WGCU http://wgcu.org en Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months http://wgcu.org/post/iraqi-christian-village-sanctuary-ghost-town-2-months The northern Iraqi village of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/06/18/323166067/christian-village-takes-in-iraqis-displaced-by-sectarian-violence" target="_blank">Al-Qoush was humming with activity</a> — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 13781 at http://wgcu.org Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion' http://wgcu.org/post/back-home-freed-american-journalist-says-hes-overwhelmed-emotion <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA8OY7intFQ</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:26:00 +0000 editor 13778 at http://wgcu.org Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion' Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head http://wgcu.org/post/rice-bucket-challenge-put-rice-bucket-do-not-pour-over-head There's the Ice Bucket Challenge. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Linda Poon 13779 at http://wgcu.org Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria http://wgcu.org/post/un-says-assad-regime-islamic-state-are-committing-war-crimes-syria <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoISyria/A.HRC.27.60_Eng.pdf">A report</a> presented by the United Nations today paints a pretty grim picture of Syria.<p>It tells the story of a country mired in a ruthless civil war in which all sides are indiscriminately killing and torturing civilians. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:28:00 +0000 editor 13777 at http://wgcu.org U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons http://wgcu.org/post/canadians-fret-merger-burger-king-will-change-tim-hortons Never heard of Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain that U.S. fast-food chain Burger King recently announced it was buying? In Canada, that's like asking an American, "What's Starbucks?"<p>The brand affectionately called Timmy's is everywhere in Canada. Tim Hortons has more than 3,000 stores across Canada as well as about 600 in the U.S.<p>By one estimate, sales at Tim Hortons restaurants make up more than 25 percent of all food service transactions in Canada. Eight in 10 cups of coffee in the country are bought from Tim Hortons, according to the chain. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:27:00 +0000 editor 13780 at http://wgcu.org Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform http://wgcu.org/post/fashion-retailer-zara-pulls-kids-shirt-resembling-concentration-camp-uniform The clothing retail giant Zara is apologizing and has pulled a kids' shirt from its stores after hearing complaints that it resembled the uniform worn by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.<p>In a tweet, Zara said the shirt was "inspired by the sheriff's stars from the Classic Western films."<p>Reporting from Spain's Canary Islands, Lauren Frayer tells our Newscast unit that this isn't the first time the Spanish retailer has gotten into trouble. She filed this report:<p><blockquote><p>"The shirt in question is navy and white striped, with a big gold star on the chest. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:32:00 +0000 editor 13776 at http://wgcu.org Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation http://wgcu.org/post/french-prosecutors-put-imfs-lagarde-under-investigation Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, says French prosecutors have put her under formal investigation.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/world/asia/afghanistan-abdullah-presidential-election.html?_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p><p data-para-count="247" data-total-count="516">"Ms. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 editor 13775 at http://wgcu.org French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese http://wgcu.org/post/science-crowns-mozzarella-king-pizza-cheese Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, <a href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12355000/pdf/DBrief/11_consumption_of_pizza_0710.pdf">according to</a> the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.<strong> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 13774 at http://wgcu.org Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes http://wgcu.org/post/both-afghan-candidates-pull-observers-un-audit-votes The Afghan election process was thrown further into disarray on Wednesday, when both candidates pulled their observers from a U.N.-led audit of the country's ballots.<p>The Associated Press reports that Abdullah Abdullah was the first to withdraw his observer, saying the process was full of fraud. The news service adds:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. brokered the audit of the eight million ballots from the country's June presidential runoff as a way to end what had been a debilitating impasse over who would take over from outgoing President Hamid Karzai. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:54:00 +0000 editor 13773 at http://wgcu.org Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital http://wgcu.org/post/why-patients-arent-coming-liberias-redemption-hospital Redemption Hospital is a government-run facility in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia.<p>It offers care to all who come, free of charge.<p>Only now, patients aren't coming. It's rainy season — and malaria season. Tita Horace, head nurse of the pediatric ward, says her department usually sees 25 patients a day this time of year. Today, there are only five.