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The Two-Way
6:02 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

A photo from 2011 shows Roberto Gómez Bolaños and his wife Florinda Meza at the 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. Bolaños reportedly died on Friday at age 85.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a popular Mexican comedic actor and screenwriter known by the nickname "Chespirito," has died at age 85 after a long illness, Latin Times reports.

The newspaper says Bolaños died of heart failure in Cancun.

The Associated Press notes: "His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like Captain Kangaroo in the United States.

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Do More Boots On The Border Equal Security?

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

When President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration system, this was the first thing on his list.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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Business
5:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Despite Cold Weather And Protesters, Shoppers Seek Black Friday Sales

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Black Friday can signify a lot of different things. It can mean braving freezing temperatures in Minnesota like this.

SHACARAH REYNOLDS: I'm out here with everyone else for a TV.

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This Week's Must Read
5:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Since George Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin, I've been repeating these words by the poet Audre Lorde like a prayer. She writes:

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother's milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

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Television
5:33 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Diversity On 'The Walking Dead' Wasn't Always Handled Well

Chad Coleman, left and Sonequa Martin-Green star as Tyreese and Sasha on AMC's The Walking Dead.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Language advisory: Quotes from The Walking Dead in this story contain language some find offensive.


For The Walking Dead, it was less like a conversation between two characters and more like a mini manifesto.

The moment came during an episode called "Four Walls and Roof," as Bob Stookey spoke to hero Rick Grimes about a central theme this season: keeping your humanity in midst of a zombie apocalypse.

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Code Switch
3:36 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

A 'Dreamer' With Parents Still In The Shadows

Aashana Vishnani's graduation from the Auburn University last year.
Courtesy of Aashana Vishnani

Aashana Vishnani is a "dreamer" in the truest sense of the word.

She came to the United States when she was only 10 years old. Her accent is more Alabamian than Indian. She loves to sing and aspires to someday perform in musicals like Rent or Hairspray. She is also a huge college football fan. Her favorite team is Auburn University, her alma mater where she received a merit-based full-tuition scholarship.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

Police tape marks off the scene after authorities apparently shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday.
Jim Vertuno AP

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 1:06 pm

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

A gunman who fired more than 100 rounds into government buildings in Austin, Texas, and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate early this morning is dead.

Kate McGee reports for member station KUT that initially officers thought the man might also be wearing an explosive vest, but after a bomb squad examined the body, determined that he was not.

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The Two-Way
11:56 am
Fri November 28, 2014

America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Police are on guard as shoppers line up for a Black Friday sale at a Tesco store in Cardiff, Britain.
Mattthew Horwood EPA/Landov

Black Friday is in full swing in U.S. stores and online, with shoppers across the country hoping to snatch up Christmas bargains.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales over the same period last year, bringing the total to $616.9 billion. It would be the biggest jump in sales since 2011. The NRF has a breakdown of shopping behavior last year posted here.

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Monkey See
10:21 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kid Stuff And Leftover Outtakes

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It's a holiday weekend for many of us, but we've still got a fresh episode — and a sparkly new panelist in the fourth chair: Guy Raz, host of NPR's TED Radio Hour. When we asked Guy about coming on the show, we learned that pop-culture-wise, he — like our own Stephen Thompson — spends a lot of time sharing stuff with his kids. So this seemed like a good week to get around to Disney's current hit, Big Hero 6. But not just that! We also cover new shows on Amazon, old films Stephen will harass you into seeing, and lots more.

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Shots - Health News
9:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

In the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, all Ralphie wanted was a BB gun.
The Kobal Collection/MGM/UA

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 9:51 am

If you've seen the classic movie A Christmas Story, you know that Ralphie really, really wanted that BB gun. And you know that his mother, his teacher, even the department store Santa all said: "You'll shoot your eye out."

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All Tech Considered
8:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City

New York data blogger Ben Wellington sits next to a fire hydrant Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. His investigation into the city's parking ticket data found that two Lower Manhattan hydrants on consecutive blocks in Manhattan generated $55,000 a year for the city — off of cars that appeared to be parked legally.
RIchard Villa OZY

It may have been the fire hydrants that certified Ben Wellington as the king of New York's "open data" movement.

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Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Squirrels Interfere With Cincinnati Zoo's Light Display

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Around the Nation
7:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Scrawny Tree Gets Charlie Brown Treatment

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Test Your Medical Smarts: Does This Patient Have Ebola?

In a training session for health workers in West Africa run by WHO, Ebola survivors play the part of Ebola victims.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 10:58 am

Ebola is elusive and stealthy, so a medical degree doesn't automatically prepare a health worker to figure out if a new patient is a likely Ebola case.

The symptoms mimic other diseases. Fever, chills and vomiting could also signal malaria or maybe just a heavy night of drinking. If clinicians guess wrong, they might accidentally put an uninfected person into a treatment area with patients who have contracted the virus.

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History
5:31 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Research: Long Connection Between Fraternities And Sexual Assault

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 7:16 am

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