4:19pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Sandwich Monday: The Van Engelenfrozen

NPR

It's our intern MacKenzie Van Engelenhoven's last week, and she asked if she could bring in the sandwich on her final Sandwich Monday. We said "of course," because the only thing we love more than sandwiches is having the intern do things we should be doing ourselves.

It's an old Van Engelenhoven family recipe: Make cookies, bake them only four minutes, and freeze them. This maximizes the cookie-dough-ness when you make ice cream sandwiches out of them.

Mike: It's like cookie dough ice cream, reversed. Genius.

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4:03pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Participation Nation

Reaping What They Sew In Helena, Mont.

Juanita Ryan (far left), Lori Westphal, Maureen Foster, Othelia Schulz, Karen Pagett, Delores Rosin, Kim Randall, Gladys Pearce. The sewing circle tries to help abused women and children start new lives.
Emilie Ritter Saunders for NPR

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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4:01pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Torch

Watching The Olympics Online: Fans Find Ways Around NBC's Control

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:42 am

Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures to a camera after running in an Olympic 100-meter semifinal. There's no telling when Americans might have seen his actions, as NBC tape-delays top events. Online, fans are finding ways around the network's strategy.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

When we posted about the apps and streaming options NBC and others offer for the London 2012 Games, many readers responded that as non-TV subscribers, they were cut out of the plan. Many added that they aren't scofflaws — they're people who watch broadcast television, and occasionally pay for cable shows or movies via Netflix or iTunes.

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3:56pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vitamin D Deficiency In Sick Kids Could Make Them Sicker

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:25 pm

Researchers say more studies are needed to determine whether sick kids deficient in vitamin D should get a big dose in a supplement.
iStockphoto.com

If you're an adult, and a relatively healthy one at that, then you've probably been confused in recent years about whether or not you're getting enough vitamin D.

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3:01pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Salt

Three Ways Lucille Ball Ruled When She Played With Food

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:08 am

Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in a famous food-centric episode of "I Love Lucy."
CBS AP

2:56pm

Mon August 6, 2012
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Legalize It: An Argument For 'Doping' In Sports

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:07 pm

A victim of the confused thinking around performance-enhancing drugs? High jumper Dimitrios Chondrokoukis of Greece skipped the 2012 Olympics in London after failing an anti-doping test in the run-up to the games.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Rocky's coach forbade him to have sex with his girlfriend while he was in training. Was this because he would be so tired out by sex? Or was it that the coach believed it would alter Rocky's drive, or mindset, somehow making him happy and relaxed, depriving him of the disturbed drive, the hunger, to win? I was just a kid when I saw the movie. I didn't really understand.

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2:54pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

In India, Protests Erupt Over Temple Shooting

Activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal shout anti-US slogans during a protest near the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Monday.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

In India today, Sikhs reacted with "grief and outrage" at the Sunday mass shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Times adds:

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2:43pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Men Convicted In Infamous 1984 D.C. Murder Lose Bid To Overturn Judgments

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:36 pm

A judge in Washington, D.C., has turned back an effort by seven men charged with a notorious 1984 murder to overturn their convictions, ruling the evidence against them remains "overwhelming" and the testimony of witnesses who changed their story are "not worthy of belief."

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2:24pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Spectacular: The Descent Of Curiosity As Seen From NASA's Mars Orbiter

The Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This photograph brings some perspective to the amazing feat of landing a small vehicle on Mars:

The picture was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just as the spacecraft carrying Curiosity deployed its parachute. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at The University of Arizona, which released the image, explains:

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2:11pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Space

Curious About Curiosity: What We'll Learn From Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory rover, named Curiosity, made a successful landing on the surface of the red planet, drawing shouts and cheers from the mission control staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. University of Redlands professor Tyler Nordgren explains what Curiosity may discover.

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