The Two-Way
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U.S. Diplomat's Leaked Phone Call Gets Poor Reception

Victoria Nuland, the U.S. assistant secretary of state, lights a candle in St. Michael Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday. Her comments during a leaked phone call have sparked a diplomatic row.
AP

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 11:08 am

The content of the leaked phone conversation that we told you about Thursday continues to have diplomatic repercussions.

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Shots - Health News
9:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas

A girl with hepatitis C holds a medical report while being treated at a hospital in Hefei, China, in 2011. China has one of the greatest burdens of hepatitis C, but it's still not clear whether a deal for lower prices for a new drug from Gilead Sciences will apply there.
Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 10:25 am

An effective new medicine is developed as a cure for a major disease. The drug company prices the medicine at tens of thousands of dollars for a course of treatment. How can the disease-curing medicine be made accessible to patients who need it, most of whom live in low- and middle-income countries?

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

Grain Operator Austin Clubb surveys corn inside the Homestead Grain Facility at Amana Farms near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:39 am

An Illinois jury has returned a record verdict of nearly $17 million in the deaths of two teenagers and the traumatic entrapment of a third worker in a grain bin in 2010, NPR's Howard Berkes reports.

The incident was featured in an investigative series by Howard and the Center for Public Integrity. There's also an interactive database about the series here.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

Weather map from the National Weather Service showing winter storm warnings in pink on Friday.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 11:33 am

California and Oregon, which experienced their driest year on record in 2013, are looking at more snow and rain over the weekend, with heavy accumulation expected in the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades and the Great Basin.

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Out and About
8:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

"Oliver!" takes to the stage at Peoria Players

Credit Peoria Players Theatre

This week, we're talking with Chip Joyce, who plays Fagin in Peoria Players' upcoming production of the musical "Oliver!" Joyce says it's one of a handful of roles on his "bucket list." The role requires a fair amount of stage makeup, and adopting a specific voice and gait. "Oliver!" opens tonight, and runs through February 16th at Peoria Players Theatre.

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State News
7:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

How big Illinois' pension problem is could impact your wallet

The controversial new law that overhauls pensions for Illinois public workers is now facing legal challenges. But even before it was passed, experts had been fighting over exactly how big the state’s pension crisis really is. As Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports, the answer to that math problem could have a big impact on your wallet.

When pundits and politicians and reporters talk about Illinois’ monster pension problem, there’s this number that keeps coming up.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:35 am

He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats, but Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN that "there's no obvious reason" why he shouldn't seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination.

The network reports that:

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Education
7:17 am
Fri February 7, 2014

What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Rhodes Scholars study at Oxford for at least a year.
iStockphoto

Applying for a Rhodes Scholarship this year? A new rule means you won't be able to get any help writing or editing your application essay.

The organization that hands out the prestigious scholarship says American students have been sending in too many "formulaic" and "predictable" essays. They usually go something like this, according to Charles Conn, warden of the Rhodes House at Oxford and CEO of the Rhodes Trust:

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

A fish that knows the way to go: the Chinook salmon, which appears to use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate ocean waters and rivers.
Jeff T. Green Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:40 am

You might say we're attracted to this kind of story:

Last month, there was the news that Czech researchers believe that dogs prefer to align themselves along "the North-South axis under calm [magnetic field] conditions" when they're dropping those deposits that we owners have to pick up.

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State News
7:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U of I hosts forum on digital hate and civil discourse

University of Illinois students Kimberly Arquines and Jennifer Sun attend a forum on digital hate and civil discourse on Feb. 6, 2014 on the U of I’s Urbana campus. Arquines was one of the students who posted personal attacks on Twitter last month against Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

The University of Illinois hosted a forum on digital hate and civil discourse Thursday night, following a recent barrage of racist and sexist tweets targeting the chancellor on the Urbana campus.  As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the question now is whether the campus can turn constructive dialogue into meaningful action. 

On January 26th, personal attacks against Chancellor Phyllis Wise started popping up on Twitter right after she refused to cancel classes due to the cold and heavy snowfall.

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