The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday testing the constitutionality of a Bush-era regulation that allows the Federal Communications Commission to punish broadcasters with stiff fines for the fleeting use of vulgar language or nude images. The FCC's rule applies only to radio and over-the-air TV networks — like Fox, ABC, NBC and PBS — but not to cable TV.
More than half of states had forced sterilization programs at one time, but few were as aggressive as North Carolina's. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by that state's eugenics board up to the mid 1970s. Sterilization was seen as a way to control welfare costs and improve the caliber of the population. Well, today, a task force in North Carolina took a step toward becoming the only state to offer compensation to eugenics victims.
From member station WFAE, Julie Rose has the story.
Fri. 1/13 11a: A wind farm in Oregon has applied for a permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the incidental killing of golden eagles. This marks the first time that a wind farm company has applied for the exception to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been postponing wind permits to protect golden eagles. Biologists are seeing a steady decline in the golden eagle population and wind farms are seen as a major factor.
Thu. 1/12 11a: This month is radon awareness month. According to those in the field, radon – a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas found in homes – is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause among non-smokers.
Wed. 1/11 11a: In these times of crisis many people around the world are looking for something they can trust and believe in. They are turning to indigenous practices and beliefs to comfort their fears. Many Native people understand that the power and the answers we seek lie within each one of us.
In Israel, it might become a crime to use Nazi comparisons to criticize someone. As the AP puts it, a bill under consideration by parliament would "would impose penalties of up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine for using the word 'Nazi' or Holocaust symbols for purposes other than teaching, documentation or research."
Tue. 1/10 11a: Canyon Records is celebrating 60 years of Native American Music with a performance series called "Traditions and Transformations.” The Russian marine tanker Renda is making an historic fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska, which is suffering from a severe gas shortage. The 2012 Winter Symposium will be hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center. The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada will be the site of the 5th annual “National Casino and Hotel Development Conference.”
Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:37 pm
Not too long ago Nokia was the largest tech company in Europe. Its market cap rivaled Microsoft's. It helped create the mobile phone industry as we know it. But the emergence of a new generation of smartphones — led by Apple's iPhone and Android-based offerings from Samsung, HTC and others — left Nokia behind.