KUNM http://kunm.org en Truckers Strike At LA Port, While Dock Worker Talks Continue http://kunm.org/post/truckers-strike-la-port-while-dock-worker-talks-continue Tensions are high between workers and the shipping industry at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with reporter Kirk Siegler about the ongoing labor dispute at the largest port complex in the United States. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 47937 at http://kunm.org Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers http://kunm.org/post/heading-home-ohio-lebron-returns-cleveland-cavaliers Four years after famously leaving, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to return to the team where he started his professional career. Many fans in Cleveland say they're excited to have him back. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 47936 at http://kunm.org Tommy Ramone, Co-Founder Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://kunm.org/post/tommy-ramone-co-founder-ramones-dies-65 Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, has died at age 65. The drummer was the last living member of the legendary punk band he helped create. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 47935 at http://kunm.org Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums http://kunm.org/post/looking-free-sperm-women-may-turn-online-forums Commercial sperm banks have operated in the U.S. since the early 1970s. Today, women who can afford to use them tend do so without stigma. But banks are no longer the only source for women hoping to get pregnant.<p>There are informal, unregulated websites popping up where men who are willing to donate their sperm for free can meet women who are hoping to have a baby.<p>The most established sperm donation website in the U.S., the Known Donor Registry, launched in 2010. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Rebecca Hersher 47934 at http://kunm.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount http://kunm.org/post/afghan-presidential-candidates-agree-full-recount Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.<p>The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.<p>Kerry said it would be the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the ballots possible. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47933 at http://kunm.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash http://kunm.org/post/tracy-morgan-sues-wal-mart-over-truck-limousine-crash Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/07/319717577/actor-tracy-morgan-injured-in-a-car-accident-in-new-jersey">his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck</a> going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence.<p>The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47932 at http://kunm.org Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares http://kunm.org/post/cdc-closes-two-labs-after-anthrax-flu-scares Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.<p>The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/20/324077444/cdc-says-more-workers-potentially-exposed-to-live-anthrax">possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47931 at http://kunm.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad http://kunm.org/post/iraq-airlifting-volunteer-reinforcements-ramadi <strong>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.<p>The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."<p>"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs," an unidentified police officer told Reuters. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47930 at http://kunm.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://kunm.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47929 at http://kunm.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Marc Neikrug on the 2014 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival http://kunm.org/post/marc-neikrug-2014-santa-fe-chamber-music-festival <p>A distinctive element of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is that its artistic leadership is in the hands of a composer. &nbsp;Marc Neikrug's programming features an ongoing commitment to works by his fellow contemporary composers, alongside music by 18th, 19th and 20th Century masters. &nbsp;This year's Festival, from July 20 through August 25 in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, includes the world premiere of a highly anticipated work for string quartet and soprano by Australian composer Brett Dean.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Spencer Beckwith 47869 at http://kunm.org Marc Neikrug on the 2014 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://kunm.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 47928 at http://kunm.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples http://kunm.org/post/utah-seeks-block-benefits-married-same-sex-couples Utah's attorney general says he will appeal to the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47927 at http://kunm.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://kunm.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 47925 at http://kunm.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://kunm.org/post/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-ramones-dies Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/04/03/135087738/the-ramones-live-26-songs-in-54-minutes">The Ramones</a>, has died. He was 65.<p>An announcement on the band's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theramones?fref=ts">Facebook page</a> said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47926 at http://kunm.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://kunm.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 47924 at http://kunm.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://kunm.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 47920 at http://kunm.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit http://kunm.org/post/people-asked-stress-psychologist-just-about-everything-reddit We've been asking Americans about stress in their lives.<p>On Friday, the tables were turned when Dr. Lynn Bufka, a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety, stress and related problems, came to NPR to take questions on Reddit about coping with stress.<p>Bufka, who works at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., is on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/drbufka">@DrBufka</a>.<p>She said that the questions during the "Ask Me Anything" session were common issues that her patients ask about all the time. