Sun October 28, 2012

Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 6:33 pm

Untitled, by South African artist Gavin Jantjes, is one of the works in the "African Cosmos" exhibition.
National Museum of African Art


Sun October 28, 2012
Shots - Health News

Museum Teaches Anatomy And Disease With Ghoulish Body Part Bake-Off

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 11:16 am

STD cupcakes: From Two Little Cats Bakery in Cambridge & Hertfordshire, these chocolate cupcakes feature symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, chlamydia and HIV.
Eat Your Heart Out 2012

Everyone's crazy for cupcakes these days, as our pals over at The Salt will tell you. So why not use them to lure the public into a conversation about STDs and platelets?

That's what St. Bartholomews Pathology Museum in the U.K. is up to this weekend, and the baked goods on the menu are quite the frightening sight.

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Sun October 28, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Hurricane CSI: Frankenstorm Sandy And Climate Change

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:10 pm

Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extends up to 2,000 miles based on a satellite image from Sunday.

It was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folks naturally wondered, "Is this climate change?" Then along came a presidential election in which the words "climate change" disappeared from the dialogue. Now, just a week or so before voting day, the convergence of westbound Hurricane Sandy with a eastbound cold front is creating a massive storm, a Frankenstorm even, that is threatening millions of Americans.

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Sun October 28, 2012
The Two-Way

East Coast Braces For Impact From Sandy

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:48 pm

High winds blow sea foam onto Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Sunday, as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area.
Gerry Broome AP

"The time for preparing and talking is about over." That's the message from Craig Fugate, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Hurricane Sandy, the monstrous superstorm that's churning its way to the U.S. East Coast, threatening millions of people.

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Michael Tomsic became a full-time reporter for WFAE in August 2012. Before that, he reported for the station as a freelancer and intern while he finished his senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Heââ


Sun October 28, 2012

Closing Courthouse Brought Moonshiners To Justice

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am

The John B. Hayes Federal Building in Wilkesboro, N.C., is among several federal courthouses being closed in the South.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Moonshine used to be big business in the South, an illegal business that also kept the federal courthouses busy. Now one of those facilities, once on the front lines of the war on homemade booze, is shutting down.

The Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building is in Wilkesboro, N.C., where distilling corn whiskey in backwoods breweries was once the town's main trade. It's one of six federal courthouses closing in the South over the next year or two.

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Sun October 28, 2012

With Barbs, Author Becomes Literary Star In China

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 7:41 pm

Blogger and race car driver Han Han doesn't shy away from skewering Chinese government and society.
Robert Cianflone Getty Images

Not so long ago, many Chinese commentators wrote in a cautious, oblique style designed not to offend the nation's famously humorless leaders — then came the Internet, blogs and a cheeky young man named Han Han.

The voice of China's post-'80s generation, Han is ironic, skeptical and blunt — writing what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly.

Now 30 years old, Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has 8 million followers on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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Sun October 28, 2012

The 'Truths' Of Politics Not Quite So True

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am



If you've been following campaign news, you've probably heard a lot about the supposed truths of politics. These are the hard and fast rules pundits and politicians have gleaned over the years.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: No one has ever won the presidency without carrying their home state...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: No Democratic presidential candidate has ever won the presidency without carrying some Southern states.

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Sun October 28, 2012

Week In Sports: Giants Set Stage For Series Sweep

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 10:58 am



Time now for sports - but no time for music this week, because today we want to get right to the latest in the World Series. And this morning, the San Francisco Giants and their fans are celebrating a 2-0 win over Detroit and a 3-0 lead in the World Series. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us for the latest. Hey, Mike.


MARTIN: Where does this leave the series?

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Sun October 28, 2012
Movie Interviews

John C. Reilly Wrecks It In 'Ralph'

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 12:18 pm

Academy and Grammy Award-nominated actor John C. Reilly takes his talents to the animated world of video games in Wreck-It Ralph.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Hitting theaters this week is an epic story of good and evil, love and loss, failure and redemption ... Pac-Man ghosts and Cy-Bugs? Wreck-It Ralph is about video games and the characters who live in them.

Ralph is the villain who runs around smashing windows and destroying buildings. Fix-It Felix is the good guy with the golden hammer who cleans up Ralph's mess. And after 30 years as a video-game bad guy, Ralph is fed up with his job. Actor John C. Reilly, who does Ralph's voice, says grown-up audiences may be attracted to what is, essentially, a mid-life crisis.

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