Bill Chappell http://wgcu.org en Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official http://wgcu.org/post/alaska-oks-bill-making-native-languages-official If you're so inclined, and able, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages, including English, are officially recognized by the state. Alaska's Legislature approved a bill giving them that status Monday.<p>Its backers say the largely symbolic bill is a statement about equality. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9544 at http://wgcu.org Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' http://wgcu.org/post/ferry-transcript-shows-confusion-and-panic-please-come-quickly For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.<p>The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9506 at http://wgcu.org Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://wgcu.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9500 at http://wgcu.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists http://wgcu.org/post/florida-church-whose-worshipers-are-all-tourists Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.<p>That's because the church is across the street from Walt Disney World. The main basilica was built in the early 1990s, to give visitors to the resort complex a place to worship. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9498 at http://wgcu.org The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder http://wgcu.org/post/hurricane-carter-dies-boxer-was-wrongfuly-convicted-murder Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9495 at http://wgcu.org 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce http://wgcu.org/post/ukraine-deadly-gunfight-rattles-easter-truce A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304905585/ukraine-calls-an-easter-truce-in-clash-with-militants">a truce for this Easter weekend</a>.<p>The shootout took place at a separatist checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9494 at http://wgcu.org Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://wgcu.org/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9493 at http://wgcu.org Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://wgcu.org/post/gm-was-slow-recall-saturn-cars-steering-flaw General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 Saturn cars that have been found to have defective power steering systems, newly released federal documents show. The records also show federal regulators didn't demand a recall of the cars, despite thousands of complaints about them.<p>The cars' problem is described as "a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9483 at http://wgcu.org GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://wgcu.org/post/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-13 Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.<p>"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9481 at http://wgcu.org Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://wgcu.org/post/pakiastani-tv-journalist-hamid-mir-wounded-attack Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.<p>Details about the attack are still emerging. Citing police, Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9480 at http://wgcu.org Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland http://wgcu.org/post/ancient-landscape-found-under-two-miles-ice-greenland In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.<p>"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the <a href="http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=18309&category=uvmhome">University of Vermont</a> says. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9478 at http://wgcu.org Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants http://wgcu.org/post/ukraine-calls-easter-truce-clash-militants <h6>This post was updated at 6 p.m. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9475 at http://wgcu.org Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident http://wgcu.org/post/captain-apologizes-death-toll-rises-s-korea-ferry-accident <strong>This post was updated at 7:25 p.m.</strong><p>Divers recovered more bodies early Sunday in South Korea, from the wreckage of a ferry that sank earlier this week. The number of confirmed dead has now risen to 46. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9474 at http://wgcu.org Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System http://wgcu.org/post/turbotax-maker-linked-fight-against-return-free-tax-system Proposals to let U.S. taxpayers get a statement from the government that's already filled in with their financial information have been under attack by Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, according to ProPublica. The nonprofit newsroom says several people took a stand against the proposal in a grass-roots campaign that Intuit orchestrated.<p>The proposed "return-free" system would simplify the filing process by using information the federal government receives from banks and employers. It's used in parts of Europe and in a <a href="https://www.ftb.ca.gov/readyreturn/">California pilot program</a>. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9339 at http://wgcu.org TurboTax Maker Linked To Fight Against 'Return-Free' Tax System Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] http://wgcu.org/post/boston-stronger-city-marks-one-year-marathon-bombings On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago.<p>In and around Boston, people are also looking back on a year of healing. The day's events culminated in a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion. Vice President Joe Biden joined other officials in a tribute near the race's finish line.<p>A large crowd formed along Boylston Street, the scene of the cruel attack that police say was carried out by two brothers. One was later killed, and the other awaits trial. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9331 at http://wgcu.org Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated] Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet http://wgcu.org/post/ooops-us-airways-accidentally-includes-lewd-photo-tweet Airlines commonly use Twitter to address the concerns of customers, answering questions about flights and policies and helping passengers deal with delays. But US Airways ran into trouble online Monday, when its response to an unhappy customer included a link to a graphic photo of a woman with a model airplane.<p>The company has apologized and deleted the tweet from its account.<p>"We apologize for an inappropriate image recently shared as a link in one of our responses," <a href="https://twitter.com/USAirways">the airline tweeted</a> this afternoon. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9317 at http://wgcu.org Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories http://wgcu.org/post/pulitzer-prizes-are-out-washington-post-guardian-win-nsa-stories Months after lifting a veil of secrecy from the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, <em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian </em>won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday. The two papers broke the story in tandem, relying on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.<p><a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/node/8501">The Pulitzer Prize win</a> comes days after two journalists at the heart of the story, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, received a George Polk Award for national security reporting. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9303 at http://wgcu.org Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ http://wgcu.org/post/banksy-believed-be-behind-eavesdropping-mural-near-british-spy-hq A telephone box near Britain's Government Communications Headquarters is now bracketed with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a nearby wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of Banksy, who often uses public spaces as his canvas.<p>The mural was painted around the telephone box to create the image of three trenchcoat-clad men wearing sunglasses, holding microphones and other surveillance gear. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9300 at http://wgcu.org Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee http://wgcu.org/post/japan-may-send-maglev-train-expertise-us-without-fee The technology behind Japan's magnetically levitated train system, which whooshes passengers to their destinations at speeds topping 300 mph, could come to the U.S. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9298 at http://wgcu.org Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile http://wgcu.org/post/second-night-valparaiso-fire-spreads-misery-chile At least 12 people are dead and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by a large fire that wreaked havoc over the weekend in Valparaiso, Chile. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:46:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9292 at http://wgcu.org For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile