Parallels
8:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Japanese Baseball Began On My Family's Farm In Maine

Horace Wilson and other members of his family in a portrait believed to date to the 1860s. He's the mustachioed fellow standing at top right.
Courtesy of Abigail Sanborn

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 5:34 pm

There's this strange story about my family that doesn't often come up in casual conversation. We don't talk about it much. I had to prod them when I donned my headphones and stuck a microphone in their faces to do this story. But as soon as we share, people shout, "Why didn't you tell me about that before?"

Here it is: My great-great-great-uncle introduced baseball to Japan.

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The Salt
8:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Hippest Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats

Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent incorporated materials salvaged from boats into the Vena Cava winery in Baja's Guadalupe Valley.
Courtesy of Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 12:22 pm

A lot of artists say they find inspiration in unlikely places. Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, designers based in Ensenada, Mexico, most often find theirs digging through dumpsters and junkyards.

Their work, however, isn't remotely trashy. One of their latest creations, the Vena Cava winery in Baja's Guadalupe Valley, is sleek and totally modern. It's one of a growing number of wineries that's designed to give visitors a memorable visual experience — not just a taste of fine wine.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., during an appearance last year on CBS News' Face the Nation. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says he won't seek re-election in November.
Chris Usher AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 3:17 pm

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., confirmed Friday that he will not seek re-election in November and is going to host a talk show on the Cumulus radio network starting next year.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide 'Will Only Increase'

Searchers approach the site of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., that tore through about 50 homes and properties.
Ted S. Warren/Pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 5:46 pm

Officials expect to release more information later today about the death toll from last weekend's massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., and they're warning that the news is going to be grim.

"We understand there has been confusion over the reported number of fatalities," Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said Thursday. "The sadness here is that we know this number will only increase."

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U.S.
7:01 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society

Parents are being encouraged to keep their children from taking standardized tests in school.
Shannon DeCelle AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:01 pm

Americans want to go their own way.

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. But the ability to strike out on your own has always been balanced against the need for communal action in a complicated, continental country.

Right now, the pendulum is swinging more toward individualism.

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Around the Nation
6:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Taco Bell Commercial Takes A Jab At McDonald's

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:12 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Taco Bell stuck it to McDonald's. The fast-food chain is broadcasting TV ads featuring Ronald McDonald. Dozens of people who are really named Ronald McDonald promote Taco Bell. While tweaking the McDonald's mascot, they also promote Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine, including a breakfast waffle taco.

Around the Nation
6:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fastest Growing U.S. City Is A Retirement Community

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:24 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The fastest-growing city in the country is not what you'd expect, not a trendy tech hub, not an edgy edge city. It's The Villages, in Central Florida. Nobody under 55 can live there. Aging boomers have made The Villages the biggest retirement community in the world - specializing in microbrew, golf courses and November-December romance; also, the world's longest golf cart parade.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Government
6:19 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Planning group approves settlement for consultant contract

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a settlement with an economic development consultant after months of discussion. 

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Storms
6:17 am
Fri March 28, 2014

25-percent of destroyed Washington homes getting rebuilt

Earlier efforts to help Washington recover from the complete devastation left following the Sunday, November 17, 2013 tornado.

The City of Washington has issued 150 permits to rebuild homes that were destroyed in last November’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Unemployment falls statewide, but not in the Peoria area

Unemployment rates fell statewide in February but saw a slight uptick in the Peoria Metro region. Unemployment was the lowest it’s been since 2009 in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro region.

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