McClatchy selling Star Tribune For the second time this year, a Twin Cities daily newspaper is changing hands. This time, the McClatchy Corporation is selling the Star Tribune to a private equity firm called Avista Capital Partners.5:19 p.m.
The top 10 medical stories of 2006 This year has had more than its share of health and medical topics in the news. From E.coli outbreaks to polonium poisoning, high-profile strokes to pandemic predictions, many of the medical stories of the past year have approached near-biblical proportion. MPR's Tom Crann consulted Dr. Jon Hallberg for his pick of the top 10.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
In 2006, Attacks Were Thwarted. But Why?
The week between Christmas and New Year's is a time of high alert for counter-terrorism officials. The fear is that as the number of travelers swells, so do the opportunities for terrorists to strike. But as 2006 draws to a close, security officials can take solace in the fact that the year has not yet brought a single terror attack of note in the West.
Working with the Wounded: Tired, But not Numb
Commentator Ian Black, who is Chief of Anesthesia at the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, says he is tired of seeing wounded Americans and Iraqis. Reflecting on Christmas, Black says that he hopes at the end of the day, it will be the people -- not the injuries -- that he will remember.
Teaching Violence, and Control, to Children
Karate instructor Louise Rafkin describes the way that she teaches children to hit. Childhood is a violent time, Rafkin says, and her students learn how to control their innate violence. As Rafkin talks with two of her young students, one describes the power struggles at his school.
Rebuilding Slows in Tsunami-Stricken Areas
On Dec. 26, 2004, the biggest tsunami in recent memory killed more than 250,000 people around the coast of the Indian Ocean. Two years after the tsunami, people displaced by the disaster are still living intents or makeshift homes. The Red Cross promised to build 50,000 homes; so far, there are only 8,000. Host Robert Siegel speaks with the United Nations' Miloon Kothari.
Tsunami Data Point to Value of Reefs in Warming Era
Scientists who have studied the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami conclude that coral reefs helped to save many people. Recent computer models have confirmed what eyewitnesses reported: Shorelines behind reefs fared much better. That raises both the value of reefs as well as alarm over their rapid disappearance. And with climate change expected to raise sea levels, the data also suggest that reefs might help protect low-lying areas from higher wave surges.
Beyond Charity: Microlending As Good Business
Microlending has been around for 30 years. Until recently, most of the money came from philanthropic interests. But investors are now beginning to view microlending in the developing world as a way to turn a profit while doing good.
Edward Norton on 'The Painted Veil' The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920s about a young English couple and a journey that takes them to one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Edward Norton talks about what drew him to the film.
Deadly Concentration: Finding IEDs at Night
Night after night, U.S. patrols emerge from the sprawling Camp Victory in Baghdad to hunt for things nobody else wants to find: ambush roadside bombs. As Capt. Tim Russell, says, "their whole job is to go out there to find something that could potentially blow them up."
Basra Police Call British-Led Raid 'Illegal'
British and Iraqi forces raided a police station in Basra, Iraq, Monday. The police station was the headquarters of the city's Serious Crimes Unit, but the SCU had a reputation for operating outside of the law, torturing locals and extorting "protection" money from them. Melissa Block talks with the BBC's Huw Williams.
Visiting the 'Second Life' World: Virtual Hype?
Recently, Federal Judge Richard Posner made an appearance in Second Life, the online community with its own economy. Other visitors to Second Life have included Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig and musician Ben Folds. But is Second Life really that big a deal?