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Friday's Stories January 30, 2015

Mother Of Slain Student Pushes To Expand DNA Databases

Gil Harrington wants Virginia's DNA database to include people convicted of Class 1 misdemeanors.

Arctic Drilling Restrictions Strike A Nerve In Alaska

Alaska Governor Bill Walker argues the president's proposed drilling ban would harm the state's economy.

Recipes: Boston Vs. Seattle Super Bowl Snacks

Maine chef Kathy Gunst and Seattle chef Jess Thompson share East and West Coast versions of chowder, seafood and the classic Super Bowl snack: wings.

Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President In 2016

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Is Hosting The Super Bowl Worth It?

The mayor of Glendale, Arizona, says the city needs help shouldering the cost of hosting the NFL's most extravagant sporting event.

12:50 PM EST Comment

Amid National Racial Turmoil, New York Times Drops Its Race Beat

Race and ethnicity reporter Tanzina Vega has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courts. NPR's David Folkenflik weighs in.

1:25 PM EST Comment

Fans Without Tickets Share Super Bowl Camaraderie

In Phoenix, the NFL is not just putting on a game and a halftime show for the masses, it’s also putting on a community experience.

1:06 PM EST 2 Comments

Mitt Romney's Not Running, So Who's Got Ground Game In Iowa?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have been moving quickly to firm up support in Iowa.

1:12 PM EST Comment

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog 'Unlivable'

A U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years describes what it's like to run in the smoggy city.

12:12 PM EST Comment

Militants Strike Baghdad And Northern City In Iraq

Violence erupted in Iraq today when Islamic State fighters attacked a crowded market with double suicide bombs.

1:40 PM EST Comment

Cowboy Poets Gather At Annual Celebration

Cattle rancher Gaul Steiger comes from a long line of cowboy poets. We revisit our conversation with him.

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Miami Beach Marks 100th Anniversary With New Music

The New World Symphony will perform the world premiere of a piece by composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

1:35 PM EST Comment

U.S. Economic Growth Falls Short In Fourth Quarter

The economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October to December period -- short of economists' expectations.

1:55 PM EST Comment

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet And Performer, Dies At 81

McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs, poems and records.

Music From The Show

From Monster Rally to These New Puritans.

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January 26 4 Comments

Limitations Of Winter Freeze Inspire Maine Chef

The food at Vinland in downtown Portland is 100 percent locally sourced, even in the dead of winter.

January 26 Comment

Mayors Examine Community Policing

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has new recommendations on community policing, in the wake of Ferguson.

January 23 6 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23 4 Comments

How To Keep That Fitness Resolution

It's that time of year when the post-New Year's crowd at the gym starts to thin. We get advice on how to stick with it.

January 22 2 Comments

The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 29 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 21 25 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 21 2 Comments

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president's plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.

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January 29 Comment

DJ Sessions: Go Deadhead

The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years since the band's start this year.

January 29 15 Comments

Middle-Aged And Living Alone

"There might be an initial honeymoon period, but what does living alone eventually do to you?" Sandra Tsing Loh asks.

January 28 15 Comments

Zillow And ‘The New Rules Of Real Estate’

The CEO and chief economist of the groundbreaking real estate website explain how the rules have changed.

January 27 123 Comments

Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican's tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.