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Friday, June 21, 2013

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  • NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies
    Revelations that Google, Microsoft and other tech companies have been providing user data to the National Security Agency may have tainted those companies' reputations for independence. Those companies share information with the government, often voluntarily. In the process, many have earned the status of "trusted partners."
  • Week In Politics: Immigration And The Economy
    Robert Siegel talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss immigration and the economy.
  • Prosecution Can't Use Race As A Factor In Zimmerman Case
    The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman — who has been charged with killing Trayvon Martin — says the prosecution can use several terms the defense wanted to exclude. In talking about Zimmerman, prosecutors may use the terms "profiled," "vigilante," "wannabe cop" and that he "confronted Trayvon Martin." Opening statements begin Monday, but the court still has to rule on some key testimony: Which, if any, audio experts will be allowed to testify about who is heard calling for help on a 911 tape.
  • At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On
    Brooklyn's annual Mermaid Parade draws thousands of wacky, colorfully costumed revelers. The 2013 event was almost canceled after the parade's nonprofit sustained severe damage during Superstorm Sandy. But after a successful fundraising campaign, Coney Island's signature event has its sea legs back.
  • Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus
    The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."
  • Shortening Lines At Polling Stations A Challenging Task
    The president's commission to address long lines at the polls and other voting problems will held its first meeting in Washington, D.C., on Friday. It will have six months to come up with recommendations on how to fix the problems.
  • Va. Gubernatorial Race Could Preview Congressional Midterms
    Republicans and Democrats are looking at this year's race for governor in Virginia as a possible harbinger of the 2014 election. The contest pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democratic Party fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Both candidates are strongly supported by their respective bases, but sport strong negatives among moderate voters. The outcome could come down to turnout.
  • Taliban May Free U.S. POW In Exchange For Senior Operatives
    Melissa Block speaks with Jessica Robinson, reporter with the Northwest News Network, about the latest involving U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan and has been held for nearly four years now.
  • The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?
    The kendama is a traditional wooden toy, but its appeal is spreading rapidly.
  • Movie Reviews: 'Monsters University' And 'World War Z'
    Bob Mondello reviews a creature double feature — Monsters University and World War Z.

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