7:37pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Poetry Games

Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:19 am

Ron Tanovitz

South African poet Mbali Vilakazi is also a performer and radio producer based in Cape Town. Vilakazi's poem pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games.

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4:18pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Science Of Ritual: Why We Seek Help And Healing In Repetition

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:21 pm

Devotees take part in rituals and offer gifts in celebration of Yemanja Day, in Salvador, Bahia state, Brazil, in February.
Ricardo Cardosa DPA /Landov

A few days ago, I found myself sitting in a room full of cross-legged yogis with my sweaty hands resting on the sweaty knees of the people beside me, bellowing a mantra in unison over and over again. What united us at that yoga studio was empathy for yoga instructor Michael Joel Hall, who was savagely beaten as he walked home earlier that week with his boyfriend.

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4:17pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:59 am

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City.
Steven Henry Getty Images

All summer, All Things Considered has been digging into Mom and Dad's record collection, asking listeners and guests to name one song that inspired them, changed them or taught them something about their parents.

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4:17pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

One Dead, Dozens Hurt When Double-Decker Bus Crashes Into Bridge

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:38 pm

One person has died and at least 25 have been hurt when a double-decker crashed into a concrete pillar near Litchfield, Illi., police said. The Megabus, which was headed to Kansas City, lost control on a south-bound lane of I-55 when a tire blew.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

"As many as half the people on the bus were injured, according to State Police Capt. Scott Compton.

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4:13pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

West Nile Virus Makes A Comeback This Summer

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:39 pm

Christopher Doll releases fish into the water of a neglected pool to kill mosquitoes that might carry West Nile Virus in Concord, Calif., in 2009.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The West Nile virus is back, and it's looking like it could be particularly bad this year. As as result, federal health officials are warning people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne infection.

The West Nile virus first showed up in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly spread from coast to coast, raising widespread alarm. Some have argued that red-breasted robins play a key role in the spread of the virus.

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3:30pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

Photos Of Day 6 From The London Olympics

U.S. swimmers Michael Phelps (bottom) of the United States and Ryan Lochte (center) compete in the Men's 200m Individual Medley final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.. Phelps placed first and Lochte placed second.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

The best Olympic images of the day include snapshots from swimming, gymnastics, rowing, judo and cycling competitions.

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3:23pm

Thu August 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Flunks Obama On Economy; President Mocks GOP 'Tax Cut Fairy Dust'

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:32 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event Thursday in Golden, Colo.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In his first campaign speech since returning from his trip abroad, Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday told an audience in the swing state of Colorado that President Obama has failed on the economy. And he wielded a scorecard to make his point.

"His policies have not worked," Romney said in Golden, Colo., outside Denver. "They have not gotten America back to work again. My policies will work."

Obama spent much of the day in battleground Florida before a planned evening trip to another swing state, Virginia.

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3:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:35 pm

Gabrielle Douglas performs Thursday on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final. Some people are focusing on her hair rather than her skill.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.

Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.

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2:27pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Election 2012

New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:49 am

A voter casts his ballot in a West Miami, Fla., fire station during the Republican primary in January.
J Pat Carter AP

A landmark federal law used to block the adoption of state voter identification cards and other election rules now faces unprecedented legal challenges.

A record five federal lawsuits filed this year challenge the constitutionality of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act. The 1965 statute prevents many state and local governments from enacting new voter ID requirements, redistricting plans and similar proposals on grounds that the changes would disenfranchise minorities.

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2:22pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

At 'English-Only' Hearing, Rep. Conyers Delivers His Statement In Spanish

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

It was a controversial hearing to begin with. This morning, a House subcommittee was looking into a bill that would make English the official language of the United States and require that government functions like naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English.

Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan was not a fan, so he decided to deliver his opening statement in Spanish.

First he thanked the chairman, then he proceeded to assail the measure.

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