11:48am

Wed July 17, 2013
Can I Just Tell You?

Is It Time To See Each Other's Tears?

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:18 pm

Rachel Jeantel, the witness who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he was killed, gives her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Sanford, Fla., last month.
Jacob Langston AP

As I was heading home the other day, I was thinking about a situation I encountered a while ago when I landed back in the Washington, D.C., area after a trip.

I was hungry and saw that one of my favorite lunch spots had opened an outpost at the airport. So I ducked in there and was just about to order when I realized that a young woman standing next to me was having some sort of confrontation. It was loud, and getting louder.

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11:42am

Wed July 17, 2013
Parallels

School Tragedy Puts Focus On Poor Health Of India's Children

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:42 pm

This man's daughter, who ate tainted food at a school on Tuesday, died in the eastern Indian city of Patna on Wednesday.
AP

We're following the tragedy in India where more than 20 children died after eating tainted food Tuesday at their school as part of their midday meal program.

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11:29am

Wed July 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Warm Winter Helped Fuel West Nile Outbreak In Dallas

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:43 am

A sprayer truck blankets a neighborhood in North Dallas with insecticide to curb mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in July 2012.
Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News Corbis

West Nile virus looked like it was waning as a health threat, with the number of cases dropping each year. Then last summer, it roared back.

The number of people infected with the mosquito-borne illness suddenly spiked in 2012. And Dallas was hit hardest of all.

People showed up in emergency rooms with encephalitis and paralysis, unable to breathe on their own.

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10:44am

Wed July 17, 2013
It's All Politics

How To Make A Congressman Sweat

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 11:30 am

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda speaks during the City of Fremont Legislative Brunch at Tesla Motors in Fremont, Calif., in May.
Jeff Chiu AP

In January, most members of Congress were catching their breath after a long campaign. Not California Rep. Mike Honda.

Just two months after winning a landslide re-election victory, the veteran Democrat was already busy campaigning for 2014. By the end of February, he had a campaign team in place. And he had lined up endorsements from a list of national Democratic heavyweights, beginning with President Obama.

Why the hurry?

A potential Democratic opponent named Ro Khanna was eyeballing Honda's seat.

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10:28am

Wed July 17, 2013
Economy

Market Mood Improves After Bernanke Remarks

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Ben Bernanke's latest comments are at the top of NPR's business news.

Stock and bond markets reacted positively to the Federal Reserve chairman's latest remarks on the economy this morning. Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill delivering the Fed's twice-yearly update on the economy and Fed policy before the House Financial Services Committee. NPR's John Ydstie joins us now to talk about it. And John, what was it that Bernanke said that impressed the market?

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10:19am

Wed July 17, 2013
All Tech Considered

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 11:06 am

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer keeps an eye on his dashboard computer as it reads passing car license plates.
Ross D. Franklin AP

License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.

But they notice you: A scanner can ID thousands of plates a day. And a new ACLU report says the vast majority of police agencies now use them.

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10:14am

Wed July 17, 2013
Goal!

Local Organization Seeks to Transform Inner-City with Soccer

Credit Chattanooga Sports Ministries (csm.is)

An interview with Steve Bontekoe of Chattanooga Sports Ministries

Since 2006, Chattanooga Sports Ministries has organized soccer leagues for inner-city youth. 

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10:09am

Wed July 17, 2013
Community

Children Learn to Give Back at Philanthropy Camp

Campers from Camp Tikkun Olam volunteer with the Chattanooga Food Bank in 2012.
Credit Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and the Chattanooga First  Church of the Nazarene will co-host Philanthropy Camp and Camp Tikkun Olam July 29 through August 2 to promote community giving in youth in grades 1 through 9. 

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9:27am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Bernanke: Fed's Monetary Policies Not On 'A Preset Course'

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 12:22 pm

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., last month.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that when and how the Fed winds down its stimulus programs will depend on economic conditions.

Here's the key passage from Bernanke's prepared remarks:

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8:20am

Wed July 17, 2013
The Two-Way

4 Zimmerman Jurors: Juror B37 Does Not Speak For Us

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 4:44 pm

George Zimmerman "probably feared for his life," juror B37 told CNN.
Gary W. Green EPA/LANDOV

Four women who served on the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman are distancing themselves from Juror B37, the anonymous woman who gave an extensive interview to CNN about the case.

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