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1:25am

Thu September 5, 2013
Around the Nation

Forget Twitter. In St. Louis, Bare Your Soul Via Typewriter

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:10 pm

Goldkamp also keeps an index card file of choice words to integrate into his poem when he has trouble finding the right words.
Erin Williams STL Public Radio

Typically, 21st century writers fall into two technical categories: Mac or PC. But poet Henry Goldkamp would much rather use a typewriter. He's the sole owner of a mobile poetry business, and for the past three years, he's spent his weekends traveling St. Louis, banging out short poems, on the spot, for anyone who stops by his table.

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4:53am

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Social Media Erupt On News Of Ariel Castro's Death

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 9:46 am

It took neighbors' help for Amanda Berry to escape through the bolted storm door of the Cleveland home where authorities say she and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade. After she emerged, the women and Berry's daughter were rescued. Later, the home was destroyed.
David Maxwell EPA/LANDOV

1:05am

Wed September 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 11:00 am

Digital ephemera can capture things that don't appear in official accounts of events — but the material's in danger of disappearing if it's in obsolete formats.
iStockphoto.com

For centuries, biographers have relied on letters to bring historical figures to life, whether Gandhi or Catherine the Great. But as people switch from writing on paper to documenting their lives electronically, biographers are encountering new benefits — and new challenges.

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11:22am

Tue September 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Facebook Chats Prompt At-Risk Minority Men To Get HIV Tests

Latinos and African-Americans are more active on social media. Could that help promote HIV testing among minorities?
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

It didn't take long for people to figure out that Facebook could be a great place to connect with other people dealing with the same health problems. But public health officials have moved cautiously, lest their efforts backfire. Do you really want to "like" STDs?

But there is now evidence the social media approach can help, even when the health condition is sensitive. Facebook can play a role in persuading people at high risk of HIV/AIDS to use a home HIV test kit, a study finds.

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7:44am

Wed August 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:49 pm

Defunding strikes most Americans as the wrong prescription for the Affordable Care Act.
Ricardo Reitmeyer iStockphoto.com

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act often talk about how unpopular it is.

And this month's tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation bears them out. Negative views of the law (42 percent) top positive ones (37 percent).

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