5:39pm

Mon November 12, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

Montgomery's City Hall Auditorium was standing room only as veterans from the Armed Forces and their families were honored with a program, concert and reception.  Among the guest speakers were Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commission Chairman,Elton Dean and Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, Commissioner Clyde Marsh.  This was the Third Annual Montgomery River Region Veterans Day program.


Alabama Power

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5:37pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Europe

A German City With Debt Problems Of Its Own

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 8:31 pm

The main street in Oberhausen — Germany's most indebted city — is dotted with vacancies. Despite its economic woes, Oberhausen, like other western German cities, must make "reunification" payments to the former communist East. The payments help explain German voters' reluctance to bail out Greece and other eurozone countries.
Patrik Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

Germany, the economic engine of Europe, has been a key player in bailing out the Continent's most troubled economies.

Yet there are places in the former West Germany — like Oberhausen — that are struggling with their own debt problems, even as they pay hefty sums to revitalize former East German cities with transfers known as "Solidarity Pact" payments.

Borrowing To Stay Afloat — And Pay Out

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5:30pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Salman Rushdie, John Le Carre End Literary Feud

Author Salman Rushdie at The New Yorker Festival in New York on Oct. 7.
Todd France AP

It began with a war of words in the letters pages of the Guardian and ended with comments made to The Times of London. It took 15 years, but, as the Guardian reports, the feud between writers Salman Rushdie and John le Carre is at an end.

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5:16pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

People From 20 States Ask To Secede On White House Website

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 11:06 am

A fan holds up the Texas state flag during Game Two of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

They're asking politely. Malcontents from 20 different states are petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the union.

Using the White House website's We the People function, in which petitions garnering at least 25,000 signatures get a response from the president, people from the state of Texas are asking to "peacefully ... withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."

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5:15pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Author Interviews

Parenting A Child Who's Fallen 'Far From The Tree'

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 8:09 pm

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When Andrew Solomon started his family with his husband, John Habich, he says, people were surprised that he wasn't afraid to have children, given the topic of the book he was writing. That book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, explores what it's like for parents of children who are profoundly different or likely to be stigmatized — children with Down syndrome, deafness, autism, dwarfism, or who are prodigies, become criminals, or are conceived in rape.

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5:13pm

Mon November 12, 2012
American Graduate

Roadtrip Nation

5:11pm

Mon November 12, 2012
American Graduate

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

A series of interactive maps exploring different dimensions of life in the South under Jim Crow


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/maps.html

4:38pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Presidential Race

New Technologies Boosted Obama Campaign's Efforts

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:47 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Harper Reed, who was chief technology officer for the Obama reelection campaign, about the strategies they employed to mobilize volunteers and reach voters.

4:36pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Technology

Supercomputers Act Like Talent Magnets

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 5:47 pm

Titan, the new supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been crowned the fastest in the world. It can clock 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Audie Cornish talks to Steve Henn for more.

4:28pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Post-Sandy, Residents Gut Hard-Hit Rockaway

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 6:36 pm

Volunteers help to clean up in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood where a large section of the iconic boardwalk was washed away.
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Ferry service into Manhattan started Monday for the Rockaway section of Queens, one of the hardest-hit New York City neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy. Many residents are still feeling cut off, struggling without power or adequate public transportation options. And now worries about mold are creeping in.

But the new ferries were a small consolation for the trickle of commuters who trudged onto Manhattan soil for the first time in two weeks. Some of them, like Sheila Curran, were grinning all the way down the plank.

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