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St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:36:00 +0000

If all goes well, people on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands could have power restored next week for the first time since a pair of devastating Category 5 hurricanes struck in September, the local electric utility says. "Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," says Jean P. Greaux, Jr., communications director for Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. As they repair electrical transmission and distribution lines in St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, officials say they hope to restore power to 90 percent of the Virgin Islands territory by Christmas. That's from the most recent update about the recovery effort in the Virgin Islands, home to more than 106,000 Americans in the most recent census. Much like in Puerto Rico — where more than 80 percent of customers still lack power — the Virgin Islands are enduring threats of shortages and uncertainty, weeks after massive hurricanes roared through the Caribbean. One month after Hurricane Maria hit

How Steve Bannon's Time In Hollywood Changed Him

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:29:00 +0000

If there's one constant throughout Steve Bannon's career, it's his ability to reinvent himself. His resume includes time in the U.S. Navy plus jobs working with Goldman Sachs; Biosphere 2; a Florida maker of nasal sprays; and a Hong Kong company that employed real people to earn virtual gold in the online video game World Of Warcraft. In August, Bannon returned to run Breitbart News after leaving his job as President Trump's chief strategist, and he is encouraging primary challenges against establishment-leaning Republicans around the country, including some vulnerable GOP incumbents in Senate seats the party needs to hold onto in 2018. "Right now, it's a season of war against the GOP establishment," Bannon said at the recent Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of Christian conservatives in Washington, D.C. But this effort is just the latest chapter in Bannon's ever-changing career, which raises the question: How long has Bannon held his well-known populist and nationalist beliefs

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:07:00 +0000

There was a lot of confusion — perhaps even more than usual — about the state of health care this week. After President Trump signed an executive order and said hed eliminate Affordable Care Act cost-sharing payments that help low-income recipients pay out-of-pocket expenses, the subsidies seemed to be temporarily reinstated. But then … confusion . In this edition of the News Roundup, well also ask what the president said, or didnt say , to the widow of a veteran killed in Niger. And why did he take so long to reach out to the families of the fallen? Plus another block for Trumps travel ban and a review of the presidents meeting with Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico . GUESTS Charlie Sykes , Conservative commentator; author of How the Right Lost Its Mind; @SykesCharlie Ruth Marcus , Deputy editorial page editor and columnist, The Washington Post; @RuthMarcus Greg Ip , Chief economics commentator, The Wall Street Journal; author of Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:07:00 +0000

Stories of fights against militants dominated international news this week: In a significant blow to ISIS, U.S.-backed forces say theyve retaken the northern Syrian city — and de facto ISIS capital — of Raqqa. But its not yet time to declare victory, reports the Los Angeles Times Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon that Raqqa is about 90 percent freed, but more fighting will be required to fully liberate the city. In Somalia, nearly 300 people were killed in a truck bombing in Mogadishu. And the U.S. continues looking for answers as it investigates the deadly ambush in Niger earlier this month. In other headlines, the Spanish government is cracking down on Catalonian autonomy in response to pushes for independence. And a journalist who covered corruption in Malta was killed in a car bombing attack. Well look into these stories with a panel of international journalists on this weeks International News

WATCH: Paul Ryan Roasts Trump At Charity Dinner

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:51:00 +0000 House Speaker Paul Ryan is careful not to criticize President Trump publicly, but on Thursday night he found the right forum to do it. The annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner gives politicians a chance to crack jokes about themselves, their opponents, the media and the political system. Ryan was the keynote speaker and took several lighthearted jabs at President Trump. "Enough with the applause, alright? You sound like the cabinet when Donald Trump walks in the room," Ryan said to open his remarks. "Just might as well get off to it, right?" During the white-tie fundraiser to support Catholic charities, Ryan poked fun at Trump's use of twitter and White House staff turnover. "Every morning I wake up in my office and I scroll Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend that I did not see later on," Ryan said, alluding to Trump's frequent early-morning tweetstorms (and the fact that Ryan doesn't have a residence in D.C.

Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:28:00 +0000

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'Killing of a Sacred Deer' Is A Twisted Indictment Of White Male Privilege

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:23:00 +0000

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Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:22:00 +0000

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To Reduce Risk Of Recurring Bladder Infection, Try Drinking More Water

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:20:00 +0000

Urinary tract infections cause painful urination and are unfortunately widespread. Scientists estimate that somewhere between 40 percent to more than 50 percent of women will get a UTI in their lifetime, and one in four will get a repeat infection. Left untreated, they can lead to kidney problems. Cranberry juice is a common at-home preventative measure, but the science behind relying on the bitter fruit is pretty mixed. Some research has shown evidence that compounds in cranberries could help prevent bacteria from infecting the urinary tract lining, but other studies concluded that the juice didn't help people with recurring bladder infections. But, there may be a simple, old, and drug-free way to reduce these infections: Drink more water — a lot more water. A study presented at IDWeek earlier this month in San Diego, an annual meeting of infectious disease professionals, suggests that drinking more water is pretty effective at reducing bladder infections in women who are prone to

Top Stories: Police Body Cam Study Shows No Effects; Senate Budget Plan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:09:00 +0000

Good morning, here are our early stories: -- Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints. -- Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul. -- CIA Backs Off Director's Claim That Russian Meddling Didn't Swing Election. And here are more early headlines: Rep. Wilson (D-Fl.) Fires Back At Kelly Criticism. ( CNN ) Losses From California Fires Estimated At $1 Billion. ( Fortune ) 2 Afghan Mosques Attacked, Many Killed. ( Al-Jazeera ) Spain Set To Take Back Catalonia's Regional Powers. ( AP ) Japan Checks Kobe Steel's Copper Plant For Problems. ( Reuters ) Supporters Clap Electronically For China's President. ( CNBC ) Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

WLRN #FridayReads: Are We Scared Yet?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:55:28 +0000

As we near Halloween, witches, ghosts and zombies are escaping from our screens and appearing all around us — on store shelves and at costume parties. But the other place scary stuff lives year-round is on the page. We asked some experts about their favorite scary reads. Tananarive Due, author of Ghost Summer and The Living Blood I write, read and watch a lot of horror, so I don't scare easily. But as I was planning the Black Horror course I currently teach at UCLA (Jordan Peele recently surprised my class with a master class on his film Get Out!), someone recommended that I read a novelette called The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson. I was mesmerized, literally jumping at shadows as I read it at dusk in my backyard. This story epitomizes the thematic elements that run through much black horror: making sense of racism and racialized violence, even if redemption isn't always possible. The story has haunted me weeks later. Luis Hernandez, WLRN afternoon anchor and host of Sundial

California Fires Spare Most Vineyards, But Marijuana Crops Go Up In Smoke

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:46:04 +0000

In Northern California, two intoxicants are king — wine and weed. Both products drive the $3.2 billion-a-year tourism industry in Napa and Sonoma counties. But as wildfires continue to rage through the region this week, marijuana growers and winemakers are struggling to keep their crops safe. At least 42 people have died in the fires, and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed since the flames first ignited Oct. 8. Firefighters have begun to contain some fires that forced the evacuation of nearly 100,00 people. The Napa Valley Vintners Association says 47 out of 330 member wineries reported direct damage and only a handful suffered significant property loss. There are more than 900 vintners across the Napa Valley. But the situation is more dire for the area's fledgling marijuana industry. At least 30 farms had significant crop losses, says Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, a statewide trade group for the legal marijuana industry. As

