2:05pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Do Want

Local Man Makes Dog Treats from Barley

Interview with Ben Whitelaw of Barley Bones

Barley is one of the main ingredients for some your favorite beverages. In its malt from, the cereal grain is used in almost every single beer. But a Chattanooga man has found a way to use barley for dog biscuits.

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1:47pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

A Tennis Tale: Once Famous, 'Gorgeous Gussie' Dies In Obscurity

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 10:10 am

Gertrude Moran, "Gorgeous Gussie," playing at Wimbledon in 1949. Her attire, which included a bit of lace, shocked some.
George W. Hales Getty Images

1:43pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Asia

'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:53 pm

Customers chat at a Beijing cafe modeled after the Central Perk cafe in the hit American sitcom Friends, in 2010. Nearly a decade after the series ended, the popularity of Friends continues among young Chinese, who use the show as a language-learning tool and enjoy its depiction of young Americans.
Ng Han Guan AP

Almost a decade since the end of the hit American TV series Friends, the show — and, in particular, the fictitious Central Perk cafe, where much of the action took place — is enjoying an afterlife in China's capital, Beijing. Here, the show that chronicled the exploits of New York City pals Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey is almost seen as a lifestyle guide.

Tucked away on the sixth floor of a Beijing apartment block is a mini replica of the cafe, orange couch and all, whose owner Du Xin introduces himself by saying, "Everyone calls me 'Gunther' here."

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1:42pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

London Police Arrest Two In 'Muslim Patrol' Incidents

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 5:58 pm

A screen grab taken from a video posted on YouTube.
YouTube

Over the past week, London has been hit by a series of incidents in which a group of self-styled vigilantes have accosted Londoners for not adhering to what they say are Islamic standards.

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1:23pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Hospices Turn Away Patients Without Caregivers At Home

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:56 am

Some hospices require patients to have a caregiver at home. But for many families, that's just not an option.
Guven Demir iStockphoto

Choosing hospice care is never an easy decision. It's an admission that the end is near, that there will be no cure.

But even after a family has opted for this end-of-life care, some still face an unexpected hurdle: Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don't have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey of nearly 600 hospice providers published in Health Affairs.

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12:38pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

House Passes GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan; Senate Democrats Offer Their Support

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:01 pm

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: By a vote of 285-144, the House just passed a Republican plan that postpones for three months the federal government's next bump up against the so-called debt ceiling.

As we said earlier, the measure would head off another big battle over raising the government's borrowing authority — such as the one in 2011 that almost led to a government shutdown.

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12:34pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Union Membership Continues Decline; Now At Lowest Level Since 1930s

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says union membership continues to decline in the United States.

In 2012, American Union membership rate dropped to 11.3 percent from 11.8 percent in 2011. As The Washington Post reports, that's the lowest level since the 1930s.

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12:13pm

Wed January 23, 2013
The Salt

How The Sweet Potato Crossed The Pacific Before Columbus

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 11:15 am

A well-traveled root: A vendor sells sweet potatoes at a market near Manila in 2011. The Portuguese brought the root to the Philippines all the way from the Caribbean.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to spreading food around the world, Christopher Columbus and his European compatriots get most of the credit.

Yes, they introduced some quintessential ingredients into European and Asian cuisine. Who could imagine Italian food without the tomato? Or Indian and Chinese dishes without the spicy kick of chili peppers?

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11:55am

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Old Drug Extends Life For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 3:55 pm

A CT scan showing an adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head.
Wikimedia Commons

A large study is providing a rare glimmer of hope for patients with pancreatic cancer, perhaps the deadliest of all malignancies.

By the time they're diagnosed, most patients with pancreatic cancer have advanced disease that's spread to the liver and lung. And the primary tumor may be inoperable because it's wrapped around vital blood vessels and nerves.

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11:29am

Wed January 23, 2013
Middle East

Did Syrian President 'Rejoice' In Obama's Speech?

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, President Obama's vision for reducing gun violence includes improving access to mental health care. So we decided to ask two mental health professions who've thought a lot about violence, especially gun violence, for their perspectives on what kinds of changes they think would be helpful.

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