The Two-Way
4:55 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

NY Cabbies Win Right Veto Racy Ads On Vehicles

Some New York cab drivers have complained that the companies they work for were putting racy ads — for strip clubs, for example — on their cars. And those ads were embarrassing and tested their ethical and religious beliefs.

Yesterday, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted unanimously to allow cab drivers who own their cars to veto the ads put on top of their vehicles.

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Geraldo Rivera of the Fox News Channel once described David Folkenflik as "a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter." Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, gave him a "laurel" for his reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

Shots - Health Blog
4:26 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Doctors Call For Pullback On Narcotics For Chronic Pain

In a bracing call to action, three doctors from California are telling their peers to think twice before prescribing potent narcotics for patients with chronic pain.

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Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

StudioTulsa
4:03 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

"The Kalamata Diary"

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Technology
4:02 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Anonymous Comes Out In The Open

A demonstrator wears a Guy Fawkes mask typically worn by followers of the cyberguerrilla group Anonymous during an Aug. 15 protest inside a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 16, 2011 5:17 pm

"Hacktivists" are hitting the streets.

The cyberguerrilla group Anonymous — known for high-profile computer attacks on corporate and government targets — is urging its followers to come out from behind their PCs on Saturday and occupy Wall Street.

The aim: an Arab Spring-style protest over the "abuse and corruption of corporations, banks and governments."

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Technology
3:59 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Hacking Made Easier, Thanks To New Tools

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Time was when it took a fair amount of expertise to launch the kinds of illegal computer attacks that have become the hallmarks of "hacktivist" groups like Anonymous.

Today, just about anyone can download user-friendly software capable of crippling websites. One such tool is LOIC [Low Orbit Ion Cannon], which was used in Anonymous' attack on MasterCard, Visa and other companies late last year.

It's rumored that the group will release another weapon, called #RefRef, on Saturday.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

A Celtic Cure: Soldiers Use Hurling To Heal After War

The Barley House Wolves circle up around their coach, Ruairi O'Mahony, for a half-time huddle during a match against a hurling team from Worcester, Mass.
Shannon Mullen for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:15 pm

One of the most popular sports in Ireland is the rough contact game of hurling.

It was created by ancient Celtic warriors, and now it's found a niche following among some soldiers in the U.S. A group of National Guardsmen in New Hampshire formed a hurling team to stay in shape after Middle East deployments.

But they're getting a lot more than exercise.

It's Like Stepping Off Of Battle

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Soldier's Body Returns to Oklahoma

The Private's body is carried by an honor guard from an airplane at Tulsa's Air Guard Base.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK –
In a steady rain, a charter jet lands at Tulsa International bearing the body of Private First Class Tony Potter Jr. The 20-year-old from Okmulgee died in a firefight in Afghanistan, and is the youngest Oklahoman killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders took part in a ceremony today at the Air Guard base in Tulsa. David Priest is one of those riders. He says they want to show respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Justice Department: Violent Crime Drops 12 Percent In 2010

Crime scene tape is wrapped around a telephone pole in Detroit.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Statistics released today by the Justice Department show that the number of violent crimes in the country continued their downward trend, dropping a surprising 12 percent in 2010.

The AP reports:

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported there were 3.8 million violent crimes last year, down from 4.3 million in 2009. Experts aren't sure why. The expectation had been that crime would increase in a weak economy with high unemployment like that seen in 2010.

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