The Two-Way
6:48 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

'Birdie Africa,' Child Icon Of 1985 Philly MOVE Bombing, Dies

Michael Moses Ward speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia.
H. Rumph Jr. AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 7:28 pm

Michael Ward, one of only two survivors of the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, died on Friday.

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Crime
6:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dixon approves $40 million settlement for embezzlement case

The city of Dixon’s financial woes were eased significantly Wednesday. The City Council approved a $40 million settlement with auditors and a bank for their roles in allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle millions over two decades.  The city’s former auditor, Clifton-Larson-Allen, will pay the bulk of the out-of-court settlement. Former auditor Sam Card and Fifth Third Bank will also pay into the deal. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke is thrilled with the outcome, but adds that the city will never make up for the nearly $54 million Crundwell stole:

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Health
6:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Illinois gets brand name for health care reform

Illinois officials Wednesday unveiled the brand name for a new insurance marketplace that’s part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan:

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It's All Politics
5:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

Democratic Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan visited with mothers and babies at a Capitol Hill Obamacare event Wednesday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 6:08 pm

Wednesday's Highlights

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his marathon Senate floor speech at noon when his appointed time ran out.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City on Wednesday.
Ramin Talaie Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 10:09 pm

When she left the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she just wanted to sleep late and walk her dog. But that hasn't happened.

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Code Switch
4:46 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Ancient Jewish Tradition Meets Contemporary Design

Sukkah City finalists spread out across New York City's Union Square Park in 2010.
Babak Bryan BanG Studio

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:07 pm

At Georgetown University this week, an outdoor religious display looks more like a public art installation than a commandment from the Torah, Judaism's holy book.

First, the basics: It's called a sukkah, a temporary dwelling — translated from Hebrew as a "booth" — where observant Jews traditionally eat and sleep during the weeklong harvest holiday of Sukkot.

The holiday, which began the night of Sept. 18, also pays homage to the 40 years during which the Israelites wandered in the desert, living in temporary structures.

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Business
4:37 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Carp stakeholders push for Peoria processing plant

The Peoria area needs a facility to process carp from the Illinois River.  That's the message from government and fishing industry officials during a meeting to talk about the invasive fish.  The nearest processing facility is in Thomson, Illinois.  Area fisherman Orion Briney says having a local facility would boost his bottom line:

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

State Department Renews Global Terrorism Alert

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:55 pm

The U.S. State Department has renewed its global terror alert, following the attack in Nairobi, Kenya, by a group claiming to be part of the Somalia-based al-Shabab.

Because of the "continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence" toward Americans, the State Department said, U.S. citizens should "maintain a high level of vigilance."

The department adds:

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Asia
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Concerns Growing Over North Korea's Nuclear Program

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:03 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joshua Pollack, a consultant to the US government, about concerns that North Korea has or could soon have the tools to make the centrifuges to enrich the uranium to make the atomic weapons without having to import key elements in the process. Pollack studies arms control, proliferation, deterrence, intelligence, and regional security affairs. He also writes for the blog Arms Control Wonk.

Sports
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

In Comeback, Oracle Team USA Wins America's Cup

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:03 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

In San Francisco today, a dramatic winner-take-all finish to the America's Cup race. Oracle Team USA, the defending champion, completed a remarkable comeback to win the regatta, 9-8. The American team is led by Silicon Valley billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. They were on the verge of elimination to their opponent, Emirates Team New Zealand. Trailing 8-1, the Oracle team then won eight straight races, concluding this afternoon in the high winds of San Francisco Bay. Announcer Todd Harris had the call on the NBC Sports Network.

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