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Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God
The guitarist said he didn't "really have all that much technique anyway," but it was clearly enough to influence half a century of jazz musicians. Peers and proteges like Sonny Rollins, Julian Lage and John Scofield reflect on one of the finest ever on his instrument.
Megatons To Megawatts — Russian Warheads Fuel U.S. Power Plants
Once the Cold War ended, much of Russia's surplus uranium from thousands of decommissioned weapons wound up in crumbling military facilities. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Energy made a deal to have the material converted to fuel for U.S. power plants. The last shipment arrives today.
Should Character Count In Sports Awards?
When it comes to awards in theater or television or dance or literature, Frank Deford observes, candidates don't worry about losing out because of a personal flaw. Only sports applies that off-the-field standard.
Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'
Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none are simple.
Venezuelan Hip-Hop Takes On Police Corruption
The song by Venezuelan rappers Apache y Canserbero tackles the rampant police corruption plaguing their country — but with a light touch.
Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound
In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. And with many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.
Amid Cheers For Mandela, A Note Of Discord For President Zuma
Some say South African President Jacob Zuma embodies all that is wrong in the nation. He achieved the presidency after charges of corruption were dropped, and he was acquitted of rape charges. More recently there have been calls for his impeachment over a $20 million security upgrade at his rural home. At Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday, the theme was forgiveness, but Zuma was booed.
What's At Stake For States That Reject Medicaid Expansion
The Affordable Care Act has produced a surge in the number of people signing up for Medicaid. The ACA offers billions of federal dollars to states to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor. But only 25 states have accepted the federal government's offer, and those that haven't could face economic and budget losses.
Police Move In As Protests Continue In Kiev
The ongoing anti-government protests in Kiev, Ukraine, seem to be cresting toward new confrontations between police and demonstrators as the numbers of both are increasing.
Does Obama-Castro Handshake Signify Shifting Relations?
Shortly before eulogizing Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday, President Obama shook hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro and set off much discussion about a possible shift in U.S.-Cuba relations. David Greene talks to Dan Restrepo, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former adviser to Obama on Latin America.