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 editor 47922 at http://kunm.org People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago http://kunm.org/post/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-chicago We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 47921 at http://kunm.org What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza http://kunm.org/post/death-toll-rises-120-israeli-airstrikes-gaza <strong>This post updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.<p>Hamas issued a warning that it would target Tel Aviv at 9 p.m. Saturday night and rockets were fired from Gaza right about that time, NPR's Emily Harris says. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47923 at http://kunm.org Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead http://kunm.org/post/rios-statue-restored-brazil-teams-redemption-still-ahead Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 editor 47916 at http://kunm.org The Day That Changed Everything On Mt. Everest http://kunm.org/post/day-changed-everything-mt-everest On April 18, 16 Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Outside Magazine's Grayson Schaffer about the deadliest day in Everest history. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 47919 at http://kunm.org Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire' http://kunm.org/post/jack-antonoff-takes-break-fun-release-desire Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>You may or may not recognize the name. But I'm pretty confident you already know our next guest - Jack Antonoff. Two summers ago, if you had a radio or a phone or just went outside anywhere where speakers exist, you heard Jack Antonoff. He was playing an extra distorted guitar for a band called Fun.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE ARE YOUNG")<p>FUN: (Singing) Tonight we are young. So let's set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.<p>KEITH: He's Fun's lead guitar but he also seems to be a workaholic. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 47918 at http://kunm.org Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://kunm.org/post/governors-talk-infrastructure-annual-meeting The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 47917 at http://kunm.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? http://kunm.org/post/what-can-100-million-buy-you-besides-election-kentucky For the amount of money that's expected to be spent in the Kentucky race for U.S. Senate this year, you could buy a bottle of the state's own Maker's Mark whiskey for nearly every man, woman and child in the state.<p>Some observers say the election could end up as the most expensive Senate race in history, with spending topping $100 million. And why wouldn't it be? It's at the heart of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.<p>The incumbent, Mitch McConnell, is the top Republican in the Senate and could become majority leader. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 47915 at http://kunm.org What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky? Conflict Continues In Gaza Strip, With No Cease-Fire In Sight http://kunm.org/post/israel-continues-bombing-operation-gaza Transcript <p>TAMARA KEITH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Tamara Keith in for Scott Simon. The conflict continues between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli air strikes have killed more than 120 Palestinians since Tuesday morning. In Israel, nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza. There is no cease-fire in sight, but there may be some indications of a slowdown. NPR's Emily Harris joins us from Gaza City. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 47914 at http://kunm.org Kerry Struggles To Resolve Election Crisis In Afghanistan http://kunm.org/post/kerry-struggles-resolve-election-crisis-afghanistan Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kabul to try to resolve an election dispute threatening to derail the country's democratic process. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 editor 47913 at http://kunm.org What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda? http://kunm.org/post/what-if-world-cup-were-awarded-saving-trees-and-drinking-soda The World Cup is down to four teams: Argentina, Germany, Brazil and the Netherlands. We've seen how these nations perform on the soccer field. But how do they perform in the fields of health and development?<p><strong>Poverty</strong><p>The big loser in the semifinals of the World Cup is also lagging behind on the poverty ladder. Roughly 10 percent of Brazil's population — 20 million people — live on less than $2 a day. In Argentina, the figure is below 2 percent. In Germany and the Netherlands, it's basically zero. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:38:00 +0000 Anders Kelto 47909 at http://kunm.org What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda? Israel And Gaza Struck By Rockets, Bombs And A Sense Of Deja Vu http://kunm.org/post/israel-and-gaza-struck-rockets-bombs-and-sense-deja-vu The violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip has taken on a grisly repetition: This is the third time in five years that Israel has bombed Gaza in response to Hamas rocket fire.<p>And as Israel considers what would surely be a bloody ground invasion, it's unclear what such an operation would hope to achieve — or how much things would change.<p>Near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, a 13-year-old Israeli named Moshe Aflalo cups his hands over his mouth and does a spot-on imitation of the sirens that warn of incoming rockets from Gaza. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 editor 47912 at http://kunm.org Israel And Gaza Struck By Rockets, Bombs And A Sense Of Deja Vu How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi http://kunm.org/post/how-private-colleges-are-cheap-sushi In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off. But I can never bring myself to sample the goods. We're talking about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/23/312539745/sushis-secret-why-we-get-hooked-on-raw-fish">a delicacy</a> flown in from around the world. Marking it down drastically just doesn't sit right. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 editor 47910 at http://kunm.org Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked http://kunm.org/post/tech-week-googles-world-cup-play-amazon-sued-and-kids-tracked Summertime in the tech world has made us eager for some lighter news, which you can find below. But the weightier legal battles in technology continue, as highlighted in our Big Conversation section. And links we think you should see are filed under Curiosities. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Elise Hu 47911 at http://kunm.org Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked