Sushi Science: Fear, Not Radiation, Seen As Risk
Concerns about radiation contamination have caused prices for fish and seaweed to fall sharply in Japan. How founded are these fears? One Japanese expert on marine radioecology says he's still eating fish.
WWE Wrestles Its Way Into Indie Film Industry
World Wrestling Entertainment is well known for featuring large men in small shorts theatrically walloping one another. But WWE also runs an independent film studio starring the likes of Danny Glover, Ed Harris and Patricia Clarkson in small, serious films.
Foreign Investors Uneasy Amid Bahrain Violence
The nation's Sunni royal family, with tacit U.S. backing, has cracked down on largely Shiite protesters demanding political and economic reforms. But even as the kingdom moves swiftly to protect its status as a stable banking and financial hub for the Middle East, some analysts are wondering if foreign investors are already looking for another place to send their money.
Blowout Preventer Theory Debated In Oil Spill Inquiry
An expert testified that when something goes wrong with a well, the fail-safe device's shears are supposed to clamp down, cut and seal the drill pipe, preventing the oil from escaping. But in the case of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, it didn't work quite right.
In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood's Youth Seek Voice
Members of Egypt's largest Islamist group were repressed and jailed during President Hosni Mubark's regime. The movement now has the freedom to organize a legal political party. But a youth wing is challenging the leadership, saying it has to adapt to the times.
Florida Court System Faces Funding Crisis
While Florida wrestles with a $3.8 billion budget shortfall, the state courts are facing an immediate funding crisis. The courts are largely funded by filing fees, especially foreclosure filings — which have slowed to a trickle because of extra scrutiny by lenders worried about allegations of falsified documents. The state Supreme Court chief justice has said he needs $72 million to avoid furloughs and serious delays in litigation. Gov. Rick Scott made some emergency funds available but says he wants to study the issue.
Colorado School District Cuts Bus Service
Budget cuts are hitting home in Colorado. The Adams 12 school district in the suburbs of Denver chose to cut its bus service rather than increase class size last year. Now some middle-schoolers have to walk up to two miles.
Federal Effort Targets Sexual Assaults At Colleges
Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to the University of New Hampshire to announce new Department of Education guidance on fighting sexual assault on college campuses. A federal study says one in five women will be assaulted while in college. Adding to the trauma, colleges often support the attacker, not the victim.