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The Two-Way - News Blog

First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden 'Pleaded' To Get Into Naval Academy

Bolden grew up in segregated South Carolina. One of his state senators, Strom Thurman, blocked his efforts to get to the Naval Academy, but a Hail-Mary letter to Lyndon Johnson helped him get there.

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U.S. Churches Offer Safe Haven For A New Generation Of Immigrants

A dozen congregations are harboring immigrants facing deportation. It echoes the sanctuary movement of the 1980s, when hundreds of churches sheltered Central Americans escaping war and violence.

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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

Though Zika was discovered in 1947, few scientists since had studied the virus. Now, while some check its genes, others turn to placental cells for clues to any link between Zika and birth defects.

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Object (or Luncheon in Fur), by Meret Oppenheim. In 1936, Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions. Flavia Brandi/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

'Luncheon In Fur': The Surrealist Teacup That Stirred The Art World

In 1936, the surrealist Meret Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions.

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Goats and Soda

Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

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Reality Star And Ex-Rapper Team Up To Coach Miami High School Football Team

Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson of South Beach Tow fame has been named head football coach at Miami Jackson High School. Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is the new defensive coordinator.

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Parallels - World News

In Chaotic Iraq, ISIS Is Just One Challenge Among Many

The war against ISIS is hardly Iraq's only problem. Many factions are angling for power, sectarian differences abound and falling oil prices have left the economy in shambles.

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In Rio, The Samba Parade Goes On Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro donned an elaborate, colorful costume to samba her way through Rio's Carnival parade competition — and recovered fast after forgetting to tie a crucial double knot.

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Law

Fallout From Grand Jury Decision Energizes Abortion Rights Opponents

Abortion rights opponents want the district attorney in Houston to resign and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint a special prosecutor to again investigate and indict Planned Parenthood in Houston.

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