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After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 12:33

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.

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The Neighs Have It: Horse Outruns Man, But Just Barely

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 12:31

The annual Man v. Horse Marathon in Wales sounds like a lopsided contest favoring racers with four feet. But scientists say that Homo sapiens evolved to be incredible endurance athletes, too.

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Farah attention depressing - Philip

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 12:30
GB sprinter Asha Philip says the recent attention on double Olympic champion Mo Farah has heaped negativity on the sport.

There's a new festival circuit for diehard TV fans

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-19 12:24

It's been said we’re in a second golden age of television. There’s more content on more platforms than ever before, but the sheer volume of TV shows can make it hard for new programs to stand out. Enter the television fest. It’s like a film festival but for episodic content. Elizabeth Wagmeister writes for Variety, and she recently covered the TV festival circuit in a piece called "Why Television Is Hitting the Road for Festivals." 

On why TV shows are turning to festivals: 

 Festivals make sense for television because the TV industry is booming … festivals are a great place for new shows and returning shows to get exposure. The best fans for TV are the ones that are going to these festivals…. When they’re there, they’re going to go on Facebook. They’re going to go on Instagram, and then the buzz spreads. 

On how TV festivals operate: 

Some of them will have different screenings at a time, so you have to choose. A big example of that is Comi-Con, which of course is film and TV, but there’s so many fans that want to go that every room is jam packed. Other ones, they’ll just have one screening at a time and it depends on how mature these festivals are. 

Kansas City Royals Are Running The Bases In All-Star Game Balloting

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 12:07

Major League Baseball has invalidated millions of online ballots for next month's game. Officials say ballots are invalidated every year, but the Royals' strong showing this year has raised eyebrows.

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Blatter backs integrity checks

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:58
Fifa president Sepp Blatter backs a proposal for the organisation's top officials to pass integrity checks.

Tour owner could quit UCI calendar

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:23
Tour organiser Amaury Sport Organisation may pull its races from the 2016 UCI international calendar, it has been claimed.

#NPRreads: Wealthier Grays And The Intersection Of Race And Guns

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:21

This week's selection of articles and essays covers a surprising economic fact about seniors, the psychological damage done to juveniles in solitary and a look at the South Carolina church shooting.

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$1 Million Bond For Church Shooting Suspect

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:10

Dylann Roof appeared via videolink for a court hearing today, where he stood expressionless as victims' family members poured out their emotions.

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Karlovic breaks ATP aces record

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:02
Croatia's Ivo Karlovic sets a new record for aces in a three-set match, firing 45 to beat Tomas Berdych in Halle.

Iran bars women from volleyball tie

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 11:00
Activists express anger as Iran bars women from a volleyball match against the US despite an earlier promise they would be allowed to attend.

Charleston relatives 'forgive gunman'

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:47
Relatives of some of the churchgoers shot dead in South Carolina address the suspected gunman in court and say they forgive him.

Man dies after two-vehicle crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:42
A man in his 20s has died following a two vehicle crash near Crumlin, County Antrim.

Why Ebola Won't Go Away In West Africa

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:26

Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.

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Jon Stewart, Jamelle Bouie, And Others Weigh In On The Charleston Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:24

We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a historic black church.

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Jon Stewart, Jamelle Bouie, And Others Weigh In On The Charleston Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:24

We rounded up a few sharp thoughts in the wake of Wednesday night's horrific attack on a black church.

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Murray reaches last four at Queen's

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 10:16
Andy Murray overcomes a fine display by Gilles Muller to reach the semi-finals at Queen's Club with a three-set victory.

VIDEO: Margate's Dreamland opens to the public

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:58
A funfair that formed the centrepiece of seaside days out for generations of day-trippers has reopened after an £18m restoration.

In Bid To Reshape Violent Image, Juárez Dismantles 'No More Weapons' Sign

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:56

The sign was erected by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón as a protest to the illegal trade of weapons with the U.S. In recent years, the drug violence in the city has receded.

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Brazil Arrests Heads Of 2 Construction Giants In Petrobras Probe

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-19 09:32

The two executives, at Odebrecht SA and Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in early morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.

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