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2:32am

Fri July 29, 2011
StoryCorps

The Man Behind The Lilliputian Stripper

Mort Segal and Joan Feldman remembered their dad at StoryCorps in New York City.
StoryCorps

Jack Segal made his living booking novelty acts from the 1940s to the 1960s in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. There were more than 500 hotels and resorts in the region.

"He employed performers that the other agents would never use or couldn't even find, like the lilliputian stripper, blind xylophone player," Jack's son, Mort, tells his sister Joan Feldman while visiting StoryCorps in New York City.

Jack also had dog acts and the hotels would complain sometimes.

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2:31am

Fri July 29, 2011
Around the Nation

How A Park Helped One Town Weather The Recession

Mayor Knox White has led Greenville, S.C., for 15 years, and is running unopposed for another term. Here, he stands near a natural waterfall that's in the middle of the city's downtown, in a park that cost $13 million. "Within two years," he says, "over $100 million in private investment was created around the park."
Julie Rose WFAE

During the worst of the recession, new development ground to a halt and small businesses closed their doors on many Main Streets throughout the country.

That wasn't the case in Greenville, S.C. And while it seems improbable that a city would thrive during the recession, Greenville's mayor credits a mix of good luck and good fundamentals.

'Our Own Little Rockefeller Center'

The "nickel tour" of Greenville, population 58,000, starts at a window on the 10th floor of City Hall.

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2:29am

Fri July 29, 2011
World

Immigration, Integration Draw Attention In Norway

Originally published on Fri July 29, 2011 11:50 am

People gather outside Oslo City Hall on Monday to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's twin attacks in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik, who admitted to the attacks but entered a plea of not guilty, said he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration.
Emilio Morenatti AP

The brutal twin attacks in Norway last week by self-proclaimed Christian crusader Anders Behring Breivik have reignited an immigration debate in what had appeared to be the most serene multicultural society in Europe.‪ Norway's long-standing reputation as a welcoming haven for immigrants is being tested as its Muslim population grows.

Many immigrants live in the Oslo neighborhood of Greenland. There are a few indigenous Norwegians, but they rush by.‪ Many women shopping at grocery stores wear the hijab.‪

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2:27am

Fri July 29, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Sets Up Panel To Investigate Unrest

Tents burn on March 16 as Bahraini security troops raid the site of a pro-democracy sit-in at Pearl Square, in the capital, Manama.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

The government of Bahrain has invited a renowned international legal scholar to investigate what went on during mass protests in February and March, and the brutal crackdown on the largely Shiite opposition that ensued. More than 30 people died, hundreds were detained and beaten, and thousands were fired from their jobs.

The commission is headed by Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-born legal expert who has investigated war crimes and human rights violations in the Balkans, Rwanda, Afghanistan and, most recently, Libya.

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2:00am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

As Deadline Looms, Debt Deal Eludes Congress

When the clock ticked closer to a scheduled House vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling last night, Boehner realized he did not have enough support from the Republican Party's right wing. He stalled, went into closed-door meetings, then called it a night. The votes that were supposed to happen are expected Friday instead — one day closer to default.

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