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Tue May 17, 2011

German Boardrooms Lack Women. Can Quotas Help?

Ursula von der Leyen, the German labor minister, says voluntary gender quotas set by companies won't be sufficient. "I want to see concrete figures and results from the DAX top 30 post-haste. Otherwise we will start negotiating with legal measures," she says.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

A recent study in Germany shows that for women, business boardroom doors remain largely shut. They constitute a mere 2.2 percent of the executive boards of Germany's top 100 companies. And not one of those companies has a female CEO.

The figures have prompted meetings between government and business leaders on how to improve gender equity in the boardroom and in corporate leadership. But even the female members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet are divided on how to remedy the imbalance.

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Tue May 17, 2011
Music Reviews

Those Darlins: Making Un-Country Noises

Those Darlins' latest album, Screw Gets Loose, finds the group moving toward harder-rocking material.
Veta&Theo Courtesy of the artist

The three women who front Those Darlins are all surnamed Darlin the way The Ramones were all surnamed Ramone. But the acoustic two-steps on their 2008 debut didn't sound very Ramones. True, "Wild One" talked the talk and "DUI or Die" hit pretty hard for a public-service announcement. But it was a relief when the lead and title track of Those Darlins' Screws Get Loose kicked off with some very un-country noises.

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Tue May 17, 2011
World Cafe

Over The Rhine On World Cafe

Over The Rhine appeared on World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Formed in 1989, Over The Rhine features a married couple — bassist/pianist Linford Detweiler and classically trained lead singer Karin Bergquist. The band developed considerable popularity in its hometown of Cincinnati early on, an impressive feat considering how uncategorizable its music is (Detweiler and Bergquist call it "post-nuclear, pseudo alternative, folk-tinged art-pop")

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Tue May 17, 2011
Middle East

In Mideast, Daunting Barriers To Peace Talks Remain

President Obama meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday in the Oval Office.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama said Tuesday that it is "more vital than ever" for Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, pushing for an outcome that looks more distant than ever as he plunges into an intense period of Middle East diplomacy.

Addressing reporters after a White House meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, Obama said the U.S. would continue to push for "an equitable and just solution to a problem that has been nagging the region for many, many years."

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Tue May 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Flood-Threatened Towns Keep Vigil Over Levees

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:49 am

Inmates (left) from the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility helped secure a levee constructed around a medical center in Vidalia, La., to hold back floodwater from the Mississippi River.
Scott Olson Getty Images

All along the swollen Mississippi River, hundreds of thousands of lives depend on a small army of engineers, deputies and even prison inmates keeping round-the-clock watch at the many flood walls and earthen levees holding the water back.

They are looking for any droplets that seep through the barriers and any cracks that threaten to turn small leaks into big problems. The work is hot and sometimes tedious, but without it, the flooding that has caused weeks of misery from Illinois to the Mississippi Delta could get much worse.

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