2:16pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Public Health

Jeffco Cuts West Nile Virus Program

Creative Commons

Citing budget constraints, public health officials in Jefferson County say they’re cutting a spraying program that prevents the mosquito responsible for carrying West Nile Virus from breeding.

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2:04pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bad Economy Means Medicare Will Run Out Of Cash Sooner

The latest financial checkup for Medicare finds the health program for the elderly and disabled won't be able to pay for all benefits due starting in 2024.

The insolvency date for Medicare comes five years sooner than the estimate in last year's annual report by its trustees. A crummy economy shoulders a lot of the blame for the deterioration.

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1:59pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Planet Money

An Internet Rock Star Tells All

Jonathan Coulton's songs almost never get played on the radio. He doesn't have a contract with a music label. Yet he's a one man counterargument to the idea that musicians can't make money making music.

In 2010, Coulton's music brought in about $500,000 in revenue. And since his overhead costs are very low, most of that money went straight to him.

Did he ever expect to make that kind of money as a musician?

"Of course not," he says. "This is absurd."

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1:54pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

World Has Simplistic View Of Events In Syria, Says Reporter Who Sneaked In

One of the few Western journalists who has been able to get in to Syria to see the protests there and the crackdown by the regime of President Bashar Assad says he was "surprised at how much support President Assad himself still has."

Martin Fletcher, associate editor at The Times of London, spoke with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel earlier today.

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1:29pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Police Turn To Billboards In Search For Suspects In Giants' Fan Beating

More than 200 billboards began springing up around Los Angeles today in an attempt to identify two men police suspect were involved in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in Dodger Stadium on opening day.

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1:22pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Music Interviews

Jason Moran Takes Fats Waller Back To The Club

Fats Waller's stride piano style was in demand at rent parties and millionaires' mansions. Somehow, he pulled everyone in and got them to dance.
Evening Standard Hulton Archive

In Depression-era New York jazz clubs, "Fats" Waller was known for getting the party jumping. Now, musicians Jason Moran and Me'Shell Ndegeocello are collaborating on a new project that transforms Waller's rollicking stride piano style into contemporary dance music.

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1:19pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Middle East

Thousands Protest Across Syria Despite Crackdown

Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters Friday, killing at least six people as soldiers tried to head off demonstrations by occupying mosques and blocking public squares, human rights activists said.

A leading activist told The Associated Press that three people were killed in Homs, two in Damascus and one in a village outside Daraa, the southern city where the nationwide uprising began in March. He asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals by the government.

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1:07pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Pornography Found At Bin Laden's Compound, Sources Tell Reuters

A Reuters exclusive:

"A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday."

The wire service says it was told that the pornography "consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive" and that the sources "said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials."

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12:33pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Social Security And Medicare Trust Funds' Lives Shortened By Bad Economy

"The government says that a bad economy has shortened the lives of the trust funds that support the nation's two biggest benefit programs," The Associated Press writes.

The wire service says that the fund's trustees are reporting today that "the Medicare hospital insurance fund will now be exhausted in 2024, five years earlier than last year's estimate. ... [And] the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than before."

As Reuters adds:

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12:30pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Politics

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell Is Resigning

The Obama administration's special Mideast envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell, is stepping down after more than two years of trying to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told NPR.

The White House was expected to release a statement from President Obama later Friday on the resignation of the veteran mediator and broker of the Northern Ireland peace accord.

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