Don't Ask Don't Tell
5:45 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Protesters say Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal falls short

By Willow Belden

LARAMIE, WY (wpr) - Don't Ask Don't Tell ended today, which means that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. L-G-B-T groups across the country are celebrating. But a group of activists here in Laramie still aren't satisfied.

"Don't Ask Don't Tell may be dead; we won't rest till we can wed," the crowd chants.

A group of about 10 gay rights activists, carrying rainbow-colored signs, gathered in front of the court house in Laramie today. Their message: Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell isn't enough.

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August Unemployment
5:23 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Unemployment increases slightly in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - New numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show a slight increase in unemployment statistics in Wyoming for the month of August.

The state's unemployment rate rose from 5.7-percent in July to 5.8-percent in August. However, in August of 2010, unemployment in Wyoming stood at 6.3-percent.

The Department of Employment's Carola Cowan says the point-one-percent increase is not a statistically significant change.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

VIDEO: As DADT Is Repealed, Gay Serviceman Comes Out To His Dad

Randy Phillips in a YouTube video.
screenshot YouTube

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:11 pm

As the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy went into effect, we heard many stories out about how service members are marking the occasion. But one of them has emerged as particularly personal.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:59 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Predicting Sexual Function After Prostate Treatment

A study should help men facing prostate cancer treatment get a better sense of how good their sexual function will be down the road.
iStockphoto.com

Up to now doctors couldn't tell a man much about his chances of maintaining sexual function after surgery or radiation for prostate cancer.

"We'd say about half recovered or maintained their function," says Dr. Martin Sanda of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "And we'd be able to turn that up or down a little bit based on age."

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Politics
4:33 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

The Dozen Richest Men And Women In Congress

2. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $238,812,296
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:23 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) barely made our list at No. 13, but here are the richest dozen men and women in Congress who could be affected by the Buffett Rule. The rankings, by average net worth, were released on Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Shots - Health Blog
4:32 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Food Industry Pitted Against Public Health At U.N. Summit

A pizza from a Pizzomatic vending machine that bakes and sells pizzas in Germany. Public health advocates say the food industry needs to make concrete commitments to making healthier products to reduce chronic disease related to diet.
OLIVER BERG AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:01 pm

How do you come up with a plan to help millions of people around the world avoid a chronic disease? For starters, don't treat the food companies that sell the products that contribute to those diseases as partners in the process. At least, that's what public health advocates argue — even as the accused companies say they're committed to making healthier products for the masses.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Al-Jazeera Director Announces Resignation

Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera's director-general, is seen during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the launching of the Arabic satellite news channel in Doha. This photo was taken in 2006.
Karim Jaafar AFP/Getty Images

Al-Jazeera's top executive, Wadah Khanfar announced he was resigning today. The network announced that it had appointed Sheikh Ahmad bin Jasem al-Thani, a member of the Qatari ruling family, which owns Al-Jazzeera, as its new director general.

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Reporter's Notebook
3:24 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

The fifth graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever.
Mandalit del Barco NPR

The once-polluted and often ridiculed Los Angeles River is now open to kayak and canoe adventures. City officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are running a pilot program that allows people to explore the river.

In the South American rain forest, I once paddled in a dugout canoe through the lush Amazon River, filled with pink dolphins and flesh-eating piranhas. So the thought of navigating down the Los Angeles River at first seemed almost ridiculous.

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Maryland Man's Robocall Scam Nets Him $4 Million

From the annals of ingenious scams, comes this report from the AP:

A pay phone owner is being charged with using his Washington-area phones to ring in $4 million in fraudulent 50-cent calls.

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Barack Obama
2:37 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

With Leadership Questioned, Obama Gets In The Fray

President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Obama laid out a plan for trillions in deficit cuts but warned Republicans he will veto any bill that makes structural changes to Medicare unless they agree to additional revenues.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

There's been a sea change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It's almost as if the cerebral, detached president went into a phone booth and came out a fighting Democrat.

In the Rose Garden on Monday, as President Obama laid out his vision for how the congressional supercommittee could find trillions in savings, he was no longer above the fray. He was right in the fray. And he made it clear he has given up on his so far fruitless search for common ground with the Republicans.

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