7:11pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

For One Young Delegate, Social Issues Are Not A Litmus Test

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:40 pm

Alexander Reber, 21, a Virginia delegate and one of the youngest at the convention.
Liz Halloran NPR

Alexander Reber may not be the youngest delegate at the Republican convention — that honor goes to his fellow Virginia delegate, 17-year-old high school senior Evan Draim.

But Reber, 21, who is an alternate, is certainly doing his part to lower the average age in the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention opened Tuesday.

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6:48pm

Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Computer Troubles Freeze United Airlines' System, Bringing A Cascade Of Delays

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 3:51 pm

Two United Airlines planes sit at a terminal at San Francisco International Airport Friday. The airport briefly refused to accept any domestic arrivals Tuesday, after a computer crash disrupted United's system.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many travelers using United Airlines faced delays Tuesday, but they weren't connected to Hurricane Isaac. Instead, the airline's computer network crashed, leaving large parts of its system paralyzed Tuesday afternoon.

First noted around 2:15 p.m. EDT, the problems persisted until about 6:30 p.m. EDT, when the airline tweeted that it is "in the process of resuming operations and rebooking customers."

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6:04pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Participation Nation

Circles Of Friends In Cheyenne, Wyo.

A caring circle in Wyoming.
Courtesy of Connections Corner

The mission of Circles Wyoming, part of a national anti-poverty movement, is "to build intentional, diverse and long-term relationships as people move from barely surviving to thriving."

Trained "intentional friends" are matched with someone who is looking to escape poverty, explains Director Tim Thorson. They do everything "from having coffee once a month to talk about financial goals to going to the gym together ... things that any friends would do."

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6:01pm

Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Rubio Predicts Romney Will Begin To Dent Likability Gap

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:40 pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Tuesday in Tampa.
John O'Connor StateImpact Florida

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says America will have a different view of Mitt Romney by the time he accepts the Republican nomination for president.

Rubio will introduce Romney on Thursday, the final night of the Republican National Convention. He may have provided a preview of his speech to a gathering of Florida delegates Tuesday.

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5:22pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Sports

Debate Pits Strasburg's Health Against Wins

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:52 pm

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park last week.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

One of the biggest debates in Washington, D.C., these days has nothing to do with taxes, health care or the economy. It's about baseball and whether the Washington Nationals should end the season of their young pitching star, Stephen Strasburg, just as the team may be headed for the playoffs.

Two years ago, Strasburg's promising career was threatened when he tore a ligament in his pitching arm. He needed surgery and couldn't pitch for a year.

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5:22pm

Tue August 28, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Parks Vie For Space In Miami's Forest Of Condos

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:52 pm

The skyline of the northern Brickell neighborhood in downtown Miami. Its residential population has more than doubled in the past decade.
Marc Averette Wikimedia Commons

Many cities around the nation are trying to revive their downtowns, adding more apartments and condominiums — usually high-rises — to lure new residents.

But as urban dwellers grow in numbers, they need places to get outside. Yet, in many cities, like Miami, neighborhood parks can be hard to find. The Trust for Public Land ranks Miami 94 on a list of 100 cities when it comes to park acreage per 1,000 residents — just 2.8 acres per 1,000 residents, versus 4.5 in New York and 6.2 in Los Angeles.

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4:57pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Politics

New Jersey's Struggles May Shadow Christie's Speech

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:52 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As we mentioned, New Jersey Governor Christ Christie gives tonight's keynote speech. For a while, the popular first-term governor was rumored to be in the running for the vice presidential spot, and his appearance tonight could raise his national profile even more.

But as NPR's Joel Rose reports, tough economic times in New Jersey may put a damper on Christie's remarks.

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4:56pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Music

Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:52 pm

Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments.
Shawn Brackbrill Courtesy of Domino Records

4:56pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Does Pregnancy Last 9 Months?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 9:42 am

How much longer could Junior really stay in there?
Olivier Lantzendorffer iStockphoto.com

Babies are lovely but altogether helpless creatures.

Wouldn't it be better if tiny humans were born able to walk, like horses, or generally were readier for the rigors of the world, like, say, chimps?

Among primates, human have the least developed brains at birth, at least when compared to adult human brains. If humans were born as far along on cognitive and neurological scales as rough and ready chimps are, though, human pregnancy would have to last at least twice as long. Eighteen months in the womb, anyone?

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