Environment
4:23 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water

Chinese beachgoers walk by an algae-covered public beach in Qingdao, China, in July. The seas off China have been hit by their largest-ever growth of algae, ocean officials say, with waves of green growth washing onto the shores.
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Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 4:49 pm

Algae blooms are green or red or brown, slimy, smelly and you don't want it coming soon to a waterfront near you.

Most of us don't give a lot of thought to algae until the furry-like monstrosity is spreading over beaches, rivers, lakes and bays, but gigantic algae blooms have become an increasing problem around the world.

The danger algae blooms pose is that they sap the body of water where they are growing of nutrients and oxygen; they then die, decompose and rot.

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Media
10:01 am
Sun August 11, 2013

The Tricky Business Of Predicting Where Media Will Go Next

On Monday, the Washington Post Co. announced the sale of its newspaper to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a move that comes as the paper struggles to keep up revenue.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 12:26 pm

What's next for The Washington Post? With a new owner, the paper is stepping into a new era. Its path may lead to the ever-evolving future of journalism.

"There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy," said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with the announcement of his purchase Monday. "We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment."

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Israel OKs New Settlement Construction In West Bank

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat speaks to the media with Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on July 30.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 7:20 am

Israel's housing minister has given the green light to build 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, complicating newly revived peace talks with the Palestinians.

The decision comes as the two sides prepare for a second round of talks in Jerusalem after a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 31 — the first in five years.

The Associated Press writes:

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Sand Creek Massacre Of 1864
8:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Descendants of Sand Creek Massacre Determined To Get Justice

Sand Creek Battle Ground Monument
Credit jb1Ookie / Flickr.com

The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 is one of the darkest hours in the history between the US Government and Native American Tribes. To add insult to injury, certain reparations were promised in the Treaty of Little Arkansas, but never happened. So the descendants are taking their grievances to court.

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World Views
6:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Diplomat Yoder On The Challenges And Rewards Of Working In The U.S. Foreign Service

The Harry S. Truman Building in Washington D.C. Headquarters of the U.S. Department of State
Credit Loren / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Michael Yoder.

Last week U.S. embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa closed in response to an intercepted message among senior al-Qaeda operatives.

This threat highlights the important, and precarious, position of U.S. diplomatic missions overseas.

Veteran diplomat Michael Yoder has spent more than 20 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. During this time, he has served in eight countries including Mexico, Poland, India, and Uzbekistan.

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It's All Politics
6:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama's Challenge: Answer Snowden Without Seeming To

President Obama sought to address concerns over NSA surveillance measures at a White House news conference on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without in any way legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.

The best course, the president decided, was to acknowledge that Snowden's revelations to some degree forced his administration to accelerate and expand a review of the federal government's surveillance activities.

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Narconon Arrowhead Facility
5:56 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Medical Detox Center No Longer Certified

Narconon Arrowhead facility
Credit Colin Henderson / Flickr.com

Oklahoma officials say a medical detox center in Pittsburg County has lost temporary state certification to conduct medical detox services.

Jeffrey Desmukes is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. He said Friday that the Narconon Arrowhead facility in McAlester had not met the requirements to obtain a full certification to conduct medical detox services. Desmukes says temporary certification expired at the end of June.

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Septemberfest
4:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Governor And Husband To Host Septemberfest

Past Septemberfest
Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr.com

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and husband Wade Christensen will host the 17th annual Septemberfest on Sept. 7 at the Governor's Mansion and Oklahoma History Center.

Septemberfest is a free family event that features a variety of attractions.This year's celebration will include historic re-enactments, a chalk artist, pony rides, crafts, inflatables, carriage rides and steer roping. Also featured will be an outdoor music stage, American Indian dancers, chuck wagon cooking and a rock-climbing wall.

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Tulsa
11:12 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Council Split, No Vote On Rename Of Tulsa Street Linked To KKK

A Brady St. mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Tulsa's City Council has postponed a vote on whether to rename a popular downtown street celebrating a town founder with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a race riot.

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to changeBrady Street, the council reached a 4-4 tie based on their debate but never took a formal vote.

Councilors decided to delay voting until next week because a ninth councilman, who could break the tie, was out of town.

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Music News
10:44 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

Kongar-Ol Ondar at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Genghis Blues was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
Scott Nelson Getty Images.

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:57 am

The technique known as throat singing is an ancient style still practiced in Tuva, a small republic between Siberia and Mongolia's Gobi desert. Traditionally, it was practiced by herders.

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