Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:28 am
Some schools don't have heat. Others are serving their students shelf-safe milk.
But today, most of New York City's 1,700 schools reopened for the first time since Sandy devastated the northeast. NPR's Margot Adler has been working her way through Manhattan. She visited PS-41 in Greenwich Village and reports everything was great. But then, as she walked west on Houston St. all the way to East River, she stopped by Bard High School Early College.
Each dot represents one case of mumps between late June 2009 and late June 2010.
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Two boys study together at a Chicago yeshiva in 2009. Public health officials say this type of close physical contact helped fuel a mumps outbreak throughout several orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.
Last week, we wrote about an outbreak of mumps within several Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.
We told you how the outbreak spread so rapidly in 2009 that public health officials tried something that hadn't been done before. Doctors gave uninfected children who'd already been immunized a third booster shot of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. Two doses is the usual regimen.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 1:51 pm
Let's hope what happened in Florida over the weekend is not a prelude to Election Day.
Just take what happened at a polling place in Miami-Dade County in South Florida: After early voting on Saturday was plagued by long lines — some voters waited up to six hours — officials decided to allow voters in one location to request and turn in absentee ballots.
Shortly after that polling place opened, it was shut down on directions from Republican Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Women use wordplay to protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's position on women's health care outside the Hyatt Regency, where Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser, on March 22 in Washington, D.C.
Anyone who traveled to Breezy Point, Queens, in New York City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, even as recently as a few of days ago, would have needed an SUV — its main thoroughfare was under 3 feet of water. Today, you can see pavement. It sounds like a small victory, but this beachfront, blue-collar town is willing to accept progress in increments.
Gas customers on foot with portable containers and lines of vehicles wait for gas pumps to open at a service station on Saturday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that resolving gas shortages could take days.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 12:22 pm
The two sisters, Kaytlynn and Heather Welsch, have competed in over 70 endurance events, including rugged 13-mile trail runs, triathlons, and half-marathons. They are earning national attention, even more for their youth than their impressive athletic performances: They are 12 and 10 years old.
China's Communist Party elite stand at the 16th Party Congress in Beijing in November 2002, the last time the country underwent a sweeping generational change of leadership. A transition is slated to occur again this month.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 22. U.S. voters go to the polls Tuesday.
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The Intelligence Squared panel, from left to right: Daniel Bell, Daniel Fung, moderator Louisa Lim, Kenneth Lieberthal and Ronny Tong Ka-wah.
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Soldiers pose in front of portraits of China's top Communist leaders (from left, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and President Hu Jintao) at an exhibit before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, scheduled to begin Thursday in Beijing. China's next leader will be unveiled at the congress.
This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.
Today scientists working on the Mars Curiosity Rover mission made an important announcement: The rover used its lasers to "sniff" for methane. As NASA explains, methane is a "precursor chemical" for life, because creatures like us produce methane.
The Rover came up empty, or rather the most sensitive measurements ever taken in the planet's atmosphere reveal "little to no methane."