6:22pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: A Car Worthy of 'The Saint'

Comments under today's piece on a very well-travelled Volvo, reveal an abundance of affection for the make. "I'll be here all week" recalls with fondness all the "quirky features" of his white 1968 P1800S, including "rear view mirror ... mounted on the center of the dashboard, vertical temp gauges between the speedo and tach, the funky aircraft style levers for the vents and fan."

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5:22pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Record

Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:23 pm

Mary J. Blige performs during the 2012 Essence Music Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 7.
Erika Goldring Getty Images

For the last 18 years, the Essence Music Festival has been the go-to event for African-Americans, especially African-American women. For three days in New Orleans, hundreds of thousands show up for R&B and gospel concerts and panels on politics, financial planning and parenting.

If it's a party, as creator George Wein describes it, it's a party with a purpose.

"New Orleans is a party city and they party," Wein says. "People party here. If you go to the hotels — 40-floor hotels — [there's] like 40 floors of parties."

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5:21pm

Mon July 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Justice Department, Texas Face Off In Court Over Voter ID Law

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:54 pm

The Justice Department and the state of Texas faced off at trial Monday over the state's new voter identification law, which the Obama administration claims violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

In opening arguments before a three-judge panel in federal district court in Washington, D.C., a lawyer for Texas argued that the photo ID requirement was intended to limit voter fraud, not to curb turnout of legally registered voters.

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5:20pm

Mon July 9, 2012
All Tech Considered

The Next Silicon Valley? Berlin Startups Catching Up With The Hype

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:29 pm

Simon Fabich (center) is CEO and co-founder of the Berlin-based online shopping startup Monoqi. Artsy and relatively inexpensive, Berlin is an up-and-coming city for European tech startups.
Courtesy of Monoqi

California's Silicon Valley remains by far the dominant arena for high-tech startups and venture capitalists looking to back innovative projects.

But Europe is starting to make its mark on the startup scene. London, Paris and Berlin are starting to hold their own as more and more European startups look to compete on the global stage and attract investors.

A 'Crazy Green Field' For Creative Types

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5:16pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Think Our Cable Chat Shows Are Raucous? In Turkey They Pull Guns

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:42 pm

A Jordanian MP pulls a gun on an opponent.
YouTube

4:54pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Afghanistan

A Taliban Execution Brings Back Painful Memories

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:33 pm

A screen grab from the video of a public execution reportedly carried out last month in Afghanistan. The victim is sitting with her back to the executioner, who is at left.
Agence France Presse

Earlier today, we published and distributed a story by Ahmad Shafi recounting his experience witnessing a public execution in Kabul in 1998. Since the story was published, it has come to our attention that portions of the piece were copied from a story by Jason Burke, published by the London Review of Books in March 2001. We have removed Shafi's story from our website.

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4:50pm

Mon July 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Swing State TV Stations Spiking Ad Rates As Campaign Cash Pours In

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:19 pm

President Obama at a stop on his bus tour of Ohio in Port Clinton on July 5.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

4:31pm

Mon July 9, 2012
The Two-Way

In Egypt, Court Says Its Decision On Dissolving Parliament Is Final

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 4:35 pm

Workers clean inside the Egyptian parliament in Cairo on Monday.
Mohammed Asad AP

Today there were two big developments in Egypt:

First, Egypt's high court reaffirmed that its decision to dissolve parliament was final and binding. Over the weekend, the newly-elected President Mohammed Morsi had called parliament back into session defying the court's earlier decision.

Reporting from Cairo, Kimberly Adams told our Newscast unit that this sets up a "political showdown."

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4:24pm

Mon July 9, 2012
All Tech Considered

Father Of The Cellphone 'Unleashed' World's Callers From Copper Wires

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:37 pm

Martin Cooper holds a Motorola DynaTAC, a 1973 prototype of the first hand-held cellular telephone, in San Francisco in 2003. Cooper made the world's first public call from a cellphone in 1973.
Eric Risberg AP

They called it "the brick." And Martin Cooper says it really did look like one: 8 inches high, an inch and a half wide, 4 inches deep, and weighing 2 1/2 pounds.

In other words, the world's first hand-held cellphone, the Motorola DynaTAC, weighed the equivalent of about eight iPhones. (Try jamming that into a pocket.)

"The battery life was only 20 minutes," says Cooper, a former vice president at Motorola who has been called the "father of the cellphone." "But that was not a problem because you couldn't hold that heavy thing up for more than 20 minutes."

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4:11pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Technology

What's Next For BlackBerry?

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:38 pm

Melissa Block speaks to NPR's Laura Sydell about the outlook for BlackBerry and its creator, Research in Motion.

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