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1:57 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

Based on a true story, Fruitvale Station won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant and Ariana Neal stars as his young daughter, Tatiana.
Cait Adkins The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

The actor Michael B. Jordan gives a major performance in Ryan Coogler's debut film, Fruitvale Station. He plays 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot in a run-in with cops at an Oakland, Calif., train stop in the early hours of 2009. The film opens with cellphone footage of the actual event, so you know what's coming. But the Oscar you meet on the last day of 2008 remains a man, not a martyr.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Teen Who Died In Asiana Crash Was Hit By A Firetruck, Police Say

Debris left behind by the crash-landing of Asiana Flight 214, released by the NTSB this week. Police officials say a teenager who died at the airport was hit by a fire truck on the runway; she had been covered by firefighters' foam.
NTSB

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:28 pm

One of the two Chinese teenagers who died in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight Saturday was hit by a firetruck responding to the scene on the runway, police officials in San Francisco said Friday. But it remains uncertain if that accident is what killed the girl.

The girl, Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was planning to visit Stanford University and attend a summer camp at a Christian school, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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1:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Business Plan Behind 'Sharknado'

Detail of a promotional poster for "Sharknado." (Sharknado/SyFy)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

The campy movie “Sharknado” about killer sharks caught in a tornado and dumped in Southern California, premiered yesterday on SyFy and unleashed a storm on Twitter.

At its peak, it produced 84 tweets per second. So what is the secret to this low budget film’s rabid success?

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NPR Story
1:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

'Under the Dome' Part Of New TV Trend

This publicity image released by CBS shows a general view from the series "Under the Dome," about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. (CBS Entertainment)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

The new CBS show “Under the Dome,” about a small town that is suddenly and mysteriously enclosed by a barrier, has been a hit with 13.5 million viewers on its first night.

In the age of streaming TV and Netflix, Linda Holmes of NPR’s Monkey See blog explains why these new “event series” are becoming a summer trend.

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NPR Story
1:40 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

What's Really Holding Republicans Back on Immigration

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and GOP leaders, pauses while meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, following a Republican strategy session. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

As debate over the immigration bill continues in the House, NPR’s Mara Liasson explains the political calculations House Republicans are making as they delay a full immigration overhaul.

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Television
1:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Back For More: Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Is A Serious Standout

Jeff Daniels returns to Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom as cable news anchor Will McAvoy.
HBO

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:44 pm

The one major change series creator Aaron Sorkin made to The Newsroom between seasons was a structural one. Instead of having each week's show focus on a separate major storyline, this year's edition of The Newsroom follows a single story over the course of the entire season. And it's a season-long plot line in which anchor Will McAvoy and the other employees of the fictional Atlantic Cable News network get one important news report very wrong.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Passenger Train Derails Near Paris, 'Many Casualties' Feared

One of the cars that derailed Friday at a train station near Paris.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 5:56 pm

A passenger train with several hundred people on board "has derailed in the southern Paris suburb of Brétigny, with authorities reporting 'many casualties,'" France 24 reports. Officials are still sorting through what French media are calling their country's worst rail accident in 25 years.

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NPR Story
12:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Listener Letters: Politicians And Australian Bands

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

Today we read and listen to several comments about our interviews with Congressman Mo Brooks and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and our stories about Bangladesh factory safety and Australian bands.

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12:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Plans Underway For 'American Writers Museum'

The museum's design plan says "we will utilize large touch-wall technology at the entrance of each of the themed galleries." (American Writers Museum Foundation)

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:11 pm

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There are estimated to be well over 17,000 museums in the United States. Philadelphia has the Mutter Museum of Medical History, there's a Spam museum in Austin, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Kansas, has a museum devoted to barbed wire — to name a few.

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12:45 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New Evidence May Give 'Boston Strangler' A Name

Albert DeSalvo, 35, is surrounded by police after his capture in Lynn on Feb. 25, 1967. DeSalvo was nabbed in a store a day after he escaped from Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane. (AP)

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

After almost 50 years, law enforcement officials say they have new evidence proving who killed the last victim in the infamous Boston Strangler case, a string of murders in the 1960s.

But questions are being asked about the new evidence and the way it was obtained.

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman reports on the latest developments in this cold case.

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