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Afghan officials reportedly inflated the number of students to make the education system appear more successful that it has been, according to the U.S. inspector for Afghanistan's reconstruction.
The country may have serious problems, but we apparently do not want a president who takes himself (or herself) too seriously.
A quarter of U.S. physicians are older than 65 and there are no national guidelines for assessing late-career skills. Some say the lack of oversight, especially for surgeons, is cause for concern.
First up, we'll talk about what the Fed makes of your shopping habits — What we're earning and how we're spending it factors into what the Fed plans to do with interest rates. And with the announcement that a new $10 bill will feature a woman in 2020, we'll take a look at why Hamilton's face, and not Jackson's, is being replaced. And construction of an 18-story optical-infrared telescope was set to begin on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, but native Hawaiian activists protested the telescope would harm the environment and desecrate a sacred mountain. We'll talk about the controversy surrounding the $1.4 billion project.
Police in Charleston, S.C., released a photograph of a man with sandy blonde hair, who they suspect opened fire on one of the city's oldest historically black churches.
Have you noticed lately how every city seems to have its own film festival — And we’re not talking Sundance or Cannes. Most are small affairs, unencumbered by Hollywood royalty and studio execs writing big checks for small movies.
How do all those festivals stay in business?
Putting on a film festival takes money. And funding is as all-over-the-map as the film festivals themselves.
In some places, like Toronto, the city pitches in $1 million a year.
"Towns and cities are highly aware of the potential tourism dollars it might bring," says Tamara Falicov, an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas.
A lot of smaller festivals don’t have that kind of backing. "I recently read a survey that many, many festivals are barely surviving and they depend a lot on filmmaker submission fees," says Falicov.
Those fees range from $10 to $100-plus, and they are becoming more and more contentious.
Josh Welsh, the president of Film Independent, which puts on the LA Film Festival, says the non-profit spends a lot of the year raising money to put on the fest. It gets cash from philanthropic donors. It sell tickets. And, his organization, like many festivals, depends on corporate sponsorship, "that's a very significant piece of it."
Companies see the film festival goers as an audience they want for themselves.
Avian flu has had a huge effect on the nation's turkey and egg operations; shrinking supplies and lifting prices for egg products, in particular. But farms that raise chickens for their meat — known as broilers — have largely been spared from avian flu.
And the latest monthly report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service says broiler prices are actually ticking down. The supply of broilers appears to be exceeding demand.
“You have two factors contributing to more domestic supply: increased production and a decreased amount of markets that can be exported to,” says Alex Melton, a poultry economist with the USDA.
A number of countries are spooked about avian flu and are limiting imports of U.S. poultry products. China and South Korea have enacted total bans.
“So broiler meat is impacted even if broilers have not been found to catch the virus,” Melton says.
It's still not clear why farms that raise the chickens we eat have mostly dodged the avian flu. Some experts speculate it could have to do with the producers’ biosecurity measures.
Carol Cardona, an avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota, says the short lifespan of broiler chickens could also play a role. She says they only live for about six weeks, compared to hens that lay eggs, which live about a year. Cardona says a lot of biosecurity mistakes can happen over that longer period.
“What you have with the layers being hit versus the broilers is an odds game,” she says.
The broiler price declines play out at the wholesale level first — grocery store chains and fast food companies see prices drop before we do.
But Bruce Babcock, an economist at Iowa State University, expects the declines will trickle down to consumers.
“I bet we'll see some reduction in the retail price of chicken in the next six months,” he says.
Babcock says that could steer more consumers to chicken, and away from pricier meats, like beef.
The Treasury Department is asking for public input to help decide which historically-significant woman will appear on the $10 bill. The agency announced that it will unveil the new paper currency design with a portrait of a woman by 2020.
The move comes after a popular online campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill. The $10 bill won out, instead, because it has already been scheduled for a refresh, as of 2013.
"I like to think of our paper money as pocket monuments," says Susan Ades Stone, executive director of the Women On 20s campaign. "By putting women on our paper money, it's a way of showing the world that we are committed to gender equality."
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