WRVO Public Media http://wrvo.org en Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://wrvo.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59289 at http://wrvo.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wrvo.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 editor 59290 at http://wrvo.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting http://wrvo.org/post/immigration-americas-concerns-are-fiery-fleeting Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.<p>In a Gallup <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/173306/one-six-say-immigration-important-problem.aspx">survey</a> released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership.<p>Though a small plurality, it was a sharp increase from the 5 percent who named the issue in Gallup's June poll, conducted jus Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:36:00 +0000 editor 59288 at http://wrvo.org On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' http://wrvo.org/post/book-review-angels-make-their-hope-here Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 59287 at http://wrvo.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question http://wrvo.org/post/glass-or-no-glass-grill-lid-question We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.<p>When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0il1bFM0vc">video</a> posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?<p>First, let's back up. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 April Fulton 59286 at http://wrvo.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://wrvo.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 editor 59278 at http://wrvo.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital http://wrvo.org/post/dc-washingtons-voice-shines-diamond-nations-capital During a recent visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by both his smooth baritone and his curiously apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington into the studio for a conversation and a few songs. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=D.C.+Washington%27s+Voice+Shines+On+The+Diamond+In+Nation%27s+Capital&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MDcwNjYzMDEzMTQ4MjA1NThkNjc1Mg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 59284 at http://wrvo.org VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://wrvo.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjIzNjkwMDEzMTcwNjcxNzNmYmMzMA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 59279 at http://wrvo.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://wrvo.org/post/near-crash-site-stories-jet-cleave-closely-russian-version Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 59280 at http://wrvo.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://wrvo.org/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/142189390/tonaw Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 59281 at http://wrvo.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles http://wrvo.org/post/tree-planted-honor-beatle-killed-beetles Flowers may grow so incredibly high, as the Beatles once sang, but trees — not so much.<p>Actually, a pine tree planted in Los Angeles a decade ago to honor former Beatle George Harrison reached a height of 12 feet before succumbing recently.<p>To an infestation. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 editor 59282 at http://wrvo.org Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? http://wrvo.org/post/inflation-came-low-again-are-there-bubbles Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?<p>Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 59283 at http://wrvo.org Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-increases-security-preparation-harborfest <p>Harborfest, an annual four-day event that brings more than 100,000 people to the city of Oswego, begins Thursday.<br /><br />The Oswego Police Department says they are beefing up patrols to prepare for the influx of people and to try to keep everyone safe, but Police Chief Tory DeCaire says they always need extra help.<br /><br />"We rely heavily on outside agencies and the law enforcement assistance that they provide," DeCaire explained. "We are going to have officers on foot, on bike, on ATVs, as well as marked police cars, and officers detailed at specific venues."<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59266 at http://wrvo.org Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://wrvo.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59275 at http://wrvo.org The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions http://wrvo.org/post/polish-case-tougher-russia-sanctions In the wake of the Malaysian airliner's downing, many Europeans are now calling for tougher sanctions against Russia. Among them is Radek Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, who explains to Robert Siegel why the West should ratchet up sanctions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 59277 at http://wrvo.org A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return http://wrvo.org/post/spicy-take-old-standby-ketchups-ripe-return When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in high season, <em>All Things Considered</em> reaches into the archives for an heirloom tomato ketchup recipe, which produces a spicy sauce you'll likely not to find anywhere else. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Spicy+Take+On+An+Old+Standby%3A+This+Ketchup%27s+Ripe+For+Return&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyOTk4OTc0MDEyNzcxNDIzMTZjM2E3Zg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 59276 at http://wrvo.org In A Crowded Gaza, A Growing Sense That Nowhere Is Safe http://wrvo.org/post/crowded-gaza-growing-sense-nowhere-safe Two weeks into the conflict in the Gaza Strip, more than 600 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 29 Israelis have been killed. Two recent Israeli strikes, on a school and a hospital, reflect the scope of Israel's offensive. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 59273 at http://wrvo.org As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights http://wrvo.org/post/rockets-encroach-israels-main-airport-sees-canceled-us-flights U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 59272 at http://wrvo.org In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire http://wrvo.org/post/cairo-first-steps-taken-gnarled-path-gaza-cease-fire Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 59271 at http://wrvo.org Amid CAR's Bloodshed, Thousands Dead And Little Help For The Living http://wrvo.org/post/amid-cars-bloodshed-thousands-dead-and-little-help-living Sectarian violence erupted between Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic just over a year ago. According to Sylvain Groulx of Doctors Without Borders, the conflict's casualty count is staggering: One in three families there have lost at least one family member. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 59270 at http://wrvo.org Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court http://wrvo.org/post/obamas-health-care-law-has-confusing-day-court Another wild legal ride for Obamacare on Tuesday: Two U.S. Court of Appeals panels issued conflicting decisions on an issue with the potential to gut the health care overhaul.<p>The two rulings could lead to another U.S. Supreme Court showdown over the controversial law, all because of what one of the law's opponents initially called "a glitch."<p>That glitch has now become a legal spear aimed at the health care exchanges that are the heart of Obamacare. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 59269 at http://wrvo.org Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court http://wrvo.org/post/obamacares-split-decisions-spell-laws-possible-return-supreme-court Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 59268 at http://wrvo.org Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct http://wrvo.org/post/newark-police-placed-under-federal-microscope-rampant-misconduct After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 editor 59267 at http://wrvo.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere http://wrvo.org/post/deal-detroit-could-signal-cuts-pensions-elsewhere It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.<p>That's no longer the case.<p>Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're cutting services. Numerous states and cities have trimmed the type of pension plans they're offering employees — mostly new employees.<p>But pension benefits already earned have always been sacrosanct, protected by federal law and, often, state constitutions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 59274 at http://wrvo.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores http://wrvo.org/post/charters-money-and-test-scores The University of Arkansas <a href="http://www.uaedreform.org/">today released</a> what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 59258 at http://wrvo.org Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores Fresh Air Remembers Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch http://wrvo.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actress-and-singer-elaine-stritch Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. We're going to listen back to an excerpt of my interview with Elaine Stritch, a performer lucky enough to have debuted songs by Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim and to have been coached by each of them. She died last Thursday at the age of 89. Stritch used to describe herself as a Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic pain in the ass. Her Broadway career began in 1946. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 59264 at http://wrvo.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' http://wrvo.org/post/how-scientists-created-typhus-vaccine-fantastic-laboratory When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II, Nazi commanders had another worry besides the Red Army. Epidemics of typhus fever, which is transmitted by body lice, killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during and after World War I.<p>As World War II raged, typhus reappeared in war-torn areas and in Jewish ghettos, where cramped, harsh conditions were a perfect breeding ground for lice.<p>So the Nazis employed Dr. Rudolf Weigl to produce a typhus vaccine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 editor 59263 at http://wrvo.org How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes http://wrvo.org/post/dont-pop-bubble-wrap-scientists-turn-trash-test-tubes Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.<p>Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 59259 at http://wrvo.org Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus http://wrvo.org/post/high-school-lacrosse-surges-popularity-so-does-injury-focus Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.<p>Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579350892629229918">survey conducted</a> by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 editor 59260 at http://wrvo.org As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://wrvo.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 59261 at http://wrvo.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola