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Celebrations In Crimea — And Worries Among Troops Left Behind

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 12:00

Now that Crimea has voted to separate from Ukraine and join Russia, Ukrainian troops still stationed on the peninsula have become even less secure.

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Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 12:00

By age 3, kids in low-income households have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers, research shows. In Providence, R.I., a home visit program is focused on boosting vocabulary.

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Crimea: What's Next?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:58

Now that Crimea has voted in favor of union with Russia, it's up to Moscow to decide on annexation of the territory. Here's a look at the choices facing the major players in the Crimea crisis.

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Terry's father 'racially abused' man

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:44
Former England captain John Terry's father headbutted and racially abused a man in a drunken row over a cigarette, a court hears.

Scientists Search For Toxins In Cigarette Smoke Residue

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:32

Chemicals in cigarette smoke can settle on clothes, furniture and walls. Researchers call this thirdhand smoke and say laboratory experiments suggest it could be hazardous.

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Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:26

Programs — some already on your smartphone — are preparing useful information based on your past behavior, ushering in the era of predictive, or anticipatory, computing.

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The price of winning Crimea

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:20

Analysts predict Russia could spend up to $3 billion a year just to keep Crimea afloat. Instability in the region has cast a shadow over tourism, a major part of the Crimean economy. It's also unclear what might happen to Ukranian state property in Crimea. As for international economic sanctions, right now, they only target a handful of Russian and Ukranian officials, but the U.S. and Europe have warned those sanctions could be escalated, making many international investors nervous, and posing a further threat to Russia's economy. 

Do you wanna live forever?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:19

From the Marketplace Datebook, here’s a look at what’s coming up on March 18:  

  • In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on construction of new homes for February.
  • It’s National Biodiesel Day, observed on the birthday of engineer Rudolf Diesel.
  • And do you wanna live forever? Irene Cara sung all about it in the hit song “Fame.” It’s her birthday tomorrow. She’ll be 55.

MP 'groped' man in Commons bar

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:14
A man tells a court he was groped by MP Nigel Evans while he drank with a group of friends in a House of Commons bar.

Goodman 'hacked Tom Parker Bowles'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:12
Ex-News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman hacked the phones of Tom Parker Bowles and a royal aide to Princes William and Harry, a court hears.

'Pellet gun' teacher reinstated

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:03
A physics teacher who was sacked for accidentally shooting a student with a pellet gun during an experiment, is reinstated.

Grimshaw completes Sport Relief ride

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 11:02
The Radio 1 DJ and other celebrities have cycled 1,000 miles as part of BBC Radio Around the World for Sport Relief.

Why the business card keeps on keepin' on

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:56

Nelson Arencibia did not set out to become a business card expert. But there he stands, his hands overflowing with business cards.

"Look," he says, sifting through a pile of cards, "Four Seasons Hotel, Jerry Weed, director of engineering... You have SMB Architects... The Spiced Nut Factory. 'Spiced nuts perfect for -- dot, dot, dot.'"

As general manager of Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill in Coconut Grove, Fla., Arencibia is responsible for the monthly business card drawing for a free lunch. Over his 14 years at the restaurant, Arencibia has seen thousands upon thousands of business cards.

The box for free lunch drawings at Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill in Coconut Grove, Fla, which has held thousands upon thousands of business cards. (Photo: Kenny Malone)

"That’s the restaurant business for you," he says, "you meet everybody from the senator to the plumber."

Flanigan’s is as interested as ever in paper business cards; the general public is not. Google searches for the words "business cards" have dropped off by about 50 percent over the last decade.

And yet: There still appears to be a place for the paper business card.

The company Moo, which helped popularize those fancy little business cards with stylish designs on the back, printed 108 million cards in 2013 -- up by more than 400 percent from 2008.

Stephanie Shore, Moo’s vice president of marketing, thinks the digital world has left people more desperate than ever for tangible, personal interactions.

