Wed September 17, 2014
The Protojournalist

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:21 am


Post a photo of the plant on your desk in the Comments section below.

That's right: The plant the boss wants you to take home ...

Now you can explain — with some research to back you up — that having greenery in your workspace makes you more productive. And how a ficus near the phone or a lily by the laptop helps grow business.

And maybe your supervisor will make like a plant — and leave.

Rooting Out The Problem

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Wed September 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Bangladesh Court Commutes Islamist Leader's Death Sentence

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:03 pm

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence of an Islamist leader who was convicted last year by a war crimes tribunal for his role in the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, now 74, will instead spend the rest of his life in prison, a five-member panel of judges ruled today.

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Wed September 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Wildfire Threatens More Than 1,500 Homes In Northern California

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 1:42 pm

A photo from Sunday shows a wildfire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, Calif. Several blazes are being fueled by record drought conditions.
Darvin Atkeson AP

Updated at noon ET.

The largest of several wildfires in California, the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest east of Sacramento, is threatening 1,600 homes as it continues to spread almost unchecked.

According to the latest information, the King Fire, one of several that California firefighters are battling, has engulfed more than 18,500 acres and is only 5 percent contained.

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Wed September 17, 2014
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

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Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

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Wed September 17, 2014

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 12:54 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless."

Then she got a strange letter in the mail. " 'We are writing you with good news,' " she reads to me over the phone. " 'We got rid of some of your Everest College debt. ... No one should be forced to mortgage their future for an education.' "

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Wed September 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 12:54 pm

This undated photo of Eric Frein was released Tuesday by Pennsylvania State Police. Frein, 31, is being sought in connection with last week's killing of a state trooper and the critical wounding of another.

Authorities have identified a suspect in last week's shooting death of a state trooper and the wounding of another officer at a police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, warning the public to be on the lookout for a heavily armed man described as a "survivalist."

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect, Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa.

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Wed September 17, 2014

New law targets Washington Redskins' mascot use

Keith Allison Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation and the Change the Mascot campaign have spent more than a year putting public pressure on the Washington D.C. football franchise to drop its nickname, the Redskins. They say it’s offensive.

Change the Mascot is continuing its push on Washington’s pro football team to change its name by reaching out to owners of all the NFL teams and taking action in Congress.

Half the U.S. Senate and a growing chorus of newspapers and public officials have chimed in too, but so far the team itself has refused to budge.

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Wed September 17, 2014

Astorino says policy changes, hydrofracking can help upstate New York economy thrive

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego to talk about his policies.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego Tuesday to meet with supporters, including Assemblyman Will Barclay, to discuss his plans for office if elected. One of the many topics he covered was the need to regrow the upstate economy, including leveraging the region's residents and location to help spur economic development.

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Wed September 17, 2014
The Two-Way

House Poised To Vote On Arming, Training Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 12:28 pm

House Speaker John Boehner has expressed cautious support for the White House plan. He and other House GOP leaders are backing a measure to authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

President Obama will meet today with military officials at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., to discuss the fight against the militants calling themselves the Islamic State, as House lawmakers prepare for a vote to authorize training for moderate rebels to oppose the extremist group.

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Wed September 17, 2014

Police Try To Nab Thief Who Steals Flowers From Graves

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:50 pm

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