold, by both Muslims and non-Muslims, from the earliest days of Islam to the present.

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Sun October 19, 2014
Code Switch

The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 10:38 am

The Boston Herald published this cartoon earlier this month.
The Boston Herald

The worst fate of all may be to make a terrible mistake and then learn the wrong lessons from the experience.

That's the thought I had reading a heartfelt column about the Boston Herald's unfortunate decision to publish a cartoon featuring a White House gate-crasher asking the nation's first black president if he had "tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste."

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Sun October 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 2:47 pm

The Pentagon is training a 30-person medical response team designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the team was formed based on a request from the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The team will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols," Kirby said.

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Sun October 19, 2014
The Two-Way

One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 2:57 pm

Suni back in 2009, when the rhino arrived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Riccardo Gangale AP

Northern white rhinos are one step closer to extinction, after one of only two breeding males known to exist was found dead at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

In a statement, the conservancy said Suni, 34, had not been poached, but they had not yet determined why the rhino died. It continued:

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Sun October 19, 2014
Around the Nation

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned three-weeks-old over the weekend. What began as a road block has grown into urban village with several hundred tents that attracts more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combo street fair, outdoor art gallery with political sculptures, propaganda posters as well as speeches, movie screenings and even a free library.

The vibe here is like an American college campus in the 1960s, except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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Sun October 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:40 am

The cruise ship Carnival Magic passes near Cozumel , Mexico, on Friday.
Angel Castellanos AP

A health care worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined "there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county."

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Sun October 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 3:15 pm

The exterior of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In a full-page letter published in Sunday's Dallas Morning News, Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the company that owns Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the hospital was "deeply sorry" for missing the ebola diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan.

If you remember, Duncan came into the hospital on Sept. 28 with a fever and other symptoms consistent with Ebola. He told a nurse he had traveled to Africa, but the doctor somehow missed that vital piece of information.

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Sun October 19, 2014

ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:44 am

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