6:14pm

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 8:16 pm

Bernard Goutier, 25, has served time in prison twice. He's now learning construction skills with Emerge Connecticut, which offers paid on-the-job training, literacy classes and support groups to ex-offenders.
Uma Ramiah for NPR

In many neighborhoods, hard truths about day-to-day life — like violent streets or crumbling schools — are readily apparent to residents, but less obvious to city and state officials.

Hard data can sometimes bridge that gap, helping policymakers better visualize which communities are doing well, and which may need additional help or resources.

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5:35pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vitamin D No Help For Colds

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:53 am

Sorry the vitamin D didn't help.
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Should you take Vitamin D supplements to prevent colds and shorten the misery?

Like other theories about the benefits of vitamin D, it seems like a reasonably good idea. After all, some lab studies suggest vitamin D might enhance immunity. And as everybody knows, people are more prone to respiratory infections during winter, when they cover up and get less vitamin D-generating sunlight.

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5:24pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Message Machine

Campaigns Targeting Hispanics, But With Tight Focus

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:17 pm

A volunteer hands out buttons before first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Hispanic caucus on Sept. 5 in Charlotte, N.C.
David Goldman AP

5:20pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Author Interviews

In 'House,' Erdrich Sets Revenge On A Reservation

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:14 pm

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In 1988, 13-year-old Joe Coutts is thrust into adulthood after his mother, Geraldine Coutts, is sexually assaulted. His story is at the center of Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Round House.

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5:20pm

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

Turning Data Into Action With 'Million-Dollar Blocks'

Certain truths about life in a neighborhood are readily apparent to people who live there, but less obvious to city and state officials. The Justice Mapping Center uses data to help bridge that gap with information about the prison system. By mapping the residential addresses of every inmate in various prison systems, Eric Cadora and his colleagues have made vividly clear a concept they call "Million-Dollar Blocks." In some places more than a million dollars are being spent every year to incarcerate the residents of a single Census block. Audie Cornish talks with Eric Cadora.

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5:20pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Europe

Opposition Victory Signals New Direction For Georgia

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:14 pm

Georgian billionaire and opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) reacts with supporters at his office on Monday. Ivanishvili defeated Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the election, clearing the way for a new government.
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Parliamentary elections in Georgia, the former Soviet republic, delivered a resounding defeat for the ruling party of President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday. Preliminary election results showed the opposition winning 57 percent of the vote.

A day later, the president conceded defeat. In a televised address, Saakashvili said he respected the decision of the voters, and that he would clear the way for the opposition Georgian Dream party to form a new government, a move that would install opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili as prime minister.

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4:57pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Syria, Running Low On Friends, Angrily Sheds Another

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 8:23 am

Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was a close ally of Syria and lived in the capital Damascus for years. But relations soured over the uprising in Syria, and Syria's state television denounced him in withering terms. Mashaal is shown speaking at a conference in Turkey on Sunday.
Kayhan Ozer AP

As the bloodletting in Syria carries on, President Bashar Assad's government doesn't have a lot of allies left.

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4:55pm

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

A Poll's Query About Partisan Bias Of Pollsters Finds The Tilt Is With Voters

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You can believe this latest poll result if you'd like. Or not.

A survey released Tuesday that was conducted by Public Policy Polling asked people if they thought pollsters were rigging their results to show President Obama leading Mitt Romney (h/t Josh Voorhees at The Slatest).

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4:47pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Middle East

Panic Rises In Iran As Currency Plunges To New Lows

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:14 pm

An Iranian man checks the rates of foreign currencies at a currency exchange bureau in central Tehran on Sept. 29. The Iranian currency lost nearly one-third of its value in a day over the weekend.
Maryam Rahmanian UPI/Landov

Large crowds of anxious Iranians gathered in Tehran on Sunday and Monday at foreign exchange offices — some of which had shuttered their doors — as Iran's currency continues its free fall.

From Sunday to Monday, the rial lost nearly one-third of its value against the dollar — and the decline appears to have continued Tuesday.

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4:23pm

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Story

Sept. 11 Documentarian Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:14 pm

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