Local News
10:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card

Elina Lev applied for a green card in 2013, when she was assistant concertmaster in the Charlotte Symphony. Her application was denied because U.S. Immigration officials didn't think the Charlotte Symphony was a "distinguished" organization.
Credit Masterpiece Images

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s reputation is at the center of a violinist’s application for an EB-1 green card. These green cards are awarded to professionals with “extraordinary ability” in a specialized field. Distinguished academics and artists, for example, or top international business executives.

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Goats and Soda
10:48 am
Fri July 25, 2014

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

An Indian migrant worker pauses for a refreshing bucket bath on the roadside in Mumbai.
Rafiq Maqbool AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 3:49 pm

Two items that are essential to most Indian households are a bucket and a pitcher. They are to Indians what showers are to Americans, an integral part of the daily ritual of bathing. In a country where you can't count on running water, the vast majority of people bathe using a bucket of water and a plastic pitcher to pour the water over your head and body.

Like every other Indian I know, I grew up with bucket bathing. But by the time I was 10, indoor showers had started to become more common in bathrooms, as did a regular water supply, at least in urban India.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

Indonesia's President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is asking ordinary people to help him choose his government.
Beawiharta Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:01 pm

Indonesia's president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader — starting with his Cabinet, which he's asking ordinary people to help him choose.

Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was named president on Tuesday following July 9 polls, the results of which were contested by rival Prabowo Subianto. In the final count approved by the country's election commission, Jokowi secured 53 percent to Prabowo's 47 percent.

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:43 pm

Sunni extremists from the so-called Islamic State blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday. The site is holy to both Christians and Muslims.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports that video of the explosion quickly spread online, and residents of the city and across Iraq were angered by the destruction.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.
Rob Griffith AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:53 pm

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.

The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Wisdomkeepers / Moral Movies

Q'eros shaman, called a Paqo.
McKay Savage Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Today, we learn about two organizations using film to preserve history and wisdom. Moral Mondays is a political movement that has grown over the past couple of years. Moral Movies sprang up to support the movement with a series of films aimed at increasing awareness of social justice issues such as civil rights, climate change and more. We'll also meet a man who traveled to Peru to document the Pago Indian tribe in the Andes Mountains of South America. They are one of the Earth's few remaining uninterrupted lineages of wisdom. 

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:33 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.

Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:15 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Monkey See
8:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Culture Between The Coasts And Imperfect Fits

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In San Diego or its sprawling surrounding area? Come to the East Plaza Gazebo in Seaport Village (between Village Cafe and Ben & Jerry's) on Saturday morning, any time between 9 and noon PT, to hang out with the Pop Culture Happy Hour gang! It's just an informal meet-and-greet — we wanted a chance to hang out with folks in the area who couldn't get tickets to the San Diego Comic-Con that week — but we'd love to see anyone who's able to swing by.

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