Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida A&M President Resigns In Wake Of Hazing Scandal

James Ammons in 2006.
Gerry Broome AP

The hazing scandal at Florida A&M University has cost the university president his job, the AP is reporting.

James Ammons submitted his resignation today just after the parents of Robert Champion added the university to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Champion, an A&M drum major in the famed "Marching 100" band, died in November after going through a violent hazing ritual on parked bus. Eleven marching band members have been charged.

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Wed July 11, 2012
Around the Nation

What Happens When A City Declares Bankruptcy



San Bernardino is expected to become the third California city in the past month to file for bankruptcy. That follows Stockton and Mammoth Lakes. Even after layoffs and cuts to public employees' pay and pensions, officials in San Bernardino said the government could not cover upcoming bills. So what happens now to city services like police and fire protection, garbage collection, road repairs? Who gets paid, and who doesn't? If you have questions about municipal bankruptcy, give us a call, 800-989-8255.

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Wed July 11, 2012

Political Junkie Roundup: Money And The NAACP



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The president pivots to taxes, Romney says he's just ducking the jobs number, and Palin pleads for partisan passion. It's Wednesday and time for a...

SARAH PALIN: Hair on fire...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER: Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.

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Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

An Amazing Life: Robert de La Rochefoucauld, World War II Saboteur

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:32 pm


As brother Jim Memmott tweeted: "Good heavens, what a life."

Read this New York Times obituary of Robert de La Rochefoucauld and we bet you'll say something like that too. As the Times writes, in World War II the French count's exploits as an agent for the British:

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Wed July 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Where They Stand: Obama, Romney On Immigration

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:51 pm

Below are President Obama's and Republican challenger Mitt Romney's policies and proposals regarding immigration. NPR will be comparing the two candidates on various issues in the run-up to the November election. If you have suggestions for other issues you'd like us to explore, please leave a note in the comments section below.



Supports; also endorses letting foreign students stay in U.S. after college graduation.

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Wed July 11, 2012

Finally, TV's 'Dolt' Dads Get To Evolve

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:02 pm

In Modern Family, writes Hanna Rosin, dad Phil Dunphy, played by Ty Burrell, is "the center of joy and fun in his household."
Peter "Hopper" Stone ABC

"Starting from the birth of sitcoms, fathers are pretty much universally morons," writes Hanna Rosin in a piece for Slate.com. The latest crop of sitcoms, though, showcases dads who are a stark contrast to the bumbling Stu Erwin, on The Trouble With Father, or Fred Flintstone, or even Homer Simpson, she adds.

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Wed July 11, 2012

In France, The (Abandoned) Dog Days Of Summer

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:33 pm

Dogs wait to be adopted at the Animals Without Home shelter south of Paris in Montgeron, France, in August 2010. France is among the European countries with the highest number of abandoned pets during the summer months, when people take long vacations.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

For Europeans, it's not uncommon to take a whole month of vacation in the summer. But the season can be a deadly time for the many pets left behind — permanently.

The abandonment of domestic animals by vacationers is a scourge in many countries across Europe. And in France, this summer isn't likely to be different despite campaigns by animal-rights groups against the practice.

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Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

That's 'Gnathia Marleyi' To You: Scientist Names New Species After Bob Marley

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Male gnathiids.
Ann Marie Coile Arkansas State University

We're not quite sure what to make of it. Is it an honor? Is it an insult?

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Wed July 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Absorbs Boos, Tells NAACP That Democrats Have Failed Blacks

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 3:02 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at the NAACP annual convention Wednesday in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP


Wed July 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Kim Dotcom, Megaupload Founder, Offers To Extradite Himself

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 1:31 pm

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom, left, leaves court after he was granted bail in the in Auckland, New Zealand.
Michael Bradley AFP/Getty Images

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, now says he's ready to fly himself to the United States to face charges and forgo what could be a lengthy extradition process.

As you might expect, Dotcom made the offer of self-extradition on Twitter, saying:

"Hey DOJ, we will go to the US. No need for extradition. We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses."

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