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Rundown for July 23, 2012
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Penn State Fined $60M, Wins Vacated From ’98-11

The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal Monday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football’s winningest coach.

12:15 PM EDT 22 Comments

What Colorado Shooting Means For Gun Control

Washington Post politics reporter Chris Cillizza says though the Colorado shootings will reignite the debate over gun control, they probably won’t change it much.

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Times-Picayune Journalist Decides To Stay Despite Cutbacks

Times-Picayune Journalist Mark Schleifstein was called the “prophet of Katrina’s wrath” for his pre-storm prediction of New Orleans’ vulnerability to flooding. When recent staff cuts were made, he decided to stay at the paper.

12:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Somerville, Mass. Mayor: ‘This Is Not About Losing Weight, It’s About How We Live’

The mayor of once-gritty Somerville, Massachusetts gives us a progress report on an anti-obesity initiative that’s seen the creation of new parks, playgrounds, gardens and bike lanes.

12:50 PM EDT 21 Comments

Is It Time To Rethink Violent Entertainment Culture?

“Maybe it’s worth having a discussion about an entertainment culture that excels at selling violent power fantasies to people who feel powerless,” the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr writes.

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How Bits Of Pink Chewing Gum In A Pouch Changed Baseball

The story of Big League Chew starts in a bullpen, where two pitchers didn't like players' habit of chewing tobacco.

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The Epic Rise And Fall Of BlackBerry

How does a company go from controlling half the world's smartphone market to less than 1 percent?

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Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports there is no relief in sight for California farmers and wildlife ravaged by drought.

May 27 21 Comments

Comedy Writer Brings ‘The Tweet Of God’ To Broadway

"An Act of God," starring Jim Parsons, was born out of David Javerbaum's parody Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod.