2:37pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Parallels

In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 6:13 pm

A massive cruise ships towers over Venice. Some 650 cruise ships now visit the Italian city annually, and critics say they threaten the city's fragile architecture.
Courtesty of the No Big Ships Committee

The fragile architectural treasures of Venice are endangered by rising sea levels, and a growing number of critics now say the city and its canals are at risk from massive cruise ships as big as floating skyscrapers.

On an average day, tens of thousands of passengers lean over the railings of cruise ships that can be 300 yards long and 15 stories high. The tourists peer down at the majestic Doge's Palace as they sail into St. Mark's basin and down the Giudecca canal.

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2:28pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Kids Watch TV As Parents Do, Not As They Say

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:28 pm

You think it's fun, and they do, too.
iStockphoto.com

Parents who think their children don't pay attention can take heart. They're doing their best to emulate your bad TV-watching habits.

Parents have been told repeatedly that setting rules and banning TVs in children's bedrooms will help limit TV time. But those much-researched and oft-touted methods don't seem to matter at all, according to a survey.

The only thing that really mattered was parental screen time. The more parents watched, the more their children watched.

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2:27pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Burger King Veggie Burger

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:24 pm

You've got your work cut out for you here, mayonnaise.
NPR

Burger King has made great reforms in the past few years, in case you haven't noticed. First, the election of its first Burger Prime Minister freed its citizens from the absolute monarchy that had ruled the restaurant for decades. Second, it created a veggie burger.

Eva: I wonder where they got the vegetarian pink slime.

Miles: I do have to hand it to Burger King, its food-shame substitute feels almost exactly like the real thing.

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2:15pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

55 Customers Pay For Next Car's Order At Mass. Doughnut Shop

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:17 pm

Daniel Kalker DPA /LANDOV

(Think of this as a coffee break from the day's serious stories.)

The standard may have been set back in December when 228 drive-through customers at a Tim Horton's in Winnipeg paid for the order of the folks in the next vehicle.

It was sort of a case of "pay it forward" by paying it backward.

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1:55pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Parallels

New Bangladeshi Law Lets Workers Unionize More Freely

A Bangladeshi garment worker participates in a protest outside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association office building in the capital, Dhaka, on July 11. The country's Parliament approved a new law that would allow workers to unionize more freely.
A.M. Ahad AP

The garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,000 people in April, has spurred the Parliament into action.

The legislature approved a law Monday that makes it easier for workers to unionize. The vote comes amid scrutiny of working conditions in the country after the building collapse outside Dhaka, the capital.

The building, Rana Plaza, housed garment factories that churned out products for some of the world's top brands.

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1:52pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:34 pm

A shandy in the summertime
Holly Clark Photo courtesy of Holly Clark Photography

A beer cocktail quaffed around the world for centuries is quickly becoming America's "it" drink of the summer: shandy.

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1:47pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Holder: Trayvon Martin Case Is A Chance For 'Difficult Dialogue'

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:59 pm

Speaking at a luncheon for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said he shared concerns about the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year."

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12:25pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Parallels

Datsun's Rebirth In India And The Revival Of Long-Gone Cars

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:45 pm

Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn poses with the Datsun Go in New Delhi on Monday. Its the first new Datsun model in more than three decades.
Manish Swarup AP

12:21pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Picture Show

Photo Exhibit Spanning Decades Reveals Our Collective War Story

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:13 am

War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning.

As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?

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11:56am

Mon July 15, 2013
Law

Inside The Zimmerman Verdict

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial raises questions about the legal strategies, the strength of the evidence, and the role of the legal system in addressing social issues. Host Michel Martin talks about all this with Georgetown law professor Paul Butler and TheRoot.com writer Jenee Desmond Harris.

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