Mon July 25, 2011
School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis

From Drug Dealing To Diploma, A Teen's Struggle

Patrick Lundvick, 19, dropped out, spent time in jail and is now getting a second chance in South Chicago.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

First of a five-part series

No statistic in education is more damning than the nation's dropout rate. Almost 4 million students start ninth grade every year. One in four won't graduate.

About half of those who drop out every year are black. Most will end up unemployed, and by their mid-30s, six out of 10 will have spent time in prison. In Chicago, one young man dropped out, spent time in jail and is now getting a second chance.

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Mon July 25, 2011
Culture And Traditions

Circumcision: Age-Old Rite Faces Modern Concerns

Ross and Susanna 2
Barbara Bradley Hagerty NPR

For many couples, having a baby is a spiritual experience. For Jews, there's another, religious, element that is intrinsic to the Jewish identity. Nearly all Jewish parents have their baby boys circumcised, as commanded by God in the Bible. And yet, for some Jewish couples, whether to circumcise or not is becoming an agonizing decision.

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Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Bear Attack Nearly Ends In Tragedy For Teens In Alaska Training Course

Two teenagers are in an Anchorage hospital after a bear attack in the Alaska wilderness over the weekend. Joshua Berg, 17, of New City, N.Y., and Samuel Gottsegen, 17, of Denver were part of a group of seven teenagers who came upon a grizzly bear and her cub near the end of a 30-day backcountry training course.

Denver TV station KMGH interviewed Gottsegen:

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Mon July 25, 2011
Author Interviews

Writer's Mystery Endures, Long After He Vanished

Everett Ruess was a young explorer, writer and artist who vanished in 1934 while hiking in the Utah desert.

Everett Ruess could have been one of this country's greatest wilderness writers, a poet and author on a par with John Muir or Edward Abbey.

But we'll never know for sure, because Ruess disappeared without a trace in November 1934. With two burros trailing behind him, he left the remote southern Utah town of Escalante, heading down the desolate Hole-in-the-Rock Trail towards the Colorado River in search of his favorite things: beauty and solitude.

About a week down the trail, Ruess ran into two sheepherders and camped with them for a couple of nights.

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Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Amy Winehouse Autopsy Deemed Inconclusive

Amy Winehouse onstage in London in 2007.
Hayley Madden Redferns

London police said an autopsy failed to establish how Grammy-award winning singer Amy Winehouse died. Police will have to wait for further toxicology reports, which will be ready in two to four weeks.

The AP reports:

A coroner opened and adjourned an inquest into the unexplained death, leaving Winehouse's family free to plan her funeral. A private family service could be held as early as Tuesday.

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Mon July 25, 2011
Rental markets

Apartment Vacancies Hit New Ten-year Low

CO Division of Housing

State housing officials say median rents in the Denver metro area are rising slightly, as apartment vacancies drop to a new ten-year low.

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Mon July 25, 2011
Summer Drive 2011

THANK YOU: Summer Membership Drive

► $66,347 raised in support of programming on KUNC ◄

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Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

After A Sharp Debate, Malta Set To Legalize Divorce

Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, right, celebrates the victory of the "yes" camp with yes movement chairman Deborah Schembri in the non-binding referendum to legalise divorce in Malta at a polling station in Valetta in May.
Ben Borg Cardona AFP/Getty Images

It was the only European Union member without divorce legislation, but starting in October disenchanted couples will no longer have to leave Malta to get divorced. Today's vote in parliament follows a referendum vote in May in which 53 percent of Maltese voted in favor of legalizing divorce.

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Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Venezuela's Chavez Vows To Run For Re-Election In 2012, And Beyond

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is determined to stay in office for years to come despite treatment for a cancerous tumor in Cuba. In an interview published by the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco, Chavez said he would run for re-election in 2012 and suggested he hoped to remain in office until 2031.

The AP reports that Chavez, despite a personal illness and a struggling economy, is still popular with many Venezuelans:

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Mon July 25, 2011
It's All Politics

Debt-Ceiling Fight Comes Down Whether Or Not To Have Election Year Redo

Originally published on Mon July 25, 2011 11:58 am

Speaker John Boehner walks through the U.S. Capitol, July 25, 2011.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Who wants a debt-ceiling fight during an election year?

Setting aside all the details, important as they are, about raising revenues and cutting spending, the crux of the fight is now clearly more than anything else about when to have the next debt-ceiling battle after the one now playing out before our eyes.

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