Remembrances
2:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller plays peekaboo with the cameraman before the start of her television show Bonkers in 1979.
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Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 2:35 pm

Phyllis Diller, one of the first and one of the few female comic headliners of her generation, died Monday at the age of 95.

Diller performed in the persona of a crazed housewife. She usually dressed in outlandish, bad-fitting clothes with her hair teased into a disheveled mop. Then she'd fire off long strings of self-deprecating gags. She was so unattractive, she used to tell her audiences, that Peeping Toms asked her to pull her window shades down. Onstage, she called her husband Fang. Diller told Fang jokes like her male counterparts told wife jokes.

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Author Interviews
2:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks'

Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:21 pm

In 1964, students at the University of California, Berkeley, formed a protest movement to repeal a campus rule banning students from engaging in political activities.

Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover suspected the free speech movement to be evidence of a Communist plot to disrupt U.S. campuses. He "had long been concerned about alleged subversion within the education field," journalist Seth Rosenfeld tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Presidential Race
2:05 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Romney's VP Pick Puts Focus On Medicare

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 2:34 pm

Paul Ryan's controversial plan to reshape Medicare has provoked conversation, some of it confusing, about entitlement reform. Traditionally a campaign rallying cry for Democrats, Republicans seem to be putting President Obama on the defensive about Medicare and the new health law.

Asia
1:58 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

China's Increased Investment Upsets Some Pakistanis

China is planning to increase investments in Pakistan, and some Pakistanis feel China is trying to become a new colonial power. Amid these tensions, a bomb went off near the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 23. The blast injured two people.
Rizwan Tabassum AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 5:08 pm

With all its current troubles, Pakistan has not been attracting much foreign investment recently. In fact, China seems to be the only country that's prepared to pour money into Pakistan in a big way.

But a boost in Chinese investment has sparked resentment in southern Pakistan, where activists accuse China of trying to be a new colonial power. A bomb blast recently hit near the Chinese Consulate in Karachi — an ominous sign of the rising tensions.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Roger Clemens Returns To Pro Baseball Saturday; Majors Next?

Roger Clemens in 2007, as he was throwing batting practice for the Houston Astros. Could he be back in an Astros' uniform next month?
David J. Phillip AP

The Rocket is going to be pitching again Saturday night.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Nike's New Frontier: LeBron X Sneakers Will Sell For $315

Nike's new Lebron X. Fully loaded, they will retail for $315.
Nike

Despite tough economic times, Nike is about to go where it has never gone before: Its Lebron X sneakers are expected to retail for $315. That's the first time a pair of its kicks breaks the $300 barrier.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the price hike comes after the company saw some steep drops to its gross margins. But the company may be taking its customers too far. The Journal reports:

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Problems Plague Uptown Pay-By-Cell Parking System
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Problems Plague Uptown Pay-By-Cell Parking System

Parking citation. Photo: Jennifer Lang

Parking citation. Photo: Jennifer Lang

A new technology to let parkers pay the meter via smart phone in Uptown Charlotte hit a snag that nearly led to its abandon by city officials. They're now hopeful they 've fixed the problem that led to dozens of erroneous tickets.

No need to ever scrounge for change! That was the promise when the city launched "ParkMobile" in March. A quick phone call or tap of a mobile app would feed the meter at any Uptown street spot.

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Cemeteries In Our Midst
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Cemeteries In Our Midst

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

Mecklenburg County has at least 270 known cemetery sites. Some are obvious, located along a main road or next to a church. But other burial grounds have become obscured by the passage of time, neglect, or urban sprawl. WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports on a few local cemeteries that are "hidden in plain sight."

A gravestone in the cemetery adjacent to the Grand Promenade Village in University City. Photo: Tanner Latham.

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Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Panel Says Community Needs To Tackle Education Problems Together

A school superintendent, a school board chairman and a former governor sat down to talk education last night as part of the build up to the DNC. They didn't solve any problems, but they discussed challenges facing North Carolina students and suggested ways to overcome them.

The challenges include fifth graders who can't read, teenagers who drop out, parents who don't check up on their kids, and teachers who don't get the support they need.

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Charlotte Observer - District Attorney: CMPD
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Charlotte Observer - District Attorney: CMPD Officer Acted Lawfully In Fatal Shooting

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed 28-year-old Michael Deangelo Laney during a struggle to arrest him in July will not be prosecuted.
Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray wrote in a letter Monday to the police chief that the use of deadly force by Officer A.J. Holzhauer was justified.
"There is no evidence that Officer Holzhauer acted unlawfully," Murray's letter to Police Chief Rodney Monroe said.

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