2:09pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Destination Art

Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 4:00 pm

The Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is the main venue for the town's annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The town lies on the Avon River — just like Shakespeare's British birthplace — and had schools named after Romeo and Juliet before the festival started in 1953.
Richard Bain Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Most theaters let audiences know the show is about to start by blinking the lights. Stratford's Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is a bit more festive. Four burgundy-uniformed buglers and a drummer quicken the pace of hundreds of theatergoers who've been ambling up the hill from the banks of the Avon River. When curtain time arrives, a cannon will boom.

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2:04pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Outsourced Croissants Outrage Traditional French Bakers

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:07 am

A woman walks into Boulangerie Cauvet in Paris, where they still make croissants from scratch.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

There's always a line at the Boulangerie Cauvet on the corner of rue St. Charles in Paris's 15th district. In their family owned bakery, Esmeralda Cauvet and her husband Cyril sell around 800 croissants and 3,500 baguettes a day.

In the kitchen, head pastry maker Pierre Gibert still rolls his croissants from triangular strips of dough. "The key to a good croissant is good ingredients and a high quality dough. You have to knead it, let it rise and roll it a second time in butter. That's what gives a croissant its flaky quality," Gibert says.

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2:03pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Participation Nation

Making Free Music In Camarillo, Calif.

Horn players in the Camarillo Community Band.
Courtesy of the Camarillo Community Band.

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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1:56pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty To Arizona Shootings

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 2:42 pm

This handout provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit shows Jared Lee Loghner.
Handout Getty Images

Jared Loughner, the man accused of going on a shooting spree during a meet-and-greet held by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., pleaded guilty today. The shooting spree left six people dead and 13 others wounded.

The AP adds:

"Loughner's plea Tuesday allows him to avoid the death penalty in a mass shooting that gained worldwide attention in January 2011 because his intended target was the congresswoman. Among the dead were Arizona's chief federal judge and a Giffords aide.

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1:55pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 1:04 pm

Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
Ron Case Getty Images

The Mom and Dad's Record Collection series on All Things Considered continues with a memory of music and family from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts.

Pitts says his childhood mischief was set to the music of Nat King Cole, often courtesy of his mother's own voice. One afternoon, he remembers, she was singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" while he played out back.

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1:49pm

Tue August 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Attacks President On Welfare; Obama Team Alleges Hypocrisy

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 4:02 pm

President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform legislation into law on Aug. 22, 1996.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

(Revised and updated @ 5:55 pm ET)

In an attack likely to conjure up for many President Reagan's successful use of Cadillac-driving welfare queens as an issue in presidential politics, Mitt Romney's campaign accused President Obama of using his power to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients.

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1:31pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Kinesio Tape Plasters Olympians, But Not All The Science Sticks

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:21 pm

Germany's Laura Ludwing wears Kinesio tape during a women's beach volleyball match on July 31, 2012, during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Daniel Garcia/AFP Getty Images

Sports injuries are as much a part of the Olympic Games as gold medals and doping allegations.

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1:17pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Torch

Equestrian Group Clears Way For Cloned Horses To Compete In The Olympics

A cloned foal named "ET Cryozootech Stallion" stands with Hugo Simon, Austrian former Olympic rider of "princeps" (initial donor) ET. The main equestrian organization has ended its ban on clones in the Olympics
Laurent Cipriani AFP/Getty Images

Will the London 2012 Games be remembered as the last Olympics of the pre-clone era? The answer is maybe — because the group that oversees equestrian events has given its OK to allowing cloned horses to compete in the Summer Olympics.

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12:55pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Africa

Mali In Crisis Fractures Along Twin Fault Lines

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 4:10 pm

Militiaman from the Ansar Dine radical Islamic group ride on an armed vehicle between Gao and Kidal in northeastern Mali in June. Jihadists currently control the country's north.
Adama Diarra Reuters/Landov

A rebellion in northern Mali, followed by a military coup in the south, has shattered the veneer of stability in a country that was hailed for 20 years as a model democracy in turbulent West Africa.

Now Mali is facing twin crises, prompting regional and international fears that the north — currently controlled by jihadists — is a terrorist safe haven. And the politicians who are meant to be fixing the problems are bickering.

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12:24pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Barry Bonds Says Without A Doubt He Deserves To Be In Hall Of Fame

Former baseball player Barry Bonds arrives at federal court for sentencing in Dec. 2011. Bonds was convicted of obstructing a government investigation into steroid use among athletes.
Noah Berger AP

Barry Bonds will be in the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this November. Whether he deserves a spot in Cooperstown will no doubt be debated endlessly. One side are those who say you can't take away the 762 home runs that made Bonds the sport's most successful slugger. Others will say that he and others like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are forever tarnished because of their connection to performance enhancing drugs.

We'll leave that debate for another day.

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