<p>The sick are staying away, she explains, because they are afraid. "Some of them are afraid that maybe when they come they will get in contact with [an] Ebola patient. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:38:00 +0000 editor 13772 at http://wgcu.org Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria http://wgcu.org/post/us-officials-try-gauge-threat-american-fighters-syria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CfIXEVqw8</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 13769 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics http://wgcu.org/post/golf-may-be-too-polite-sport-presidential-politics There's been much criticism of the president lately, even within his own party, that he's too detached and withdrawn, not combative enough anymore. This can be explained completely with a sports analogy: We elected a basketball president, but then we ended up with a golf president.<p>Golf is an internal game. Nobody is playing against you. Nobody is guarding you. Basketball, on the other hand — basketball is in your face, one-on-one, combative to its core. Obama actually had a court built in the White House. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Frank Deford 13770 at http://wgcu.org Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know http://wgcu.org/post/la-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-know A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles.<p>The LA Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:32:00 +0000 editor 13771 at http://wgcu.org The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives http://wgcu.org/post/driven-climate-change-cotton-buyers-look-alternatives VF Corp. is one of the biggest clothing companies you might not have heard of. But <a href="http://www.vfc.com/brands">its brands</a> include Lee and Wrangler jeans, Timberland shoes and The North Face, and it also makes uniforms for police and major league sports teams.<p>It's also a large purchaser of cotton. "We buy roughly 1 percent of the cotton available in the world," says Letitia Webster, VF's senior director of sustainability. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 13766 at http://wgcu.org Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months? http://wgcu.org/post/hello-may-i-help-you-plan-your-final-months Imagine you're at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.<p>"My name is Kate. I'm a health care counselor," the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J.<p>This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, eventually, if you're ready to think about it, what you'd like to have happen at the end of your life.<p>Kate Schleicher, 27, is a licensed clinical social worker. At the start of the call, she knows almost as little about you as you know about her. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:28:00 +0000 editor 13767 at http://wgcu.org Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months? Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not http://wgcu.org/post/build-toothbrush-change-world-or-not Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-davidson-rdh-bsdh/68/a46/417">Mike Davidson's dream</a> has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.<p>The saga of this brush tells a lot about the passion and persistence to take an idea and turn it into a product.<p>Shots first <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/27/168080635/the-quest-for-the-perfect-toothbrush">introduced you</a> to Davidson in 2012. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Joe Palca 13768 at http://wgcu.org Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV http://wgcu.org/post/emmy-awards-2014-safe-choices-time-groundbreaking-tv <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q86u0bDE17w</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 13764 at http://wgcu.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions http://wgcu.org/post/colorados-pot-brownies-now-come-instructions When Colorado <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/colorado-creates-food-safety-system-regulate-marijuana-industry-edibles">legalized</a> recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers and food companies now have to ensure new products aren't contaminated with foodborne pathogens. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 13765 at http://wgcu.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter http://wgcu.org/post/high-prices-arent-scaring-consumers-away-meat-counter You may have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and beef prices <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/meat-price-spreads.aspx#.U_ztFMW-0yp">are up</a> more than 11 percent since last summer.<p>Supply and demand determine price, and the pork supply comes from places like Riley Lewis' hog farm near Forest City, Iowa.<p>Here 1,000 acres of corn surround the barns, and a grain silo from 1948 is dwarfed by modern storage bins. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 13761 at http://wgcu.org High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants http://wgcu.org/post/obama-considers-widening-strikes-against-islamic-state-militants President Obama is considering widening military strikes against the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley. The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State's positions in Iraq, and may decide to extend those strikes to Syria.<p>Three years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, and a year after President Obama tried to turn the page on the open-ended war on terror, the U.S. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 13763 at http://wgcu.org Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants