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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Superintendent Bill GreenMinneapolis superintendent Green is "interim" no more
    Bill Green has been appointed the permanent superintendent of the Minneapolis school district, after serving in that capacity on an interim basis for more than a year.7:20 a.m.
  • Flu shot clinicTwo more people die from flu
    Two more flu-related deaths have been reported in Minnesota -- one a Minneapolis firefighter, and the other a child in Duluth.7:45 a.m.
  • Joseph KalarJoseph Kalar's poems re-emerge from the Depression
    It's safe to say not many of us have ever heard of writer Joseph Kalar. A native of Minnesota's Iron Range, he wrote passionately about the lives of working people. A book of his poetry has just appeared -- more than 30 years after his death.7:48 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Beirut Braces for Competing Protests
    Supporters of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri take to the streets of Beirut on the anniversary of his 2005 assassination. They may encounter opponents who have paralyzed the center of the capital for weeks.
  • Supporters Deny Reports That Sadr Is in Iran
    Reports from Baghdad say radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has left Iraq for Iran. Several of Sadr's aides emphatically reject the reports, though none say exactly where their leader is.
  • Spain Prepares for Madrid Bombing Trial
    A trial is set to begin Thursday in Spain for 29 suspects facing charges stemming from the deadly Madrid train bombings of 2004. Past terrorism trials in Europe have produced mixed results.
  • 'Project X' Marks Chrysler Restructuring Bid
    Chrysler unveils its latest restructuring plan Wednesday. "Project X" is expected to include plant closings and about 10,000 layoffs — all aimed at making Chrysler a smaller and more efficient company.
  • Anglicans Discuss Episcopal Divide in U.S.
    As global leaders of the Anglican Church meet in Tanzania, a key topic of discussion will be the growing divide within the United States. Hundreds of conservative churches have voted to split from the mainstream Episcopal Church.
  • Export of Iran's Revolution Spawns Violence
    Iran's Shiite revolutionaries encountered resistance from the Arab states led by Sunnis, Islam's majority branch, when they tried to export ideology. This resistance spawned unforeseen conflicts throughout the Middle East.
  • Mortgages May Get Tougher for First-Time Buyers
    Some banks are less eager to approve mortgages that allow borrowers to finance the full cost of their home without offering a down payment. The Wall Street Journal says the shift mainly affects people with lower credit ratings.
  • Miami in Full Bloom for Valentine's Day
    Miami is the port of entry for more than 10 million flowers each day in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. Many of the blooms are grown in Colombia and Ecuador. Others are flown in from Europe.
  • Weighing the Pros and Cons of Office Romances
    As long as there have been offices, there have been office romances. But when single employees fall in love on the job, is it good for business? Stanford psychologist Robert Sutton says studies show companies can benefit when employees fall in love, provided they stay together.
  • 'Love Contracts' in the Office
    Some companies are taking precautions when it comes to office romances. One San Francisco lawyer has drafted about 1,000 "love contracts," which ask lovebirds to acknowledge that the relationship is consensual and that both sides have read the company's sexual harassment policy. The idea is to protect the company from liability if an affair ends up in a lawsuit, or generates bad publicity. The Los Angeles Times says love contracts are common in the entertainment industry, usually involving senior executives.

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