The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:44:55 +0000

Maggie Marquez and Jessi Silva grew up in the desert town of Marfa, Texas, in the 1950s, when schools were segregated. Latino children were sent to Blackwell Elementary School, and for many of them, Spanish was their first language. Maggie, 73, and Jessi, 69, were students there, and at StoryCorps, they remember the day their school banned students from speaking Spanish — in a ceremony called the "burial of Mr. Spanish." "I walked into the room and the teacher, she said for us to get a piece of paper and write down, 'I will not speak Spanish in school.' So I wrote down on a piece of paper, fold it up, and gave it to her," Maggie says. "All the teachers, they had a little cigar box, and put the kids' little papers in there. And we all marched out to where the flagpole was." The whole school was there, Jessi says, and a hole had been dug. The box went in the hole and was covered up with dirt. "We had gone to family funerals before, so we understood that there was a funeral going on, but

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:44:43 +0000

At some point or another, we've all cringed at the videos: lame cows struggling to stand; egg-laying hens squeezed into small, stacked cages; hogs confined to gestation crates, unable to walk or turn. Over the past decade, animal advocates have made great strides informing us of some of the problems with how many of our favorite proteins are raised. They've also made progress bringing change to the industry by pressuring large-scale retailers — from Target to McDonald's — to commit to sourcing livestock raised with higher welfare standards. But one important protein source has been missing almost entirely from the conversation: seafood. Mercy for Animals , a U.S.-based animal welfare group, says that's about to change. The group says it is beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign that will target the aquaculture industry and shine a light on the conditions in which finfish like salmon, tilapia, catfish, trout, pangasius and other species are raised. "More and more fish are being

Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:44:12 +0000

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, almost 80 percent of the territory is still without power. While nobody expected a quick restoration of Puerto Rico's badly outdated power grid , officials have estimated that it could take at least six months . Puerto Rico's slow restoration is in stark contrast to Florida after Hurricane Irma hit. Within 24 hours, 20 percent of the power that had been knocked out by Hurricane Irma in Florida had been restored. Nearly half had been restored a day later, and it only took a week before more than 95 percent of Floridians had their lights back on. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Irma, too. It wasn't a direct hit, but two-thirds of the territory lost power. And like Florida, more than 95 percent of Puerto Ricans had power a week later. But unlike Florida, Puerto Rico was hit again shortly thereafter. And unlike Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria swept directly through Puerto Rico, this time knocking out power across the entire

Deputies: Explosive Devices Found During Child Porn Raid

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:43:42 +0000

Authorities say they found three explosive devices and other weapons during a child porn raid at a Florida home.

Students School Parents On Civility In Confederate Monument Discussion

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:19:22 +0000

As Jacksonville residents grapple with whether to remove the city’s Confederate monuments a group of area high school students are offering a more conciliatory alternative to the normally fractious debate among adults. Listen to the story airing on 89.9 WJCT-FM

Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:04:00 +0000

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital. That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts. "We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras," says Anita Ravishankar , a researcher with the Metropolitan Police Department and a group in the city government called the Lab @ DC . "I think we're surprised by the result. I think a lot of people were suggesting that the body-worn cameras would change behavior," says Chief of Police Peter Newsham . "There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all." Perhaps, he says, that is because his officers "were doing the right thing in the first place." In the wake of high-profile

'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Barry Blitt drew his first New Yorker cover back in 1992. Ever since, he has been skewering politicians of all stripes. In 2008, he drew Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office, and in 2016, he drew Donald Trump in a tiara and a women's bathing suit . "I have a sketchbook open and I'm just trying to make myself laugh," Blitt says. His new book, simply titled Blitt , features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work. Interview Highlights On "Fistbump: The Politics of Fear," his 2008 New Yorker cover of the Obamas We all remember the campaign of 2008. When Obama was running for president, there was a lot of stuff being said about him and Michelle. It was whispered and insinuated ... that he was a terrorist, that Michelle was some kind of Black Panther or something. There [were] rumors of a video of her saying, "Kill whitey." I mean, I just scribbled in a sketchbook all of it in one picture, and I threw in a burning American flag and a portrait of Osama

Bipartisan Plan To Curb Health Premiums Gets Strong Support

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:29:00 +0000

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing.