9:56am

Wed June 26, 2013
Code Switch

Are HBCUs In Trouble? An Evergreen Question

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:46 pm

President Obama spoke last month at commencement ceremonies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, which brought fresh attention — and scrutiny — to historically black colleges.
Carolyn Kaster ASSOCIATED PRESS

Earlier this month, St. Paul's College, a tiny, 125-year old liberal arts college in southern Virginia, quietly announced that it was throwing in the towel and would be closing its doors at the end of June.

The 600-student college had been struggling for years to find funding and to remain in good standing with the accrediting body that governed it. But St. Paul's president said that its plan to merge with another unnamed historically black college or university (HBCU) had suddenly and unexpectedly imploded, leaving the school's board of trustees with few options.

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9:37am

Wed June 26, 2013
'Listening With Eyes'

Do You Need to Attend Defensive Hearing School?

David Harrison
Credit Let My People Hear

Let My People Hear is a nonprofit organization that helps deaf and hearing impaired people communicate through skills taught at Defensive Hearing School.

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9:09am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: Teary Paula Deen Says She's No Racist

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:18 am

Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in 2012, in New York. In her deposition for a lawsuit by a former employee, Deen admits to having used racial slurs, among other things.
Carlo Allegri AP

Paula Deen, the Food Network star under fire over a racially charged deposition, says she is no racist.

Deen, who has been dropped by the Food Network and as spokeswoman for Smithfield Foods, gave a teary interview to the Today show this morning.

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9:03am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Salt

Fruity With A Hint Of Bologna: A Slacker's Guide To Wine Tasting

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 9:29 pm

Swigging for science: A hint of oak, our wine tasting newbies learned, is more common in reds than whites. It's a marker for expense in both.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Wine tasting has taken it on the chin recently.

"There are no two ways about it: the bullsh*t is strong with wine."

That's what Robert T. Gonzales recently wrote on io9.com in a post that eviscerated wine tasting as a form of skilled craft. "Wine tasting. Wine rating. Wine reviews. Wine descriptions," he writes. "They're all related. And they're all egregious offenders, from a [expletive deleted] standpoint."

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8:28am

Wed June 26, 2013
Parallels

Jordan Accused Of Targeting Online Dissent

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:43 pm

A Jordanian woman surfs the Web at an office in the Amman, Jordan, on Sept. 30, 2009. The country's government is under fire from media activists for blocking hundreds of websites across the kingdom.
Ali Jareki Reuters /Landov

Jordan's King Abdullah vowed to make the desert kingdom a "free Internet" country as he began his rule more than a decade ago. On June 2, when local Internet providers were ordered to block hundreds of news websites across the kingdom, Web publishers protested the broken promise and international media watchdog organizations charged censorship.

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8:12am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Turkish Protesters Form 'Taksim Square Book Club'

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 8:15 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:46am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Expected To Issue Historic Rulings On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:38 pm

Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Update at 10:45 A.M. ET:

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7:42am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Prime Minister Julia Gilliard Ousted By Kevin Rudd

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:40 pm

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during question time at Parliament House on Wednesday in Canberra, Australia.
Stefan Postles Getty Images

In a move designed to salvage upcoming elections, Australia's Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard in favor of Kevin Rudd.

Reuters explains the politics:

"Rudd, a former diplomat who speaks Mandarin, won a Labor Party ballot with 57 votes to Gillard's 45. Gillard promised to quit politics if she lost the ballot.

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7:22am

Wed June 26, 2013
Europe

Famous Hawk Is Back In The Spotlight

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:13 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Wimbledon is underway, which means the tennis world's most famous hawk is back in the spotlight. No, not the Hawk-Eye ball tracking technology linesmen use to help make calls, an actual hawk. His name is Rufus, and his job is to scare pesky pigeons away from the All England Club before the crowds of tennis fans arrive. Rufus also worked the 2012 Olympics. The hawk, of course, has his own Twitter account to squawk at his admirers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:19am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Archbishop Prays For 'Peaceful, Perfect End' For Nelson Mandela

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:26 pm

A well-wisher walks in front of a wall in Pretoria covered with messages for ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela on Wednesday.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital in critical condition.

South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited the hospital to pray with his family on Tuesday. On his Facebook page, Makgoba posted the prayer he said for the 94-year-old anti-apartheid legend and former president. He wrote:

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