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2:33pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Health Workers Call On McDonald's To Retire Ronald

During a demonstration in Chicago, Jack Nugent (right), part of a group organized by Corporate Accountability International, urged a pedestrian to support his cause calling for McDonald's to retire Ronald McDonald in March 2010.
Scott Olson Getty Images

A bunch of health professionals are ratcheting up the pressure on McDonald's to change the way it markets its wares.

In an open letter to the company's CEO published in newspapers across the country signed by hundreds of doctors, nurses and others linked the company's marketing of unhealthful food to children to the rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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2:30pm

Wed May 18, 2011
World Cafe

James McCartney On World Cafe

James McCartney, song of Paul, appeared on World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

As son of Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and one of the most commercially successful songwriters of all time, it should come as no surprise that James McCartney has the music in him. The singer, songwriter and sculptor has been involved with his father's career for some time, contributing to solo albums and even accompanying Sir Paul on tour.

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1:47pm

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Mideast Speech: Join NPR's @acarvin For A Twitter Conversation

Originally published on Wed May 18, 2011 11:47 am

There's been no shortage of online buzz this week in anticipation of President Obama's Thursday morning speech on U.S. Mideast policy. Much of this buzz is happening on Twitter, which along with other social media tools has played an unprecedented role in the Mideast uprisings.

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1:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Study Finds Homosexuality, Celibacy Did Not Cause Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

A five-year study commissioned by Roman Catholic bishops in the United States concluded the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was caused by poorly prepared priests in the midst of the social and sexual revolution of the Woodstock Era.

The Boston Globe reports:

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1:27pm

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Syria's Assad, Six Others, Hit With Sanctions By U.S. Treasury

President Obama today signed an executive order "imposing sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior officials of the government of Syria, the Treasury Department just announced.

It said the move is "an effort to increase pressure on the government of Syria to end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people."

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