All Tech Considered
2:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Through The Internet, Gay Teens Connected To Larger Community

Emily Kitfield, 16, says she's not sure if she would have been able to come out to her parents and community without being able to reach out to others online.
Courtesy of Emily Kitfield

In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly impacted what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.

Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.

That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.

'The Only One'

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Parallels
2:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Greeks Find Hope In The Theater Of Nostalgia

Greek vocal icon Marinella (center) sings "Children of Greece," a song once sung to Greek soldiers as Italian and German forces invaded the country. As they endure hard times today, Greeks are turning to theater that shows triumphs over adversity in the previous century.
Badminton Theater

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 1:23 pm

It's a full house at the 2,000-seat Badminton Theater in Athens. On stage is a musical about the singer Sofia Vembo, whose warm contralto voice comforted Greeks during World War II.

The song that is bringing the audience, mostly Greeks in their 60s and 70s, to tears and applause is called "Paida Tis Ellados, Paidia," or "Children of Greece." Vembo sang it to Greek soldiers as Italian and German forces invaded the country.

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The Two-Way
11:18 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Reports: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

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

Comcast is expected to announce its acquisition of Time Warner on Thursday, various media outlets report.

Bloomberg, citing "four people familiar with matter," says Comcast will buy the cable company for about $44 billion, "combining the largest two U.S. cable companies in an all-stock deal."

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Government
7:08 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Rahm Emanuel defends pet coke proposal

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending a proposed ordinance that could drive out at least one segment of industry from the city. 

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State News
6:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Illinois veterans tout ‘Heroes’ program

As veterans return to civilian life in Illinois, the state provides loans to those having trouble affording a home. As Hannah Meisel reports, officials were in Springfield Wednesday, touting that program.

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Government
6:40 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

PHA looking at two parcels for Taft redevelopment project

The Peoria Housing Authority is looking to buy two properties to replace some of the apartments in the Taft Homes. The PHA is looking for land throughout the city to build new homes for the more than 200 units currently at Taft. The two potential properties for development are at 919 Northeast Jefferson and 2917 West Lake. 

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Government
6:26 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

New Lincoln postal stamp unveiled

Wednesday, on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp paying homage to the Sixteenth President.  

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Remembrances
4:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91

Actor/comedian Sid Caesar
NBC NBC via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:00 pm

Comedian Sid Caesar, one of early network TV's biggest stars, died Wednesday morning at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.

Caesar didn't do smut, putdowns or smarmy remarks. Instead, he did skits: grown-up, gentle comedy for the whole family.

In one skit, Caesar was the smarter-than-anyone German "professor." Carl Reiner played a movie executive with money problems. The professor's solution? Make a musical — and get the greatest composer in the world. He is shocked to discover that his top choice won't be available.

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Government
4:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Peoria County launching new business website, minority contractor focus

Peoria County is launching a new website this spring to help business owners get assistance.  Greater Peoria SourceLink launches this spring.  The website will be GPSourceLink.org and cost $20,000 a year to run.  Mark Rothert is Assistant Peoria County Administrator for Economic Development. He says the goal is to help new and established business owners get up and running:

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It's All Politics
4:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Election Panel: Long Lines Were Management Problem

Robert Bauer (far left) and Benjamin Ginsberg (far right) are co-chairmen of the president's Commission on Election Administration, appointed to find solutions to election-related issues.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:48 pm

The commission President Obama appointed last year to figure out how to fix long lines at the polls and other election problems has sought to steer clear of the many partisan land mines surrounding how Americans vote.

The two co-chairmen of the panel continued to that navigation Wednesday as they presented their unanimous recommendations to the Senate Rules Committee.

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