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Friday, July 24, 2009

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  • Obama Calls Officer Who Arrested Gates
    President Obama acknowledged Friday his comments on the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Junior had partly contributed to the media frenzy over the incident, saying he should have chosen his words more carefully. Obama also said he called the policeman who arrested Gates.
  • Obama's Gates Comments, Health Care Examined
    President Obama on Friday said he should have more carefully chosen his comments about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times both praise Obama's comments. They also discuss the debate over health care.
  • Boston Teacher Pushes English-Language Learners
    Francisco Ruiz, who runs a program for non-English speakers at The English High School in Boston, refuses to give up on his students even though the dropout rate is 50 percent. Ruiz says that's because the students don't feel like they fit in. But he tells them: "You are privileged."
  • For Some Pilots, Home Is An LAX Parking Lot
    Commercial airline pilots have created a city of trailers and RVs in a parking lot along the edges of the nation's third busiest airport. Living there allows them to avoid lofty L.A. rent at a time when pilots' high-flying salaries have sunk to new lows.
  • Miami Proposes Horse Racing At Airport Parking
    Miami's city commissioners want to install slot machines at Miami International Airport to generate revenue, but under a Florida statute they must also install horse racing. Writer and humorist Dave Barry says though it would be great to have racing, it would be nicer to get the airport running first.
  • Single Payer: The Health Care Plan Not On The Table
    Many of the world's industrialized countries have a single-payer health care system, in which government administers all medical care. Support for such a system exists in the U.S.; even President Obama has expressed admiration for it. Yet it is absent from the debate.
  • Bipartisan Health Bill Still Gets No Respect
    Two senators have crafted a health care plan that promises coverage for virtually every American — and it may not add a single penny to the federal deficit. But are they too junior to get attention for their bill?
  • Swimming Body Bans Body Suits
    FINA, international swimming's governing body, has voted to ban the high-tech body suits that ruled the Beijing Olympics. The U.S. has long pushed for the ban. Jim Wood, president of USA swimming, says the suits made swimming unfair.
  • Jeremy Piven, Looking For A Bad Boy's Good Side
    The Entourage star got his start in Chicago, at a well-regarded theater run by his parents. He tells Madeleine Brand that his formative experiences there still inform his work today.
  • Police Groups Call For Obama Apology
    A group of police officers are standing by the sergeant who arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and called on President Obama to apologize for his comments on the arrest. Obama said Wednesday that Cambridge, Mass., police "acted stupidly" during the arrest.

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