1:50pm

Thu August 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Will Tropical Storm Isaac Blow The GOP Convention Off Course?

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:05 pm

Republican National Committee officials unveiled the stage inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week ahead of the Republican National Convention, which may or may not begin Monday.
Tim Boyles Getty Images

Hurricanes and politics don't mix. That's why next week's gathering in Tampa, Fla., might be the second-consecutive Republican National Convention to be delayed by a storm.

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1:26pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Drought's Still Deep In Nation's Midsection

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:04 pm

The week of Aug. 21.
National Drought Mitigation Center

Though there were "a few notable improvements" in places such as Indiana, where beneficial rains fell, the deep drought that has dug in across much of the nation's midsection continued in the past week, according to the statisticians at the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Their maps from the past three weeks tell the story.

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12:59pm

Thu August 23, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Ivan Dies At 50: A Gorilla Life, Remembered

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 2:11 pm

Ivan chews on his finger at Zoo Atlanta in 1996.
John Bazemore AP

I've written before in this space about how an animal obituary may help mark a life of significance. Here is my obituary for Ivan the gorilla.

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12:57pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Author Interviews

Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:28 pm

Paul Auster is the author of fiction including The New York Trilogy and In the Country of Last Things.
Lotte Hansen Picador

Paul Auster doesn't take living for granted. At 65, the author has had several "near misses," from sliding face-first into a jutting nail as a child to a traumatic car accident that almost killed him, his wife and his daughter.

Auster's new memoir, Winter Journal, is a series of meditations on his life, aging and mortality — including his mother's death.

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12:55pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

One Poll Finds Zero Percent Of Blacks Support Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the NAACP annual convention in Houston, Texas in July.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Over at The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart writes that few poll numbers "make me gasp."

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12:28pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Calling for 10 minute playwrights

The third annual Ten for Tenn Play Festival presented by the Fine Arts and Theater Department of Tennessee Wesleyan College has extended the deadline for script submissions. 

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11:28am

Thu August 23, 2012
Africa

South Africa Mine Shooting Hints At Deep Divisions

Memorial services are being held for miners shot dead recently by police at a South African mine. The violent images were compared to the darkest days of apartheid. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with prominent Johannesburg radio host John Robbie to gauge the mood in the country.

11:28am

Thu August 23, 2012
Around the Nation

Cop Car Death Ruled Suicide, But Doubts Remain

Questions are swirling around the death of a 21-year-old Arkansas man who died in police custody in July. An autopsy report lists Chavis Carter's death as a suicide. But his family is asking how he could have shot himself in the head while handcuffed in a police car. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss.

11:28am

Thu August 23, 2012
Election 2012

Is Tampa Ready For 2 Oncoming Storms?

The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida, and it's expected to bring the city tens of millions of dollars. But many are wondering if Tampa is ready for two oncoming storms — the whirlwind of people descending on the city, and brewing tropical storm Isaac. Guest host Viviana Hurtado talks with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

11:04am

Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Penn State President Launches 'Full-Throttle Defense'

Then-Penn State President Graham Spanier and then-head football coach Joe Paterno last fall, before the Jerry Sandusky scandal cost them both their jobs.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Graham Spanier, who lost his job as president of Penn State University for allegedly not doing enough to investigate whether former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys, has "launched a full-throttle defense" against charges that he cared more about the university's reputation than Sandusky's victims, Harrisburg's

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