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5:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

Random House

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:16 pm

In Wonder, R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.

Palacio tells NPR's Michele Norris that the book was inspired by a real-life encounter with her own kids six years ago. They were at an ice cream store and sat next to a little girl with a severe facial deformity. Palacio's 3-year-old son cried in fear, so the author grabbed her kids and fled. She was trying to protect the girl but also avoid her own discomfort.

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Parallels
5:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

As The Revolution Fades, Tunisia Begins To Splinter

People gather outside the Constituent Assembly headquarters during a protest to demand the ouster of the Islamist-dominated government, in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 28.
Anis Mili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:35 pm

For Tunisia's ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, what happened this summer in Egypt is a cautionary tale and a constant reminder of the risks it faces as it navigates through its own political crisis.

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood easily dominated all post-revolutionary elections, only to be ousted by the military in July. Brotherhood supporters now carry yellow placards, a reminder of the military crackdown, and that same placard now hangs on Ennahda's headquarters in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

WATCH: An Amazing Rescue In Colorado

In this image made with a slow shutter speed which blurred the rushing water, flood waters course through a small park in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday.
Jud Valeski AP

Despite the bad news out of Colorado — where massive flooding has left three people dead — there is a bright spot: Rescue workers were able to extract three drivers stuck inside submerged vehicles.

Video of one of those rescues is awe-inspiring. Via ABC News, it speaks for itself:

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NPR Story
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Budweiser Ousts Old Style Beer At Wrigley Field

A vendor sells an Old Style beer to a fan during a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 25, 2011. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

There was big news this week for Chicago Cubs fans.

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Cubs, edging out the beloved Old Style beer at Wrigley Field.

The partnership between the Cubs and Old Style, which is made by Pabst Brewing Company, dated back to the 1950s.

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NPR Story
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Rethinking Childhood Food Allergies

(sean dreilinger/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:55 pm

There has been a change in thinking about childhood food allergies.

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NPR Story
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Defense Contractors Look To Border For New Business

Yesterday, we reported that in the coming months, the federal government will finalize contracts — worth hundreds of millions of dollars — for new surveillance technology to be deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immigration reform — if it passes — will likely include new funds for security and border enforcement.

And that’s generating a buzz among defense contractors and private tech companies that see border security as a lucrative business venture.

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NPR Story
4:31 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Millennials Take Their Parents to Work

Screenshot from a Forbes video about Google NYC's first "Take Your Parents To Work Day" in February 2013. (Forbes video)

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 4:33 pm

Businesses are beginning to see the advantage of encouraging young employees, interns and potential employees to invite their parents along for interviews and other job events.

Google and LinkedIn are hosting “Bring Your Parents to Work” days, while other companies let parents attend job interviews and hear about job offer and performance details.

The U.S. is not alone in this trend toward parental involvement.

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NPR Story
4:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Turning Up The Heat: Building Glare That's More Than A Nuisance

The Walkie Talkie Building in London. (Simon & His Camera/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 4:33 pm

It’s a simple rule of architecture: your building can’t damage other buildings. Or parked cars. Or passersby.

And yet in London, reflections from the Walkie Talkie Tower recently melted part of a Jaguar parked nearby.

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NPR Story
4:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Public Schools Still Struggling To Recover From Recession

(Robert Pollack/Flickr)

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 4:33 pm

A new study out today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that more than two-thirds of states are spending less per child on schools than they were five years ago.

The report indicates that public schools haven’t recovered from the recession, which ended in 2009.

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Shots - Health News
4:26 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

How A 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Video Improved Asthma Treatment

Tapas Mukherjee shot this asthma education video in a field near his home.
Tapas Mukherjee YouTube

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 8:12 am

Doctors and staff at a British hospital were doing a lousy job of treating patients in the midst of life-threatening asthma attacks. Less than half of the doctors made use of asthma treatment guidelines. One-third of them didn't even know the asthma guidelines existed.

That all changed when one of the doctors posted a homemade music video on YouTube.

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