Interviews
10:01 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Baghdad College And America's Shifting Role In Iraq

Students play a basketball game on the campus of Iraq's Baghdad College, in this undated photograph.
Ed Ou The New York Times

Originally published on Wed September 7, 2011 1:57 pm

A school founded by Americans in Iraq before the Saddam Hussein era is an emblem of a time when the United States was known in the Middle East not for military action, but for culture and education. That's the view of Puliter Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who recently wrote an essay about the school, titled "The American Age, Iraq."

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Faith Community Helps Steady Cathedral After Quake

The National Cathedral has hosted some of the most memorable prayer services and state funerals from the past 100 years. President Obama will speak there on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11; he also held his inaugural prayer service at the historic church, like many presidents have done.

But the structure was hit hard by last month's 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast. Now, it could take years for the landmark to recover.

Crumbling Masonry

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Sweetness And Light
8:00 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Years ago, it was an occasional debate among press box sociologists about which sport was more attractive to members of the two political parties.

The consensus was that football was more for Republicans, baseball for Democrats — the general reasoning being that GOP types were more militarily inclined, as is the gridiron game, and that since football had long been more a college sport, and more Republicans had gone to college, football had a greater Republican tradition.

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WYDOT funding
5:47 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

WYDOT awaits verdict on federal funding for highways

CHEYENNE, WY (wpr) - Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are nervously wondering if Congress will vote to extend federal funding for highway projects, and whether or not budget cuts will be part of any extension.

WYDOT Chief Engineer Delbert McComie says he's heard that if an extension is granted, it could include a 30- to 35-percent budget cut.

"Right now our construction program is based on 85 percent federal funding with a 15 percent state match. So it would have a dramatic effect on us if the bill is not extended or cut back."

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Online Classes
5:36 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

U.W. campus students taking more classes online

The U.W. Outreach School's Fall Course Catalog
University of Wyoming

In keeping with a national trend, more and more students at the University of Wyoming's main campus in Laramie are also taking classes online.

U.W.'s Outreach School developed online courses for people who wanted to pursue degrees but would not be able to attend classes on the main campus.

Online Learning Coordinator Larry Jansen says the Outreach School saw an uptick in main campus students enrolling in online classes about five years ago when all U.W. students began using the same website and course catalog to register for classes.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Miami's City Manager Suspends Police Chief

We first told you about the long-running feud between Miami's mayor and the city's police chief back in June. Today, NPR's Greg Allen reports the tension reached a climax, when the city manager called Police Chief Miguel Exposito into his office and suspended him.

Greg filed this report:

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It's All Politics
4:27 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Mitt Romney's (Steve) Jobs Plan

Was that a jobs plan Mitt Romney unveiled Tuesday or a Steve Jobs plan?

Wanting voters to see him as the political version of the black turtleneck-clad business visionary, Romney compared himself not only to Jobs but to someone using a smartphone (President Obama was still in the coin-operated payphone world, Romney said.)

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Lockerbie Bomber 'Very Sick' Says Son

The BBC was given access to the Libyan home of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In a controversial move, al-Megrahi was released from prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds. Al-Megrahi was flown to Libya and since then families and relatives of some of the 259 people who died have complained al-Megrahi was not really sick and he was let go because of politics.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:12 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Paintball Injury? Your Hospital Has A Code For That

Coney Island, N.Y.'s "Shoot the Freak" boardwalk attraction, as seen in 2005. Crouching in the center of the photo is the well-protected human who served as paintball target.
Uri Baruchin Flickr

Maybe, like me, you're one of the few who missed the recent report on injuries caused by BB and paintball guns that showed how often mishaps lead to emergency room visits. I'm surprised my mom didn't call me personally just to say she told me so.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:28 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Haggle, Don't Settle, When It Comes To Health Costs

If you don't ask, you can't save money on health care.
iStockphoto.com

Seems like forever that Consumer Reports has been telling people to haggle over the price of a microwave or a car. Now the folks behind the magazine want you to haggle with your doctor — or at least let her know that you can't afford that bypass.

The cost of health care is expected to almost double in the next decade, and insurers and employers are increasingly shoving that cost onto individuals. As a result, even people with good insurance are finding it harder to pay medical bills.

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