7:47am

Sat February 9, 2013
The Salt

British Outrage Grows As Horsemeat Pops Up In More Foods

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 8:42 am

Frozen-food company Findus recalled its beef lasagne meals earlier this week because they contain horsemeat.
Scott Heppell AP

They like riding them. They like racing them. They bet on them, hunt on them and patrol the streets on them.

But to most who live in the land of the Beefeater, the idea of eating a horse in peacetime is as generally repugnant as grilling one the queen's corgis and gobbling it up with ketchup and fries.

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7:03am

Sat February 9, 2013
Book Reviews

A Pale Imitation Of Magic In 'Scent Of Darkness'

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Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that what's generally referred to — often disdainfully — as "women's fiction" (not quite literature, not quite romance, definitely not Fifty Shades of Grey) is really a catch-all category into which almost any literary genre will fit.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Around the Nation

NYC Labor Chorus Tries To Hit Right Note, Attract New Voices

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 5:15 pm

The New York City Labor Chorus performs in 2011 at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Old Havana.
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Union membership is at its lowest point since the 1930s. New figures show a drop, and only about 11 percent of workers belong to unions today.

But these numbers don't deter the New York City Labor Chorus, which has been singing in praise of unions for more than 20 years.

Jana Ballard, the choral director of the labor chorus, is one of the youngest in the group. She's 38. The average age of the 80 members is about 65.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Theater

The Scottish Play (The Olivier Way)

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Laurence Olivier, seen here in his film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, also intended to create a film version of Macbeth.
Anonymous AP

Laurence Olivier, whose interpretations of Shakespeare's signature roles were often considered definitive, adapted several of those roles for film. He wrote and directed widely praised versions of Hamlet, Henry V and Richard III.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Books

Literary Types Find Love In 'The New York Review Of Books'

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

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There are a lot of places these days to look for all kinds of love, especially online. But what's an aging intellectual who loves William Gass, Philip Glass and a good merlot to do?

The distinguished New York Review of Books celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. It is noted for its rigorous writing and stellar cerebral lit stars — and its personal ads.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Author Interviews

Healing 'Brick City': A Newark Doctor Returns Home

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Sampson Davis was born and raised in Newark, N.J. He is an emergency medicine physician and a founder, with two childhood friends, of The Three Doctors Foundation.
Rainer Hosch Spiegel&Grau

When Sampson Davis was in high school, he and two of his friends made a pact that they would someday become doctors. All three of them did. Along with those friends — and now fellow doctors — George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt, Davis co-authored a 2003 book called The Pact, about that promise and the way it shaped their lives.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Books

Life, Love And Undeath In The 'Lemon Grove'

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Karen Russell has a new short-story collection out, her first book since 2011's best-selling Swamplandia! The stories range from senior citizen vampires sucking lemons and wondering about their future, to a war veteran whose wounds are both locked up inside, and bright and bold across his body.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Sports

Alleged Fixing Of Games Rocks Soccer World

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

It's been a bad week for soccer around the world - or futbol, as they call the sport in the rest of the world. Europol, the European police intelligence agency, revealed that hundreds of matches around the world are now under suspicion for having been fixed. Investigative journalist Declan Hill joins us from the studios of the CBC in Ottawa. He's author of "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime." Mr. Hill, thanks so much for being with us.

DECLAN HILL: Thank you very much for having me on the program.

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6:37am

Sat February 9, 2013
Sports

Week In Sports: NBA Season Hits Halfway Point

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 12:11 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. You know what gets me through the week sometimes? The chance to say time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: Halftime in the NBA just a week away. The Lakers look like they could use a snooze. Hear about A-Rod's anti-aging clinic in South Florida; doesn't just take care of fine lines and wrinkles, and NPR Sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us now. Morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Scott.

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5:09am

Sat February 9, 2013
Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Pakistan Seek A Fatwa Against Suicide Attacks

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 10:21 pm

Afghan police and officials visit the site of a suicide attack in Kabul in September. A suicide bomber blew himself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a major highway leading to the international airport in the Afghan capital, police said, killing at least 10 people, including nine foreigners.
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The Muhammad Mustafa mosque sits in a fairly well-off part of Kabul where government employees and some high-ranking officials live. Muhammad Ehsan Saiqal, a moderate, 54-year-old Muslim who welcomes girls into his Quran classes, is the imam. The slight, gray-bearded cleric preaches against suicide bombings.

"Islam doesn't permit suicide attacks," he says. "If someone kills any Muslim without any cause, under Shariah law [Islamic law] it means that he kills the whole Muslim world."

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