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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Medical procedureReport: Medical errors linked to 12 deaths in 12 months in Minnesota
    The most common mistakes included finishing surgeries without removing all surgical tools, operating on the wrong body part and letting serious complications develop from bed sores.5:19 p.m.
  • Too many teams?
    Minneapolis and St. Paul have more pro sports teams than they can handle, according to a new study from, which calls the Twin Cities "over-extended" in its ability to support its professional teams. All Things Considered host Tom Crann talked with G. Scott Thomas, who conducted the analysis.5:48 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rice Faces Senate Questions on Middle East
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies Wednesday before a Senate panel and is grilled by Democrats and Republicans about policies in Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories. The annual briefing informs Congress on State Department priorities and budget.
  • Lawmakers Rip Web Firms for Cooperation in China
    Executives from four U.S. Internet companies get a chilly reception Wednesday on Capitol Hill as members of Congress accuse them of helping China oppress internal dissent. But the companies say their operations in China would foster freedom there, not squelch it.
  • Searching the Web Behind the Great Firewall of China
    As well-known tech firms face criticism from Congress, Robert Siegel and China correspondent Anthony Kuhn in Beijing compare results from search engines in the United States and China. A search using Google, Google China and Yahoo shows how different the Web search experience is for a user in China.
  • L.A. Officials Hope Transfer of Inmates Will Stop Riots
    Race riots in Los Angeles County jails have left two inmates dead, and authorities can't stop the riots or keep gang leaders from communicating with jailed followers. Authorities hope to end the violence by transferring inmates from riot-heavy jails to an underutilized jail in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Storyteller Exposes the Truth Behind the Story
    Commentator Bill Harley, a songwriter and storyteller who lives in Seekonk, Mass., tells a story about telling the truth when telling a story. Harley's latest recording is Blah, Blah, Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates and Dogs.
  • Tougher Anti-Terrorism Law Passes in Britain
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair wins a key vote Wednesday to bolster anti-terrorism laws in Britain. The bill was presented to Parliament after the July 7 bomb attacks in London. Despite fierce criticism, the law passes by 38 votes, making "glorification" of terrorism a criminal offense.
  • Prospective Jurors Questioned in Moussaoui Case
    Defense and prosecution lawyers Wednesday began questioning prospective jurors in the Zaccarias Moussaoui sentencing phase in federal court in Alexandria, Va. The trial will decide whether Moussaoui will be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.
  • A Push to Finish the Road to Nowhere
    In 1943, the government promised to build a highway through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- in part to provide access to some old cemeteries there. But the highway was never finished, and there's disagreement about whether it should be now.
  • Austrian Wins Gold in Women's Downhill Skiing
    Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria wins the women's downhill Wednesday at the Winter Olympics, adding a gold medal to her distinguished career. U.S. skier Lindsey Kildow comes in eighth, a notable finish after the violent spill she took during a training run earlier in the week.
  • Bull Terrier Takes Best in Show at Westminster
    A bull terrier named Rocky Top's Sundance Kid (aka "Rufus") takes top prize Tuesday night at the Westminster Dog Show in New York. David Frei, director of communications at the Westminster Kennel Club, and Kathy Kirk, Rufus' handler, talk to Robert Siegel about this year's Super Bowl of dog shows.

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