5:01am

Fri July 25, 2014
Politics and Government

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of attorney general

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Moreland Commission in July 2013
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The fallout continues over whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations.

Schneiderman’s opponent in the fall elections is one of those raising questions about whether the attorney general, who was key to the formation of the ethics commission, could have been more involved and done something to stop alleged interference in probes by Cuomo’s aides.

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6:22pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat in February, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will likely be complicated by allegations of plagiarism, reported by The New York Times. It seems that in a paper Walsh submitted for his master's degree from the U.S. Army War College, long passages were borrowed without attribution.

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5:52pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

When One Size Doesn't Fit All: A Man's Quest To Find An Extra-Small

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:36 pm

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5:52pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Men In America

The Evolution Of The 'Esquire' Man, In 10 Revealing Covers

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:50 pm

Issued in the midst of the Korean War, this cover makes clear that that even though styles may change, some topics have stayed constant: fashion, sports and scantily clad women.
Courtesy of Esquire

This summer, All Things Considered has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today — from a second look at popular notions of masculinity and men's style, to attitudes toward women — and how all those ideas have shifted over time.

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5:51pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 10:00 am

For 15 years, Amran Mahamood made a living circumcising young girls in Hargeysa, Somalia. Four years ago, she gave it up after a religious leader convinced her that Islamic law did not require it.
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Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.

The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.

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5:30pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Salt

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:51 pm

Food companies spend a lot of time and resources coming up with the perfect plastic packaging to keep their products fresh.
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Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.

While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.

And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.

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4:39pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:23 pm

Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Courtesy of Deborah Bonello

Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they've been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they've been turned away by protesters.

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4:29pm

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:03 pm

The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.

The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.

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4:25pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:22 pm

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers of a lockout if a contract deal isn't settled by July 31.
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The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

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4:21pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Author Interviews

When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:52 pm

Brothers and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright walk together in 1910.
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Joshua Wolf Shenk doesn't believe in the myth of the lone genius. "What has one person ever done alone?" he asks NPR's Robert Siegel. "We think of Martin Luther King and Sigmund Freud and Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs as these great solo creators, but in fact, if you look into the details of their life, they are enmeshed in relationships all the way through."

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