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4:17 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 11:27 am

To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.

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Alabama Crime
3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Report Says Alabama Crime Down 4 Percent

The annual report from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center says the crime rate in Alabama went down 4 percent in 2013.
Credit Safe Home Alabama

A new report says the crime rate in Alabama went down 4 percent in 2013.

The annual report from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center says 173,916 crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in Alabama in 2013. That was down from 181,752 crimes in 2012. It was the second consecutive year for a decrease.

The center reports that property crimes were down 5 percent, burglaries down 11 percent and robberies down 6 percent. Homicides were up 5 percent and crimes involving motor vehicles went up 9 percent.

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The Salt
3:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.
Andrea Shea for WBUR

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 9:48 am

You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.

But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called Yume Wo Katare that serves more than just ramen.

There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. But that's exactly what happens at Yume Wo Katare.

"Everyone, he did a good job!"

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World Horseshoe Competition
3:40 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Alabama City To Host World Horseshoe Competition

Alabama has a ringer in Montgomery, which has won its bid to host the World Horseshoe Tournament.
Credit Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

Alabama has a ringer in Montgomery, which has won its bid to host the World Horseshoe Tournament.

City officials on Thursday announced that the tournament will be held at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery in July 2016.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Montgomery was one of several cities vying for the competition, presented by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

Kay McCreery, the city's special recreation programs director, said the final choice came down to Montgomery and Spokane, Washington, before Montgomery landed the event.

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Movie Reviews
12:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 9:18 am

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Movie Reviews
10:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts

Universal Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:48 pm

What would you do if you could access 100 percent of your brain's potential processing power? Reverse climate change? Pick up new languages while you sleep? Pay your rent on time? Invent an iPhone capable of making and receiving telephone calls?

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Newscast
7:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Abnormally dry conditions, Free school supplies in Mobile

6am Newscast

Friday July 25, 2014

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Arts & Life
6:36 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Alabama-based Network Expanding to West Coast

Credit ewtn.com

An Alabama-based religious broadcasting operation is expanding to the West Coast.

The EWTN Global Catholic Network says it's building a television production center on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Orange, California.

The network will continue operating at its headquarters in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale. But it will also use the new studio to broadcast news, inspirational stories and religious masses by the end of the year.

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Planet Money
6:24 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

The cover of Michael Bunker's self published book Pennsylvania Omnibus.
Michael Bunker

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:32 pm

Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.

"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

It's Time For Comic-Con!

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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Newscast
5:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Housing Immigrant Children And 911 Tax Hike

5pm Newscast

Thursday July 24, 2014

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Movie Reviews
4:46 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

'A Most Wanted Man': A Parable Grounded In The Real World

Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in A Most Wanted Man, director Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John le Carré's 2008 novel, as German intelligence officer Günther Bachmann.
Roadside Attractions

Fittingly, one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final performances is in a movie about role-playing. The masterly actor mutters and growls his way through A Most Wanted Man as a spy who's simultaneously fighting two losing wars: against the West's enemies as well as his own putative allies.

Further deepening the movie's ambiguity, the American actor plays a German in a story whose payoff is pungently anti-American.

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The Salt
4:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:51 pm

Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.

While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.

And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.

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Movies
4:04 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Revisiting An 'Endless Summer'

Widely considered one of the best surfer movies in American history, The Endless Summer celebrates its 50th anniversary this week.
Monterey Media Inc.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:49 am

"This is Bruce Brown, thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed my film."

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