KCUR http://kcur.org en Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding http://kcur.org/post/temporary-cease-fire-gaza-appears-be-holding NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Jerusalem this morning that a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335405818/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-to-12-hour-truce">12-hour humanitarian cease-fire</a> in Gaza that went into effect at 8 a.m. Israeli time (1 a.m. ET) looks to be holding.<p>Hundreds of Gaza residents were taking advantage of relative calm to stock up on supplies. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59525 at http://kcur.org Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding Limericks http://kcur.org/post/limericks-100 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Limericks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 59524 at http://kcur.org Lightning Fill In The Blank http://kcur.org/post/lightning-fill-blank-103 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Lightning+Fill+In+The+Blank&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 59523 at http://kcur.org Prediction http://kcur.org/post/prediction-102 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Prediction&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 59522 at http://kcur.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://kcur.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59521 at http://kcur.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Movie Critics: Films Of July 2014 http://kcur.org/post/movie-critics-films-july-2014 <p>With the first days passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the heat index, summer is in full swing. And with summer, comes a plethora of fun, escapist flicks. But July has also brought films with depth, humor and insight. On Friday's <em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>,&nbsp;</em>the movie critics give their take on what's moving movies forward and what can be left to burn up in the sun.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:51:09 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 59515 at http://kcur.org Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 http://kcur.org/post/co-founder-writers-place-kansas-city-dies-82 <p></p><p>William "Bill" Hickok died Monday at the age of 82 in Marina Del Rey, Ca. Two decades ago, Hickok and his wife, Gloria Vando, co-founded a literary community center in Kansas City, Mo. called The Writers Place.</p><p>Hickok, a first cousin several times removed of the gunslinger "Wild Bill" Hickok, was born in Kansas City; he graduated from Southwest High School and the University of Missouri.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:37:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 59491 at http://kcur.org Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://kcur.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 editor 59519 at http://kcur.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death http://kcur.org/post/kansas-officials-suspend-future-foster-placements-tfi-after-childs-death <p></p><p></p><p>Kansas welfare officials said Friday that they have suspended placing foster children with TFI Family Services, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.</p><p>TFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> formerly contracted with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide foster services and continues to have foster homes as a subcontractor to the state's current lead foster care contractors, </span>KVC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:16:11 +0000 KCUR 59514 at http://kcur.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://kcur.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59516 at http://kcur.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://kcur.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 59517 at http://kcur.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://kcur.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 59518 at http://kcur.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://kcur.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 59513 at http://kcur.org Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself http://kcur.org/post/leading-ebola-doctor-stricken-disease-himself <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Leading+Ebola+Doctor+Stricken+With+The+Disease+Himself&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 59512 at http://kcur.org For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://kcur.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 59511 at http://kcur.org Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://kcur.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 59510 at http://kcur.org Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want? http://kcur.org/post/gaza-cease-fire-still-just-out-reach-what-does-each-side-want Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris is in Gaza, and she speaks to Audie Cornish about both sides' demands. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Gaza+Cease-Fire+Still+Just+Out+Of+Reach%3A+What+Does+Each+Side+Want%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Emily Harris 59509 at http://kcur.org In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line http://kcur.org/post/complex-web-tunnels-israel-draws-its-red-line <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+A+Complex+Web+Of+Tunnels%2C+Israel+Draws+Its+Red+Line&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 59508 at http://kcur.org Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient http://kcur.org/post/pa-hospital-sees-gun-fight-between-psychiatrist-and-patient <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Pa.+Hospital+Sees+Gun+Fight+Between+Psychiatrist+And+Patient&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 59507 at http://kcur.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://kcur.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 59506 at http://kcur.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print http://kcur.org/post/how-well-does-drug-work-look-beyond-fine-print Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.<p>Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.<p>This spring, the Institute of Medicine <a href="http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Research/DrugForum/2014-MAY-12/Agenda.pdf">convened a workshop</a> with the Food and Drug Administration. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 NPR staff 59505 at http://kcur.org How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution http://kcur.org/post/how-kansas-citys-trees-are-saving-you-money-and-cutting-pollution <p>The tree and shrub population in the Kansas City metro saves residents nearly $14 million a year, according to a <a href="http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/rb/rb_nrs75.pdf">new study</a>.</p><p>The United States Department of Agriculture's Northern Research Station (NRS)&nbsp;examined plant life in nine counties in the Kansas City metro area.</p><p>The NRS found that by blocking winds in the winter, shading buildings in the summer, and providing natural evaporative cooling all throughout the year, trees and shrubs significantly cut down residential energy costs.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:18 +0000 Cody Newill 59489 at http://kcur.org How Kansas City's Trees Are Saving You Money And Cutting Pollution The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches http://kcur.org/post/average-american-man-too-big-his-britches When my colleague Viet Le started writing about his <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989316/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-a-mans-quest-to-find-an-extra-small" target="_blank">struggle to find clothing that fits him as an "extra-small"</a> man in a world that idolizes "big and tall," I was intrigued — and a bit confused.<p>Viet has never struck me as an especially small guy. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 59501 at http://kcur.org The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From http://kcur.org/post/best-and-worst-companies-retire Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.<p>Bloomberg&#8217;s <strong>Michael Regan</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-22/conocophillips-best-among-401-k-plans-with-facebook-last.html" target="_blank">See Bloo Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 59504 at http://kcur.org The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes http://kcur.org/post/market-basket-employees-protest-labor-changes At a New England grocery store, employees are protesting labor changes &#8212; but it&#8217;s not what you&#8217;re expecting. Market Basket&#8217;s 25,000 employees don&#8217;t have a problem with their own working conditions. Rather, they want ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas put back in his position.<p>In 1994, Demoulas&#8217;s father fought his late brother&#8217;s heirs for control of the family business. Demoulas&#8217;s uncle&#8217;s heirs won a very slight majority stake of 50.5 percent. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 59503 at http://kcur.org Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows http://kcur.org/post/market-basket-store-shelves-empty-online-presence-grows It&#8217;s been a big week for Market Basket.<p>For a window into everything about this family-owned business that has been successful &#8212; despite deep divisions at the top &#8212; you just have to go online. From our own WBUR to <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/traceylynneg/mind-blowing-pictures-of-empty-shelves-as-employee-uzsz" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, countless publications are writing about the New England grocery store chain&#8217;s ongoing employee protests and resulting empty shelves.<p>But in this case, the curious now have another potential source for information on the comp Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 59502 at http://kcur.org As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://kcur.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 59499 at http://kcur.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' http://kcur.org/post/sen-john-mccain-calls-lengthy-execution-arizona-torture Sen. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 59500 at http://kcur.org Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes http://kcur.org/post/fan-s-notes-hometown-heroes <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:45 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 59494 at http://kcur.org A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain http://kcur.org/post/angola-prison-ku-researcher-found-music-stories-and-pain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ethnomusicologist Daniel Atkinson describes Louisiana State Penitentiary (commonly called "Angola") as a “living, breathing plantation.” The land where the prison stands today was converted from plantation to penitentiary after slavery was abolished.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:32:29 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 59459 at http://kcur.org In Angola Prison, KU Researcher Found Music, Stories And Pain