Do nurses have the right to refuse a flu shot, after Macy's, the 100-year-old employee, the rescuers who die while rescuing, and the Emancipation Proclamation outloud.
It had to happen sooner or later. The Field of Dreams in Iowa is no more. The sale to developers who intend to turn the area into a youth baseball complex has now been finalized.
The single field on the edge of a corn field will be turned into a 24-field complex, and presumably look like hundreds of others of complexes around the country.
If you're kicking yourself for not visiting it and "having a catch" with your son or dad, well, welcome to the club.
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Sorry, Michele Norris fans. The Minnesota-born journalist is out as anchor of NPR's All Things Considered. Sort of.
Norris stepped down from the high-profile gig in 2011 after her husband took a job as a senior strategist in the Barack Obama re-election campaign. It was a situation that played into the perception that NPR is staffed by Democratic operatives.
In her new role at NPR, announced today, she'll pursue stories that stem from her "Race Card Project," which began after her book , The Grace of Silence, was published in 2010. She'll also do some guest hosting.
Here's the NPR memo:
NPR HOSTING NEWS: MICHELE NORRIS TAKES ON EXPANDED NEW ROLE FOR NPR
AUDIE CORNISH APPOINTED CO-HOST OF "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED"
RACHEL MARTIN NAMED TO "WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY"
January 3, 2013; Washington, D.C. - NPR News is announcing new appointments for three of its newsmagazine hosts: Michele Norris returns from a leave of absence to take on an expanded new role as a host and special correspondent; Audie Cornish will stay on as co-host of All Things Considered; and Rachel Martin anchors the week as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Norris returns to the air fulltime in February; Cornish and Martin have been serving as interim hosts of their respective programs.
"Taken together, these three represent the journalistic depth and power of NPR News," said Margaret Low Smith, SVP of NPR News. "We're incredibly lucky to have such gifted journalists. Each of them has extraordinary range and the ability to connect with audiences in meaningful ways. I'm looking forward to this next chapter for all three."
As host and special correspondent, Norris will produce in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and regularly guest host NPR News programs. One of her focuses will be "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that Norris began after her 2010 family memoir The Grace of Silence. More than 14,000 people from all over the world have participated, sharing their experiences and thoughts about race in just six words. Norris will develop features around "Race Card" on NPR.org and create related radio segments in addition to producing in-depth profile segments on newsmakers. She will also continue the popular "Backseat Book Club" on All Things Considered, inviting young listeners to read and discuss new books with one another and often the authors. Norris joined NPR in 2002 to host All Things Considered, and during nearly a decade with the show, interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates and American presidents. She has also reported on Katrina survivors, women in combat, race and politics, and the struggles and successes of everyday people. Norris returns to the air fulltime in February after a sabbatical spent developing "The Race Card Project."
Cornish, who has been on assignment with All Things Considered since January 2012, will remain the show's co-host. Together with hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, she will continue to bring a distinctive range of interviews, ideas and interests to the signature afternoon newsmagazine. Cornish has been a host and reporter for NPR since 2006. She became the new voice for Sunday mornings in September 2011 as host of Weekend Edition Sunday; there, she developed new features and segments and a loyal following. Cornish previously reported on Capitol Hill and the 2008 presidential election, and for three years, covered the southern U.S. from a base in Nashville.
In turn, Martin will stay on as the host of Weekend Edition Sunday, where she's been filling in while Cornish has been with All Things Considered. Martin previously covered military and intelligence issues as a National Security Correspondent, drawing on a decade of experience reporting all over the world. She was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning show, The Bryant Park Project, was an NPR international correspondent based in Berlin, and reported on religion for the network. Martin was also a White House correspondent for ABC News. Her keen intellect, editorial range and warm presence make her an ideal companion for Sunday mornings.
The 113th Congress opened today and most of the first day of work was a celebration of power and privilege.
But this was a nice moment...
Sen. Mark Kirk had a stroke 11 months ago at a relatively young age.
For the record, yes, he did vote against the Affordable Care Act.
He says he has a new view on government-provided care.
"Had I been limited to that I would have had no chance to recover like I did. So unlike before suffering the stroke, I'm much more focused on Medicaid and what my fellow citizens face," Kirk told the Sun Times.
Nearly 250,000 people with brain damage are in nursing homes that are ill equipped to care for them. BusinessWeek reported last week the more expensive facilities are not available to many of them because Medicaid won't pay for it.(2 Comments)
Cara, Carolina, Cesil, Cathy, Christa, you're not from Iceland are you?
There is no "c" in the Icelandic alphabet, so none of those names is allowed by the government there, which we learn today requires its people to have names on the list of acceptable Icelandic names.
The Associated Press reports that Blaer Bjarkardottir -- we'll just refer to her as "girl," because that's her legal name -- is fighting the government's refusal to recognize her given name because it's not on the accepted list of 1,853 for females in that country.
This is what anarchy looks like in Iceland.
This time, the panel turned it down on the grounds that the word Blaer takes a masculine article, despite the fact that it was used for a female character in a novel by Iceland's revered Nobel Prize-winning author Halldor Laxness.
Given names are even more significant in tiny Iceland that in many other countries: Everyone is listed in the phone book by their first names. Surnames are based on a parent's given name. Even the president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is addressed simply as Olafur.
Blaer is identified as "Stulka" - or "girl" - on all her official documents, which has led to years of frustration as she has had to explain the whole story at the bank, renewing her passport and dealing with the country's bureaucracy.
Her mother is hoping that will change with her suit, the first time someone has challenged a names committee decision in court.
Waiting for the elusive Minnesota angle? Here it is: Prince is partially inspiring this Icelandic rebellion.
When the artist Birgir Orn Thoroddsen applied to have his name legally changed to Curver, which he had used in one form or another since age 15, he said he knew full well the committee would reject his application.
"I was inspired by Prince who changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and Puff Daddy who changed his to P. Diddy and then Diddy with seemingly little thought or criticism," he said. "I applied to the committee, but of course I got the 'No' that I expected."(0 Comments)
When I see people drive through so much water, I'm never sure whether I want them to make it to dry ground.
Of course, it's a joke. Of course, I want them to make it. But it does provide the opportunity to watch several strategies. There is the "just gun it and get it to the other side even though the carburetor will be drinking H20, but it's OK because I saw them do this on a truck commercial" method (evidenced by the pick-up truck). And there is the "if I go really slow, perhaps the engine won't know it's underwater" technique being employed by the sedan.
(h/t: Darby Laing)
As usual, Twitter did not disappoint when it comes to humor during disaster:
What's the water main break hash tag? #ClusterFlood?— Kristine Vruno Huson (@Vruno) January 3, 2013
.@mayorrtrybak I just replaced the flapper on my toilet so if you need help with the broken water main, let me know.— nelsonm (@nelsonm) January 3, 2013
@mighty_flynn "Perhaps you should purify yourself in the waters of a Minneapolis water main break"— Lady W (@lesabotage) January 3, 2013
Downtown Mpls water main break: No poop in the North Loop -- blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/0...— City Pages (@citypages) January 3, 2013