"When you’re looking at someone’s business card," says Shore, "it’s like you’re looking someone in the eye. You want to understand what someone’s doing, you want to have a real connection."

A real connection that comes with real benefits.

"When you give someone a paper card, they have to pull it out of their pocket when they get home, so they look at it," says Cynthia Henry Duval, associate director of Career and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University. "They put [the card] on their desk -- and it probably sits on their desk for about a week or so -- and then they pick it up because now they have to do something with it. And so that’s three points of contact with your information."

Compare that, says Duval, to what happens if someone gives contact information digitally: "It’s basically Rolodex-ed never to be seen again."

This is a key benefit, as demonstrated by Nelson Arencibian at Flanigan’s.

While flipping through the February business card entries, Arencibia remembers something. "As a matter of fact," he says, "I have [a particularly interesting card] in my car that I saved from this guy that’s an artist."

That’s all Arencibia can remember. This artist would be almost impossible to find if Arencibia had only input a name and number into his cell phone. Instead, he grabs his keys, walks into the parking lot, ducks into his car and pulls out a colorful business card.

"So his name is Ralph Cabrera. He’s a professional illustrator," says Arencibia. "But I thought it was cool. Little Superman here, things like that. All the artwork he does."

Arguably, Ralph Cabrera’s business card shows precisely why there’s still a place for paper business cards. It was personal and tangible; that’s why Arencibia kept it. Because the contact information wasn’t just "Rolodex-ed never to be seen again," Arencibia could produce the card, without initially recalling the artist’s name.

"Well, I’m here," says artist Ralph Cabrera, "because a card that somebody showed you. So it does work."

Ralph Cabrera worked for Marvel and DC Comics for about 15 years. Now he primarily does storyboards and mock-ups for advertising firms.

The flip side to his momentary business card success, is a cautionary business card tale.

That card he handed to Nelson Arencibia, it was actually a replacement card for a far less successful design. Cabrera pulls one of those old cards out of his bag.

"It’s got a black background, it’s a bold statement," he says. "I thought it worked well at the time."

"At the time" was any time before November 2009. Because the centerpiece of this card is a beautiful drawing, done by Cabrera, of golf legend Tiger Woods. And in November of 2009, a parade of alleged Tiger Woods mistresses started showing up.

"No one really wanted to look at my card at that point," says Cabrera. "My wife looked at it and says, 'man, we still have like another 3,500!'"

Cabrera had to scrap them all and make a brand new card. This time, the featured graphic was a cartoon drawing of Cabrera drawing a cartoon.

The old business card of Ralph Cabrera (top) became a liability in Nov. 2009 when Tiger Woods' marriage started to unravel rather publicly - so he made a new one (bottom).

It’s a card that can teach two important lessons. Number one: Business cards can still work wonders. But maybe more importantly, says Cabrera, "just showcase yourself. You don’t use somebody else, you don’t endorse anybody else."

VIDEO: 'There's more to life than margin'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:55
Stoke-based potter Emma Bridgewater discusses the difficulties of balancing starting a business with family life, and her pride in her local workforce.

FA set to reject Hull City name change

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:53
The Football Association is advised by its membership committee to reject Hull City's plan to change their name to Tigers.

Even If You Don't Have Symptoms, You May Still Have The Flu

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:35

Roughly one in five unvaccinated people had the flu between 2006 and 2011, but only a quarter of them had symptoms, a study found. That could affect how the virus spreads.

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CCTV of fatal hit-and-run Porsche

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:29
Police release CCTV footage of a sports car involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Manchester.

Earthquake felt near Los Angeles

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:29
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake strikes the Los Angeles, California, area, rattling nerves but causing no major damage or injury or deaths.

Me and my codpiece

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:27
Why I will never forget wearing a 16th Century codpiece

Missing baby found 'safe and well'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:24
Police in the West Midlands find a missing nine-week old girl "safe and well" and arrest her father.

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