3:57pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Politics and Government

Ann Marie Buerkle, Fast and Furious, and the 24th district

The debate over Operation Fast and Furious is squeezing its way into the race for Congress in the new 24th Congressional District in central New York.

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3:55pm

Thu July 5, 2012
The Salt

Warning Against Eating Meat Has Chinese Olympians Off Their Game

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 11:00 pm

Chinese volleyball player Yunwen Ma during a game between China and Germany, at the Montreux Volley Masters women tournament, in Montreux, Switzerland, in 2011.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT EPA /Landov

It's no longer Meat Week here on The Salt (we are deep into Pie Week, in case you haven't noticed). But that doesn't mean we can't flag a good meat story when we see one.

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3:09pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Health

An AIDS-Ravaged Nation Turns To Circumcision

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 6:23 pm

Joseph Ochieng, 18, gets circumcised at the Siaya General Hospital in western Kenya.
Jason Beaubien NPR

The African nation of Kenya is attempting to get more than 1 million men between the ages of 15 and 49 circumcised by the end of 2013. If successful, this could be a groundbreaking effort in the fight to curb the spread of HIV.

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1:58pm

Thu July 5, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Bull Fights, Bankruptcy And A Damn Dangerous Book

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 6:23 pm

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Ben Mezrich is the author of Sex on the Moon.

Around the time I turned 12, I figured out exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: an alcoholic.

I didn't actually know what it meant to be an alcoholic, but I knew that one day, I would drink copious amounts and dash around the streets of Paris, preferably in the company of bullfighters, bankrupts, impotent newspaper correspondents, and morbidly depressed, exotically beautiful divorcees.

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1:53pm

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

The 'Arafat Killed By Poison?' Story: Here's What We Don't Get

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 8:34 am

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in October 2004, a month before he died.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

Al-Jazeera is getting attention for its reports that traces of polonium-210 have been found on items, including clothing, belonging to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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12:50pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Music Reviews

Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 12:01 pm

Linda Oh
Vincent Soyez courtesy of the artist

In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. From moment to moment, Linda Oh's bass prowls or gallops, takes giant downward leaps, or stands its ground.

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12:23pm

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Heat Waves, Power Outages, Wildfires: The Misery Continues

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 6:23 pm

Trying to keep cool in Chicago: On Wednesday, 7-year-old Keshyra Pitts played in the spray from a fire hydrant.
Jose M. Osorio MCT /Landov

First, some good news:

-- The Waldo Canyon fire in and around Colorado Springs is "90 percent contained" and officials expect it will be "fully contained by Friday," The Denver Post reports. That blaze, which began June 23, has destroyed about 350 homes and caused at least two fatalities.

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12:22pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Around the Nation

AIDS In Black America: A Public Health Crisis

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 2:10 pm

Dr. David Ho, an HIV/AIDS specialist, draws blood from Magic Johnson, one of the people featured in Endgame: AIDS in Black America.
Renata Simone Productions/Frontline

Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up about 13 percent of the population. AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites.

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12:18pm

Thu July 5, 2012
Asia

After A Forced Abortion, A Roaring Debate In China

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 11:09 pm

Feng Jianmei and her husband could not pay $6,000 in fines for violating China's one-child policy. In June, when she was seven months pregnant, local officials abducted her and forced her to have an abortion, her family says. The case has provoked widespread outrage.
Quirky China News Rex Features

Deng Jiyuan and Feng Jianmei, a couple from northwest China's Shaanxi province, have a 6-year-old daughter. Under China's complicated birth calculus, they were barred from having another child. But they tried anyway.

"We planned this pregnancy because our parents are old, they want us to have another child," Deng, 30, explained by cellphone last month from his home in Shaanxi.

That decision led to a sequence of events that has ignited a firestorm and renewed debate over the country's one-child policy.

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11:47am

Thu July 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman's Bail Set At $1 Million

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:04 pm

George Zimmerman during a court hearing on June 29.
Joe Burbank AP

A judge in Florida this morning set bail at $1 million for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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