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Tue July 19, 2011
Music News

Footmen, Mansions And Jazz: The Life Of 'Nica'

The Baroness and Thelonious Monk.
Ben Martin Getty Images

She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians.

Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey. Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.

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Tue July 19, 2011
Planet Money

Requiem For Pork Bellies

Pork bellies: The endgame.
Robert Smith NPR

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended trading in pork-belly futures last Friday.

When I heard the news, I dialed up the Merc's meat pit, and Brian Muno answered the phone. He's worked in the trading pit since 1975. And his father had been working there when the pork belly futures contract was invented, in the early sixties.

Muno had no sentimentality for the end of the pork-belly contract. A pragmatist by trade, he explained that the contract had far outlived its due.

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Tue July 19, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Boyz N The Hood'

Ice Cube's first-ever acting role was as troublemaker Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood. Bob Mondello says the film portrayed a side of L.A. that mainstream Hollywood was too afraid to show.
Sony Pictures

Time now for movie critic Bob Mondello to suggest something for viewing at home, rather than the multiplex. This week, the 20th anniversary release of a film that jump-started a lot of careers: Boyz N The Hood.

South Central L.A. On the map, so close to Hollywood. But in 1991, it might as well have been on the moon as far as movie studios were concerned.

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Tue July 19, 2011

Group Petitions to Ban Medical Marijuana in Fort Collins

Infinite Wellness Center is one of about 20 medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins. The group Concerned Fort Collins Citizens wants to ban storefronts that sell medical marijuana.

Fort Collins could be joining scores of other Colorado cities and counties this November that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Tue July 19, 2011
Poudre River

Inner Tubes, Small Rafts Allowed Back on Poudre River

by Kent Kanouse Flickr

As sweltering temperatures continue along the Front Range, Larimer County authorities have lifted restrictions barring the use of inner tubes on the Poudre River.

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