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12:01am

Tue May 10, 2011
Education

Ed Programs Assail 'U.S. News' Survey

Amid criticism from education reform advocates who say many teacher preparation programs provide poor training, a national organization is conducting a review of more than 1,000 programs to help aspiring teachers choose from the best. This consumer guide for prospective teachers — conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality — will be published in U.S. News and World Report next year.

But many schools of education say the effort is misguided, and they are threatening to scuttle the project.

Compiling The Stats

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12:01am

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Republicans Propose 'Tweaks' To New Financial Rules

One of the first bills Republicans filed on the first day of this Congress was one repealing the new law governing Wall Street. But since then, the repeal bill has languished untouched, with barely a half-dozen co-sponsors.

That doesn't mean Republicans are giving up, however. The GOP's latest plan is what detractors call death by a thousand cuts.

'They're Trying To Nibble It To Death'

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12:01am

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

In An Aging Nation, Making Stores Senior-Friendly

Retailers are paying special attention to older shoppers these days. Within the next decade the number of people over 65 is set to jump almost 30 percent. That shift has store designers thinking about how to accommodate the millions of older shoppers who'll be streaming through their doors.

But what could be wrong with a fully stocked supermarket, typically filled with enticing displays, numerous aisles and gleaming floors? The older we get, says retail anthropologist Georganne Bender — just about everything. Take the floors.

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6:32pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Two-Way

In Japan, A City Shifted By Earthquake Faces A New Reality

Originally published on Mon May 9, 2011 4:38 pm

Residents stroll in a flooded street in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The area in this part of the city sunk nearly 2 feet 7 inches following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Junji Kurokawa AP

In Ishinomaki, Japan, the March 11 earthquake has changed the city. Surely, it's changed it emotionally, but it has also changed it physically. The earthquake was so powerful, reports the AP, that some areas of Ishinomaki moved 17 feet to the southeast and sank 4 feet.

The result is that everyday, as high tide approaches, the city floods:

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6:01pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Politics

Obama Turns To Border Politics In Texas Visit

President Obama plans to pivot this week from foreign affairs and the targeted killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden to a domestic issue that continues to bedevil his administration: comprehensive immigration reform.

Or the lack thereof.

Given the expectations preceding the president's scheduled speech Tuesday in El Paso on immigration reform and border security, a comprehensive overhaul appears as elusive as the Sept. 11 mastermind proved to be.

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