The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

Australia's giant Parkes radio telescope detected a "fast radio burst," or FRB, last May. Researchers call FRBs, whose origins haven't been explained, "tantalizing mysteries of the radio sky."

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:52 am

On a graph, they look like detonations. Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs: mysterious and strong pulses of radio waves that seemingly emanate far from the Milky Way.

The bursts are rare; they normally last for only about 1 millisecond. In a first, researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

NPR's Joe Palca reports:

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1:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Classroom Reflections On America's Race Relations

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marches with other civil rights protesters during the 1963 March on Washington.

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

In Peter Maginot's sixth-grade class, the teacher is white, but all of his students are black. They're young and they're honestly concerned that what happened to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner could happen to them.

"Who can tell me the facts that we know about Mike Brown?" Maginot asks the class at Shabazz Public School Academy, an afro-centric school in Lansing, Mich.

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

NFL Investigates Reports Of Deflated Balls After Patriots Rout Colts

Questions over out-of-regulation footballs have come up after the New England Patriots won the AFC Championship Game Sunday. Running back LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
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Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:38 am

Did the New England Patriots tamper with the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game? The NFL is asking that question, after the host Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, in rainy conditions Sunday.

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7:29 am
Mon January 19, 2015

What Does Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

Elspeth Ventresca, center, and the rest of Carolyn Barnhardt's prekindergarten class at John Eaton Elementary School wear the crowns they made to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 11:07 am

It's morning meeting time. "When Dr. King was little, he learned a golden rule," sings a class of 4- and 5-year-olds with their teacher, Carolyn Barnhardt.

John Eaton Elementary School, a public school in Washington, D.C., is unusual. It sits in one of the District's wealthiest neighborhoods, but the majority of students hail from different parts of the city, making it one of the most racially and economically diverse elementary schools in the nation's capital.

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Oklahoma News
5:47 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Multiple Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit Ron Cogswell / Flickr Creative Commons

A variety of public events are scheduled for today’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oklahoma City. Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition, the theme is “Honor, Celebrate, Work” and this will be the cities 32nd annual event.

The traditional Silent March begins gathering at 9:00 a.m. at Freedom Center 2500 N. Martin Luther King Drive with an invocation by the Rev. Anthony Walker of St John CME Church and march Instructions from Roosevelt Milton, President Emeritus of the OKC Branch of the NAACP.

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Code Switch
3:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

Suzan Shown Harjo points to a signature on Treaty K at the National Archives. The document will be on display in 2016 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for an exhibit on treaties curated by Harjo.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 4:33 pm

For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.

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Oklahoma News
11:10 am
Sun January 18, 2015

More Than 3,200 Same-Sex Couples Marry In Oklahoma

Mary Bishop holding her marriage license.
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The head of a gay advocacy group says more than 3,200 marriage licenses have been issued since they became available to same-sex couples in Oklahoma.

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, says marriage licenses have been issued in 23 of Oklahoma's 77 counties since Oct. 6.

That's when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider an Oklahoma's judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage.

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7:39 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Teacher Evaluation System Could Be Delayed Again

Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education.
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The controversial Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system may be this year’s Common Core in the legislative session, some education advocates say.

Jenni White, president of the parent-led grassroots organization Restore Public Oklahoma Education, said Wednesday morning her group will come back strong this year. ROPE was the driving force behind the state’s repeal of Common Core standards last legislative session.

On their agenda: TLE delay or removal, strengthening student privacy laws and expanding school choice options in Oklahoma.

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6:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry To Cut Jobs

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr Creative Commons

Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Tulsa World reports that Apache Corp., Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

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6:14 am
Sun January 18, 2015

New Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Fires Three Administrators

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
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Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three key members of her predecessor's staff during her first week in the office.

The Oklahoman reports Hofmeister declined comment on the terminations of Education Department employees Joel Robison, Richard Caram and Marsha Thompson.

Caram and Thompson, three-year employees of the department, confirmed they were fired Friday. Robison, the former chief of staff, told The Associated Press Saturday he was also fired.

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