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Friday, May 2, 2008

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  • Dalai Lama Envoys in China for Talks
    Two representatives of the Dalai Lama arrive in Hong Kong on Friday for the latest round of talks with Chinese officials. Robert Barnett, director of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, talks with Melissa Block about what progress is expected out of the discussions.
  • Olympic Torch Gets Patriotic Reception in Hong Kong
    The Olympic torch is paraded without disruption through the streets of Hong Kong on Friday. This is the first time the torch has reached Chinese soil. It was greeted by crowds of flag-waving residents, shouting insults at pro-Tibet and human rights protesters. Some of them were forced to seek refuge in police vans.
  • Britain's Labor Party Hammered in Local Elections
    Britain's ruling Labor Party takes a drubbing in Friday's local election — suffering its worst electoral defeat in 40 years. It's the first test of voter sentiment since Gordon Brown took over 10 Downing Street from Tony Blair last June. Predictions give the Conservatives 44 percent of the vote to 24 percent for Labor, which is one point below Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats.
  • Racetrack Attendance Plummeting
    More that 150,000 people are expected to pack the grandstands Saturday to watch this year's Kentucky Derby. But while all those people make it one of sports' best-attended events, overall attendance at horse racetracks has plummeted. Sports commentator Stefan Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel about the state of horse racing.
  • Kentucky Derby Chefs Race to Finish
    Feeding the tens of thousands of spectators at the annual "Run for the Roses" is never easy. In fact, the chefs spend a year planning what to cook and making sure it all gets done on time. Joe Corcoran of member station WKYU reports on how it all gets completed.
  • Opposition Slams Calls for Runoff in Zimbabwe
    Zimbabwe's opposition leader garnered the most votes in presidential voting five weeks ago. But in announcing the results Friday, Zimbabwe's election officials said Morgan Tsvangirai still didn't win enough to avoid a runoff election. The opposition claims that government attempts to force a runoff are nothing short of criminal.
  • La. Holds Special Election to Replace Republican
    The retirement of veteran Republican Richard H. Baker has forced a special election that will be held Saturday. And it's been a nasty campaign: Democratic Don Cazayoux has been attacked as a tax-happy liberal who's soft on illegal immigrants, while the Republican, Woody Jenkins, has been painted as a tax cheat with ties to former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.
  • Superdelegate Seeks Voting Advice on YouTube
    Lauren Wolfe, the president of College Democrats of America, posted a video on YouTube asking people what they think about the presidential campaign. Wolfe, who is also a superdelegate, tells Melissa Block she's getting a ton of feedback that will help her represent young people when she decides how to vote.
  • 'Son of Rambow': An Unlikely Action Hero
    A British boys-school hellion and his shy, sheltered patsy make a homegrown sequel to Rambo: First Blood. Garth Jennings' film is cheerfully ramshackle, childishly overstated, and pretty darn appealing.
  • Man Man Captures Live 'Habits'
    Philadelphia's Man Man has earned a reputation for wearing face paint and dressing all in white during its explosive and energetic live shows. The band attempts to emulate that approach on the new Rabbit Habits.

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