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5:19pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Wisconsin Court Race Turns Into A Political Dogfight

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:01 am

Protesters yell outside the chamber as members of the Wisconsin state Assembly debate the state's budget bill on Thursday. Thousands of demonstrators took over the Capitol after the Wisconsin state Senate voted to curb collective bargaining rights for public union workers in a surprise vote with no Democrats present. The measure passed the Assembly 53-42.
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4:23pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Theater

On Broadway, A 'Mormon' Swipe At ... Everything

The most offensive show on Broadway was born out a special kind of love.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been obsessed with Mormons since long before anyone killed Kenny. A Mormon preacher shows up in their college film Cannibal: The Musical. Their early feature Orgazmo centers on a naive Mormon missionary who gets roped into the porn industry.

"Mormonism has sort of been the little thing that's fascinated us the most," says Parker.

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4:15pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Race

A Racial Quarrel Inspires An Internet Balladeer

It's the rant that spawned a thousand response videos.

In a YouTube video blog posted earlier this month, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace unloaded a litany of complaints about, as she put it, "these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every year." Wallace said she's especially offended by Asian students who talk on their cellphones in the library while she's trying to study.

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4:06pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Crisis Forces Japanese Farmers To Destroy Crops

The Japanese government is asking people not to eat spinach, parsley and other produce grown near the damaged power plant because some is tainted with radiation. Dairy farmers are also dumping their milk, and drinking water has been a problem in some locations, including — briefly — Tokyo.

But the biggest impact following the nuclear disaster has been in the region where these foods are produced. One might expect that reports of food contaminated with radiation would create panic in Japan, but step into the Ecos grocery store in Ibaraki prefecture, and nothing seems to be amiss.

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4:04pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Japan In Crisis

A Country Divided: Japan's Electric Bottleneck

Even on a slow day, Tsukiji market, the largest fish market in the world, is a beehive of activity.

Motorized carts buzz down narrow aisles carrying tuna carcasses. They're sawed into chunks and shipped to restaurants in Tokyo and around the world.

Normally, these aisles would be jammed with buyers. But on a recent day, they're nearly empty. Mr. Kaoru, a wholesaler, blames the blackouts.

"I predict one-third of the wholesalers in the market will close the shop, the business," he says. "[The] main reason is the power source."

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