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Sat July 23, 2011

Lollipops: Pacifiers For Bar Patrons?


A city councilor on the island city of Victoria in British Columbia says she's found a new way to keep drunken bar patrons from becoming violent once the bars let out: lollipops.

Councilor Charlayne Thornton-Joe says she and others passed them out to inebriated partygoers as they exited pubs on Canada Day this month.

There are no scientific statistics to show that the lollipops actually prevented fights, but, she says, the bar patrons calmed down.

Although it seems like a new idea, she says, it's been used before in the U.K. and Vancouver.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Music News

Dos: Veteran Punks With A Low-End Theory

Dos y Dos is the latest album from Kira Roessler and Mike Watt's long-running, bass-only music project.
Eiko Kobayashi Courtesy of the artist

The band Dos takes its name from the Spanish word for two. Its members are two legendary Southern California punk rockers, but they feature only one instrument: the electric bass guitar. With just eight strings, Dos creates a diverse sound that ranges from Tejano ballads to modern waltzes — and it all started three decades ago with the sleepless nights of two young boys.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Music Interviews

Gomo Tulku: The Rapping Lama

Gomo Tulku, on the set of the music video for "Photograph."
Courtesy of the artist

Weekend Edition once did a story on a 6-year-old boy in Utah who was about to embark on a remarkable journey. Here's how that story began:

Among the rows of small cornsilk-blond and haystack-brown heads squirming through reading lessons in Mrs. Bigler's first-grade class at the Oak Hills Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, one small boy stands out among all the Ashleys, Cassies, Laurens and Chrises.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Garden Report

Lots to Do in the Garden in July and August!

Fort Collins Nursery

It’s a good time to sow spinach for later this fall and early next spring.  Sow seeds in the garden; keep the area moist for a couple weeks.  You’ll harvest healthy, great tasting spinach in a month or six weeks.  This also gives you a head start in the spring.  The spinach will over-winter and hit the ground growing in early spring.  Sow other salad greens, too.  They won’t over-winter but they will produce great autumn salads.

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Sat July 16, 2011
NPR Story

Debt Deal Far Off As Deadline Draws Near

The week in Washington began and ended with presidential news conferences. In between, there were daily meetings between President Obama and leaders of Congress over what to do about the federal deficit as the deadline nears for raising the federal debt limit.

But despite some dire warnings about defaulting on some of that debt, the government seems no closer to an agreement that could solve either its short- or long-term budget woes.

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