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White House Seeks To Tamp Schools Speech Furor
The administration has released the text of a speech that President Obama will deliver Tuesday to the nation's schoolchildren. The move was meant to reassure parents and conservatives who may view the address as a political intrusion into the school day.
KitchenAid Mixers Still Proudly American
While the economy continues to shed jobs, one iconic American appliance is still being manufactured in Greenville, Ohio: the KitchenAid stand mixer. The factory employs about 700 people who run three shifts to create the tool of the trade of cooking. At $200 and up, it's an investment in both money and counter space.
Seattle Program Claims To Treat Internet Addiction
A program in suburban Seattle is treating what it calls Internet addiction. Some psychologists are skeptical the Internet can be addictive, but the program is treating its first client, a 19-year-old college student who missed classes and spent all day playing "World of Warcraft."
Wild Things, Sweet Nothings And A Pair Of Nines
The summer blockbuster season is wrapping up, which means it's time for a cooler (and cooler-headed) stretch of quieter films. Autumn will bring relationship dramas, musicals, swooning romances and — OK, fine — a couple of films about the end of the world. Bob Mondello has a preview.
Recordings Offer Acoustic Novels Of American Families
Phil Nohl has collected home recordings since 1999 and now has about 4,000 records. He's made a visceral connection with the families behind the recordings, who loved singing and playing instruments for the sheer joy of making music.
Obama Urges Labor Help On Health Care
President Obama appealed to labor unions on Labor Day to help him win the health care fight in Congress. The comments came in Cincinnati where the president was speaking to a gathering of the AFL-CIO.
Many Low-Wage Workers Denied Pay
A new report on low-wage workers found that more than two-thirds were paid less than what they were legally owed for the work they did. The report, from the National Employment Law Project, is based on a survey of more than 4,000 workers in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Human Rights Under Spotlight In Sri Lanka
Human rights violations continue in Sri Lanka despite the end of the war: 250,000 Tamils are still incarcerated. In the last week, a journalist has been jailed for 20 years of hard labor, a U.N. official has been expelled for criticizing the government, and a dispute has broken out over TV footage broadcast on television that purports to show a Sri Lankan soldier executing Tamils.
News In Tech Reviewed
Omar Gallaga, who covers technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman, says China is combating its own cases of Internet addiction. He also discusses plans by some airlines to offer free WiFi service and previews Beatles Rock Band.
Detroit's Wealthier Suburbs Feel Economic Pain
As the city of Detroit struggles through recession, the collapse of its auto industry and a loss of population, its wealthier suburbs are also hurting. Historically, Detroit and its suburbs have been divided around issues of race and class, but these days, hard times are prompting renewed talk of regional cooperation.