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12:17 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bob Ojeda: Pitching Through The Pain

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:27 pm

Over the course of his 14 years in baseball, Bob Ojeda threw more than 1,000 strikeouts and countless pitches across the plate.

The lefty, who spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets, retired in 1994 after winning a World Series in 1986 and leading the American League in shutouts in 1984.

During that entire time, his left pitching arm hurt.

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Krulwich Wonders...
11:49 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Med Student Rescues Body Part From Airport Security

The section of trachea with two days of cell growth, immediately before Castillo's implant surgery.
Harvard Bioscience

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:55 pm

No, said airline security, you can't take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it's forbidden.

But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.

We have no record of your request, said the airline.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:09 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Pills On The Job: Companies Add Prescription Services

On-the-job filling of prescriptions is becoming more common.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 12:37 pm

Nearly everybody has to fill a prescription now and then. For a lot us, there are several to fill each month.

To make it easier, some companies are adding drug dispensaries to their on-site health clinics. Others offer concierge services that deliver drugs right to workers' desks.

Now, it's true that people could also fill their usual prescriptions by mail, something many employers and managers of pharmacy benefits encourage with lower copays.

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The Salt
10:23 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Five Facts About Pie That Might Surprise You, And A Survey

Apple is the most popular pie — or is it?
Diane Diederich iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 11:45 am

As American as apple pie, a pie in the hand is worth two on the sill, and how about a cream pie in the face?

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Around the Nation
7:26 am
Tue June 19, 2012

N.C. Elephant Is The First To Get Contact Lenses

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

At the zoo in North Carolina C'sar the elephant seemed sad. He was lethargic and losing weight. Vets thought it was his poor eyesight. Cataract surgery helped but now he's far sighted. So his caretakers ordered contact lenses — they'll be a bit smaller than tennis balls.

Business
4:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

It's Taxis Vs. Limos In Laid-Back Portland

Portland, Ore., imposes two different fare structures on taxis and other kinds of short-trip vehicles. Two town car companies say those different rules are unconstitutional.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

With just over a half-million residents, Portland, Ore., is not exactly a major metropolis. In this bike- and mass-transit-friendly city, there are typically more bikes and buses plying the downtown streets than taxis and town cars.

So when Mike Porter wanted to drum up business for his town car company, he did what a lot of businesses do: He took out a Groupon ad, offering a discounted fare to or from the airport.

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U.S.
4:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone

Brian Tessier, who adopted two children as a single father, with son Ben. Tessier has started a hotline for prospective single dads.
Erika Hart Courtesy of Brian Tessier

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:22 pm

B.J. Holt always wanted to be a dad. As he approached 40, with no life partner in sight, he felt a version of the ticking biological clock.

"The 'having the children thing' started to overwhelm the desire to have the relationship first," Holt says. "They sort of switched on me."

So Holt decided to go it alone. A few years ago, he used an egg donor and a surrogate to create a family of his own.

First came Christina, now 4, a strawberry-blond bundle of energy who loves to stage ballet performances in the living room of their New York City apartment.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Jury: Roger Clemens Not guilty Of Perjury

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

A federal jury has acquitted baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens on all charges. The jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress and of obstructing a congressional investigation into performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg was in the courtroom. She has this report.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Microsoft's Surface Tablet To Compete With iPad

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now in Hollywood last night, Microsoft unveiled its newest product: a tablet computer to compete with the iPad. Putting out a computer is an unusual move for Microsoft, which is mostly known for software.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco was at the announcement.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a photo studio for the stars, Microsoft engineers revealed their snazzy new tablet, which they call Surface.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Around the Nation
4:58 am
Tue June 19, 2012

U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 9:48 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.

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Around the Nation
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

A Whole Lot Of Hollerin' To Save A Dying Art

National hollerin' champion Tony Peacock lets loose for the crowd at this year's National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, N.C.
Lauren Justice The Fayetteville Observer

For most young people, "hollerin'," now often shortened to "hollaaa," is part of pop culture slang. But once upon a time, hollerin' brought to mind a different culture.

Drive an hour south of Raleigh, N.C., and you might stumble upon Spivey's Corner. It's a tiny hamlet, not really a town — one stoplight, no post office.

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All Tech Considered
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Lights, Camera, YouTube: A New Studio Cashes In On An Entertainment Revolution

Lisa Donovan spoofs the film 300 in a 2007 YouTube video that pits her against a FedEx guy. Donovan's videos became so successful, she was able to make a living off selling ads on them.
via YouTube

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 8:54 pm

Over the past year, YouTube has spent tens of millions of dollars to commission professionals to make content for the site — but those pros aren't necessarily coming from traditional TV and film studios.

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Animals
4:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Massive N.M. Fire Threatens Endangered Fish

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Ash and charred debris from the largest wildfire in New Mexico's history are threatening the survival of the Gila trout. Biologists are trying to save the fish by using electroshock to temporarily stun the trout and re-locate it to a hatchery. The trout is an endangered species that can be found only in four streams within the Gila Wilderness. Melissa Blocks talks to Jim Brooks, Project Leader of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, about his team's efforts to save the trout.

Law
4:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sandusky Defense Team Calls First Witnesses

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:22 pm

The first witnesses for the defense testified Monday in the trial of Jerry Sandusky. The former Penn State football coach is charged with more than 50 counts in a child sex abuse case. Joel Rose is in Pennsylvania and talks to Melissa Block.

Around the Nation
4:39 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Calling All Listeners For The 'NPR Cities Project'

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block ask for audience input for the NPR Cities Project, where Americans across the country share more about the heart of their city. Learn how to contribute pictures and sound at npr.org/nprcities. You can also follow the project on Twitter @nprcities.

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