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1:37pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Television

With Premiere Week Upon Us, We Want To Ask Why

The spot: Simon Cowell at the Los Angeles taping of The X Factor, one of many new shows you may not be able to watch this week.
Ray Mickshaw FOX

This is a big, big week for broadcast TV — 44 returning series are having their season premieres, and 14 new shows will launch in the span of seven days.

But does running premiere week that way still make sense for the TV business. Or does it just create a traffic jam on your television?

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1:23pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Middle East

With Police Watching, Syrian Dissidents Meet

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 3:23 pm

More than 300 Syrian dissidents met near Damascus on Sunday, and afterward they held a news conference and called for more protests to oust President Bashar Assad's government. From left: Rajaa Nasser, Hussein Awdat, Hassan Abdul Azim, Saleh Mohammed and Samir Aita.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

It was an unprecedented gathering in Syria: The security police were monitoring, but they did not break up, a six-hour meeting of more than 300 dissidents at a farmhouse outside the capital Damascus.

Syria's traditional dissidents, men and women who have spent years in jail, have met before. For the first time, they sat together Sunday with young street organizers of the current unrest.

Samir Aita, an opposition figure who lives in Paris, attended the gathering and talked about the significance when he reached Beirut.

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1:17pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Cherokee Nation Faces Scrutiny For Expelling Blacks

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 9:37 am

Black Freedmen, who are descended from the slaves of Cherokee Indians, protest their expulsion on Sept. 2 outside a regional Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Muskogee, Okla. Marilyn Vann, in pink, is the president of the Descendants of Freedmen Association.
Alex Kellogg NPR

Every September, the Cherokee Nation celebrates its national holiday. The holiday marks the signing of its first constitution after the Trail of Tears in 1839. The main event, a big parade, features traditional Cherokee music, colorful floats and people singing and dancing in traditional garb.

The holiday draws tens of thousands of people to Tahlequah, Okla., the heart of the Cherokee Nation. But this year it was marked by controversy and protests.

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1:00pm

Mon September 19, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Releases Deficit Plan

Before heading to the United Nations meeting Monday afternoon, President Obama released his plan to get control of the federal deficit.

12:46pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Pediatricians Play Beat The Clock During Checkups

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 12:48 pm

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iStockphoto.com

Feeling rushed at the doctor's office? No wonder, if you're there with an infant or toddler.

A third of parents say the last well-child visit with the doctor lasted 10 minutes or less. About half said the checkup lasted 11 to 20 minutes. That leaves about 20 percent who say the visit took longer than 20 minutes. The findings appear in the latest issue of Pediatrics.

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