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11:45am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Alabama's Largest County Takes Big Step To Avoid Bankruptcy

The Jefferson County Commission in Alabama approved a plan today that could mean the county will avoid having to declare bankruptcy because of a $3.1 billion debt.

The Birmingham News cautions, though, that "the agreement [with creditors] is only a framework or a concept to settle the crisis, and work remains toward crafting a definitive, binding deal."

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11:32am

Fri September 16, 2011
Music Interviews

John Hendricks: The Father Of Vocalese At 90

Jon Hendricks gives a clinic on vocalese at the 2007 Art of Jazz Festival.
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Jon Hendricks turns 90 Friday. The singer and lyricist is best known for his work with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross in the 1950s, putting words to jazz — including insanely complex vocal arrangements of instrumental solos.

One of Hendricks' favorite anecdotes involves a party where the wives of composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II had a little dispute over who wrote "Old Man River."

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11:05am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Haven't Seen The 'Webcam 101 For Seniors' Video Yet? Here It Is

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 11:09 am

Bruce and Esther Huffman, video darlings.
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It's one of this week's "viral video sensations," as ABC News' Technology Review says.

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10:34am

Fri September 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Biologists Set To Rescue Fish From Drying Texas Rivers

This news story from the Associated Press gives you an idea of just how bad drought conditions are in Texas:

Wildlife biologists on Friday will evacuate two species of minnows from the shrinking waters of a West Texas river in the first of what could be several rescue operations involving fish affected by the state's worst drought in decades.

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10:00am

Fri September 16, 2011
Politics

Political Chat: Boehner's Answer To Jobs Crisis

This week, House Speaker Boehner responded to President Obama's jobs plan; Republicans won both special congressional elections in New York and Nevada; and a former Obama administration member announced her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. GOP strategist Ron Christie and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker weigh in.

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