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Rundown for July 23, 2012
12:06 PM EST 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 EST 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.

12:35 PM EST Comment

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 EST 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 EST 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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March 2 13 Comments

The Beanie Baby Boom And Bust – What Happened?

Zac Bissonnette drew on hundreds of interviews to write a book about "mass delusion and the dark side of cute."

March 2 5 Comments

Russian Opposition MP Reacts To Nemtsov Killing

The sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea discusses the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

February 27 5 Comments

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks go back "thousands and thousands of years," according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

February 27 12 Comments

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to "opt out" of assessment tests.