Arts & Life

11:03 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Gabby Douglas: I Had A Job To Do In London

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 12:54 pm



It was an iconic moment, really one of those amazing Olympic moments when a brilliantly smiling Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win a gold medal in the individual all-around. People were amazed as she twisted her petite frame and flew through the air with both power and grace. It was the second gold for Douglas. She and her teammates won the team gold medal as well, and since then Gabby Douglas and the rest of the Fabulous Five have become celebrities.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 1:41 pm

  • Listen to Elizabeth Blair's report

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Search For Jimmy Hoffa Leads To Driveway Near Detroit

Jimmy Hoffa on July 24, 1975. He disappeared six days later.
Tony Spina MCT /Landov

The 37-year-old search for Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa moves to a driveway in Roseville, Mich., on Friday.

"Police will be taking soil core samples," the Detroit Free Press reports, after receiving what they say is a "credible" tip that around the time of Hoffa's 1975 disappearance someone was buried under what's now a driveway in a Roseville residential neighborhood.

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It's All Politics
9:24 am
Thu September 27, 2012

2012 Gender Gap Could Be Historic, But Maybe Not For The Reason You'd Think

Supporters of Planned Parenthood wave banners during a rally for President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, ahead of the opening of the Democratic National Convention.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 12:26 pm

A slew of new presidential polls released this week not only confirm a long-established gender gap among voters, but also suggest that the male-female preference divide in this year's presidential contest could hit historic levels.

It may surprise that that divide appears not driven by social issues and arguments over reproductive care or choices, analysts say, but largely by the national conversation over the size of government.

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Arts & Life
9:09 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Suspect in Auburn Pool Party Shooting Due in Court

A man accused of opening fire at an Auburn pool party is expected in court on Thursday.

Authorities say 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard is expected to enter a plea at the court appearance.

Leonard, who has been indicted on charges that include capital murder, faces trial in the killing of two former Auburn University football players and another man.

The Two-Way
8:40 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Photos: Inside And Around North Korea's Still-Unfinished 'Hotel Of Doom'

The Ryugyong Hotel, from the front.
Koryo Tours

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 8:47 am

Construction of the Ryugyong hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, began in 1987 — but was halted for 16 years by a lack of funds. The still-unfinished 105-story skyscraper has become something of a symbol of that nation's "thwarted ambitions," as the BBC says.

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Arts & Life
8:34 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Alabama Cities Offering Ghostly Tours in October

Several Alabama cities are planning ghostly events during the month of October.

The state Tourism Department says Athens will hold its annual Historic Haunts Walk each Tuesday night in October. Demopolis has its Tombigbee Haints and Haunts tours on Oct. 26-27. Florence is planning its 10th annual Haunted History at the Shoals Ghost Walk nightly from Oct. 19-31. Huntsville will conduct ghost walking tours on Friday and Saturday nights in October and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll on Oct. 14.

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Arts & Life
8:26 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Hearing Set in Auburn Tree-Poisoning Case

The Associated Press

Court officials in Lee County say a University of Alabama fan is due in court for a hearing on charges that he poisoned Auburn University's landmark oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Harvey Updyke.

Officials won't reveal what the hearing is about, citing a judge's gag order to limit publicity about the case.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Orders Plunge, GDP Growth Revised Down

A huge drop in demand for cars, aircraft and other transportation equipment pulled down orders for so-called durable goods in August, the Census Bureau says.

Orders fell 13.2 percent, "the largest decrease since January 2009."

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Alabama Gambling Trial
5:17 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Alabama Casino Lobbyist Gets Probation

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to Alabama legislators to support pro-gambling legislation has received probation.
Liz Lawley Flickr

A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins gave Jennifer Pouncy three years on probation, 100 hours of community service, and $4,100 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Montgomery.

Pouncy was the first person to plead guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case.

The former lobbyist for Country Crossing Casino admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.

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Sweetness And Light
9:03 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

RG3: A Game Changer For 'Thirds' Everywhere

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III watches from the sidelines. RG3 as he is known has a fan in other thirds like Frank Deford.
Rob Carr Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 9:36 am

We're all familiar with the many sports terms that have moved into general usage: "par for the course," "slam-dunk," "curveball," "photo finish" and so on.

Curiously, though, every now and then something of the inverse occurs, and we get an expression which is commonly used that has been derived from sport, but never used in sport.

For example, that awful, overdone cliche, "level playing field." Never in my life have I ever heard anyone in sport — that is, somebody actually right there on the level playing field — say, "I'm glad we're playing on a level playing field."

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Forrest Monument
5:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Selma Marchers Oppose Honoring Civil War General

People in Selma marched to prevent the rebuilding of a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

More than 60 people have marched from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma City Hall to protest a monument to a Civil War general being rebuilt in a Selma cemetery.

The biracial group carried signs Tuesday and chanted, "No justice, no peace."

Their leader, activist Rose Toure, said Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The marchers went to City Hall to ask the City Council to deny permission to rebuild the monument. A similar monument disappeared from the cemetery earlier this year.

The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Intercede In Texas Execution

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:47 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the execution of Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster, as it did three times in 2011. Foster, 48, has maintained he is innocent in the 2002 shooting death of Nyaneur Pal, 30.

"I didn't do it," Foster told the AP recently from death row. "And if it means I'm going to the gurney and the taking of my life, so be it."

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5:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Mixing Past And Present In Papua New Guinea

A boy sits next to cooking fire at a Papua New Guinea village. Many villages re-create traditional dress and customs to cater to tourists and their search for an "authentic" experience.
Jake Warga for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 6:39 pm

Few places are more exotic in the imagination than Papua New Guinea. The romantic images it conjures up are the stuff of a National Geographic cover story, complete with deadly animals and, of course, cannibals.

But once I stepped off the plane, I entered a land that was wrestling with its past and its present.

The Sepik River basin, deep in the heart of the country, is a popular tourist destination. It's the perfect place for a jungle river tour, with dense greenery, massive birds and stops at tribal villages.

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5:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

The original Vienna production of a new musical based on the novel Rebecca didn't fall prey to the woes plaguing a planned New York staging.

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 6:39 pm

There's a new mystery on Broadway — one about the musical Rebecca, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel.

You can't see it yet on the New York stage. In fact, it hasn't even started rehearsals. That's because the production is short $4.5 million after one of its investors died before he could hand over the money.

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