5:45pm

Mon July 15, 2013
It's All Politics

'Stand Your Ground' Laws Under Scrutiny Post-Zimmerman Verdict

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 11:47 am

George Zimmerman (right) is congratulated by his defense team Saturday night after being found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Gary W. Green AP

George Zimmerman's defense team didn't invoke Florida's "stand your ground" defense in winning his acquittal of murder in last year's shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

But the specter of the 2005 law loomed, inescapably, over the proceedings.

It was inevitable that the racially fraught trial would again catapult Florida's law — which extends protections for the use of deadly force far beyond the traditional bounds of one's home — as well as those in 21-plus states with similar self-defense measures into the nation's consciousness.

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5:37pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Books News & Features

How Scholastic Sells Literacy To Generations Of New Readers

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 6:13 pm

Scholastic started out in 1920 as a four-page magazine written for high school students. Above, an early issue published in September 1922.
Courtesy of Scholastic

Chances are you have had contact with Scholastic Publishing at some point in your life: You might have read their magazines in school, or bought a book at one of their book fairs, or perhaps you've read Harry Potter or The Hunger Games? From its humble beginning as publisher of a magazine for high schoolers, Scholastic has become a $2 billion business and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.

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5:17pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

The Secret To Georgian Grilled Meats? Grapevines And Lots Of Wine

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 3:27 pm

Shashlik cooks on a hot grill. Kakheti, the easternmost province in the Republic of Georgia, is known for meats grilled over grapevines, which burn quickly, leaving a heap of finger-sized coals.
Nick Grabowski via Flickr

Tucked between Russia and Turkey, the Republic of Georgia is renowned for great food: cheese dishes, pickles, breads and stews. This is a cuisine that you should not miss.

And on summer evenings in the capital, Tbilisi, the air is fragrant with the smells of one of Georgian cookery's highlights: grilled meat, or shashlik.

You can find good shashlik at restaurants with white tablecloths, but the very best in all Tbilisi is said to be at a roadside stop called Mtsvadi Tsalamze. It's an unassuming place with rows of wooden picnic tables in an open yard.

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5:13pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

In Argentina, Coca-Cola Tests Market For 'Green' Coke

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 6:40 pm

Coca-Cola Life, a new product being rolled out in Argentina with a green label, is being marketed as a "natural" and therefore lower-calorie cola.
Coca-Cola

5:07pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune, But What To Call It?

Even the Voyager 2 spacecraft missed the new moon when it flew past Neptune in 1989.
NASA

Astronomers have found a new moon orbiting the solar system's outermost planet, Neptune.

The tiny moon, just 12 miles across, was discovered in more than 150 pictures of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope between 2004 and 2009.

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Durrie Bouscaren joined IPR as Cedar Rapids Reporter in March of 2013.

Bouscaren first fell in love with public radio while working for WAER at Syracuse University. She received recognition from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for her work reporting on Syracuse’s Southern Sudanese community. Bouscaren later covered Central New York for WRVO Public Media, and discussed everything from urban blight to the economics of snowmobiles. In the summer of 2012 Bouscaren interned for KQED in San Francisco, where she completed a freelance project about homeless youth in Oakland. Her work has also aired on WBEZ's Front and Center.

Bouscaren's favorite public radio program is Planet Money.

4:25pm

Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Lucky Breakdown: Fans Take Stranded Dave Matthews To Show

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:50 pm

Dave Matthews.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images for Syracuse University

Imagine:

You're a huge Dave Matthews fan. As you're going to his band's show Saturday in Hershey, Pa., you see a guy standing by the side of the road next to a bike with a flat tire.

Do you stop to help?

Well, when you see that it's Dave himself, you certainly do.

That's just what happened to Emily Kraus and her boyfriend Joe.

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4:19pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Parallels

A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:44 pm

Well-wishers have gathered outside of Nelson Mandela's hospital to offer their support.
Andy Carvin NPR

They have assembled in front of the hospital by the dozens: church groups, families, even a motorcycle club, their engines revving at full throttle. Mothers encouraged their shy children to squeeze through the crowd and place a bouquet of flowers at the base of a makeshift shrine. A member of the crowd conducted an impromptu choir, inviting others to join in and sing a hymn together.

For more than a month now, throngs of well-wishers have gathered outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, praying for the health of former President Nelson Mandela.

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4:17pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 9:39 am

Heather Garris, a custodian of medical records, organizes patients' files at Colorado Springs Internal Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

Uncle Sam wants your doctor to go digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping.

Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care. Time is running out for those who do to take advantage of federal funds to make the switch. So practices like Colorado Springs Internal Medicine are scrambling to get with the program.

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4:17pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 6:13 pm

Brian Mathers calls his husband, Isidro, in Mexico from his living room in Sioux City, Iowa. Brian and Isidro have been separated for more than a year by immigration laws that did not recognize their marriage.
Durrie Bouscaren NPR

Now that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.

There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage.

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