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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Early modelHalloween blackout of '57 spurs creation of portable pacemaker
    Fifty years ago a massive Halloween blackout disrupted power across a highly populated section of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For most, the outage was simply inconvenient. But for a few young patients it was life-threatening.7:20 a.m.
  • Dr. Ben PerrymanTop researchers wanted in Sioux Falls
    Sanford Health plans to hire 900 medical researchers in the next decade. The new research facility is just another example of what you can buy with $400 million.7:51 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Enemy Combatant Gets Day in Court
    The case of Ali al-Marri addresses some of the biggest legal issues in the war on terrorism. A federal appeals court in Virginia is set to hear arguments on whether he should be charged or released from military custody. Al-Marri is a legal resident being held as a suspected enemy combatant.
  • Giuliani, Romney Blasting Through Granite State
    Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are campaigning this week in New Hampshire, one of the first states to cast ballots. Giuliani is leading in national polls while Romney is doing well in straw polls.
  • Robert Harris: 'The Ghost' of Tony Blair
    Robert Harris' new novel features a once-popular former British prime minister who becomes fiercely criticized for collaborating with the United States in war. The character's name is Adam Lang, not Tony Blair, but otherwise the similarities are unmistakable.
  • Bill Banning Prejudice Against Gays at Work Stalls
    Democrats want to pass a bill banning discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace. But the legislation is bogged down in the House, where party members are split over whether to include protection for transgender people. Gay rights activists are calling for an all-inclusive bill or none.
  • Ex-Drug Officer Shows Users How to Avoid Arrest
    A former top narcotics officer, credited with more than 800 arrests in eight years, is now selling a DVD that shows marijuana users how to avoid arrest when traveling with a stash. Law enforcement officials are outraged.
  • New 'Tales from the Crypt'
    After more than 50 years, EC Comics' legendary flagship title returns with an all-new Tales from the Crypt, narrated by the original Crypt Keeper, Old Witch and Vault Keeper. The first complete volume, featuring four, 20-page tales in the EC Comics tradition, is out for Halloween.
  • Google to Write Social Networking Programs
    Google plans to gang up with a dozen tech companies in a bid to beat out the new site on the block. It has created a group called OpenSocial to write programs that can run on any social-networking site. They want to create an alternative to Facebook, which has become the gold standard.
  • Merrill Lynch Begins CEO Search
    Investment brokerage firm Merrill Lynch is looking for a new CEO after ousting Stan O'Neal. Speculation is focusing on Laurence Fink, the CEO of Blackrock, which provides global investment management services, and Robert McCann, who heads Merrill's brokerage division.
  • Firms Use Carrot, Stick to Encourage Healthy Habits
    Firms are cracking down on the health of employees. Clarian Health recently revised plans to penalize workers for smoking, high blood pressure, or a body mass index over a certain limit. Monitoring workers' health is a growing trend; it costs more to insure smokers and overweight people.
  • Halloween Goods to Yield $5B Holiday
    The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend a scary $5 billion on Halloween this year on costumes and candy.

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