11:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints

A massive cruise ships towers over Venice. Some 650 cruise ships now visit the Italian city annually, and critics say they threaten the city's fragile architecture.
Courtesty of the No Big Ships Committee

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:13 pm

The fragile architectural treasures of Venice are endangered by rising sea levels, and a growing number of critics now say the city and its canals are at risk from massive cruise ships as big as floating skyscrapers.

On an average day, tens of thousands of passengers lean over the railings of cruise ships that can be 300 yards long and 15 stories high. The tourists peer down at the majestic Doge's Palace as they sail into St. Mark's basin and down the Giudecca canal.

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Shots - Health News
11:28 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Kids Watch TV As Parents Do, Not As They Say

You think it's fun, and they do, too.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:28 pm

Parents who think their children don't pay attention can take heart. They're doing their best to emulate your bad TV-watching habits.

Parents have been told repeatedly that setting rules and banning TVs in children's bedrooms will help limit TV time. But those much-researched and oft-touted methods don't seem to matter at all, according to a survey.

The only thing that really mattered was parental screen time. The more parents watched, the more their children watched.

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Mon July 15, 2013

55 Customers Pay For Next Car's Order At Mass. Doughnut Shop

Daniel Kalker DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:17 pm

(Think of this as a coffee break from the day's serious stories.)

The standard may have been set back in December when 228 drive-through customers at a Tim Horton's in Winnipeg paid for the order of the folks in the next vehicle.

It was sort of a case of "pay it forward" by paying it backward.

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Government & Politics
11:07 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many California Homeowners

file photo
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

California homeowners who saw their property taxes plunge along with their homes’ market values during the recession could get some sticker shock when their next tax bill arrives.  As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the bad news for homeowners is good news for state and local budgets.

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The Salt
11:02 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Burger King Veggie Burger

You've got your work cut out for you here, mayonnaise.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:24 pm

Burger King has made great reforms in the past few years, in case you haven't noticed. First, the election of its first Burger Prime Minister freed its citizens from the absolute monarchy that had ruled the restaurant for decades. Second, it created a veggie burger.

Eva: I wonder where they got the vegetarian pink slime.

Miles: I do have to hand it to Burger King, its food-shame substitute feels almost exactly like the real thing.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Fighting Words From Minnesota Rapper Dessa

Dessa's latest album is "Parts of Speech." (Doomtree)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:48 pm

Stephen Thompson, NPR Music writer and editor, brings us a new single from Minnesota rapper Dessa.

“Fighting Fish,” from her new album Parts of Speech, includes lyrics about Greek philosophy and emotional turmoil.

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The Salt
10:52 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

A shandy in the summertime
Holly Clark Photo courtesy of Holly Clark Photography

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:34 pm

A beer cocktail quaffed around the world for centuries is quickly becoming America's "it" drink of the summer: shandy.

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NPR Story
10:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How TV Shows Cope With An Actor's Death

Cory Monteith at the Los Angeles premiere of "Glee" on May 11, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. (Todd Williamson/Invision via AP)

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 2:02 pm

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old actor most famous for playing the high school jock turned glee club singer on the Fox show “Glee,” was found dead on Saturday night in his Vancouver hotel room.

The cause of death has not yet been made public. Monteith had struggled in the past with substance abuse.

It’s unclear how Glee producers will address Monteith’s death as the show ramps up for its new season.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Holder: Trayvon Martin Case Is A Chance For 'Difficult Dialogue'

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:59 am

Speaking at a luncheon for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said he shared concerns about the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year."

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NPR Story
10:40 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Head Start Programs Try To Deal With Sequester Cuts

Students pose for a picture at a Head Start program run by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency. (CHC Community Action Agency)

Up to 70,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Local programs are trying to compensate for the cuts by trimming other areas of their budgets, in an attempt to keep the Head Start slots in the program open for children.

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