August 30, 2010 Everyone agrees teacher performance is crucial to student achievement, but there is no consensus on how best to evaluate educators. The Los Angeles Times has fanned the heated debate by publishing the names of 6,000 L.A. teachers, along with data showing their students' test performance.
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Emily and Barbara, played by Kelley Menighan Hensley and Colleen Zenk, spend some of their last broadcast time together on As the World Turns.
August 28, 2010 Forty years ago, there were 18 soap operas airing on the major networks; today, there are only six. Next month there will be one fewer when As the World Turns signs off after more than five decades on the air. Why don't we watch them anymore?
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August 26, 2010 Reporters covering Hurricane Katrina often walked a fine line between covering the news and becoming a part of it. An exhibit at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum examines how journalists covered the tragedy on the Gulf Coast.
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August 24, 2010 An educational grant from the drugmaker Pfizer for training journalists is raising questions about potential conflicts of interest. The company says there are no strings attached. Ethics watchdogs aren't so sure.
August 23, 2010 Antoine Dodson of Huntsville, Ala., found overnight stardom after he appeared on a local news report to talk about the alleged attempted assault of his sister. The video of his remarks has scored millions of hits on YouTube, and so has a song that's based on his story. Dodson reflects on the attempted assault, and his own efforts to capitalize on his fame.
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August 22, 2010 The latest edition of The New Oxford American Dictionary is out, and it's got more than 2,000 new words and phrases, including "vuvuzela," "microblogging," "staycation" and "turducken" -- a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey. Guest host Rachel Martin talks to Catherine Soanes, head of online dictionaries for Oxford University Press, about the new additions.
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Rupert Murdoch is the chairman and CEO of News Corp.
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August 18, 2010 The owner of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, has given $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, making it one of the largest corporate donors to the GOP this election season.
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August 17, 2010 The initiative, called Patch, launched its 100th local news site on Tuesday. AOL is expanding the program quickly and plans to cover 500 communities by the end of the year. But the company faces competition from well-established hyperlocal sites, and profitability remains to be seen.
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August 15, 2010 One of the most intriguing news start-ups in the past few years is the Texas Tribune, an Austin-based website that emphasizes explanatory and investigative reporting. Wealthy venture capitalist John Thornton decided the decline of newspapers in his state meant there was room for a new, not-for-profit player to cover the state's political and power scene. It's won a lot of praise for its work, leaving just one question: How the heck can he pay the bills? NPR's David Folkenflik reports.
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August 13, 2010 It's been 12 years since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned in defeat and disgrace. Now there is speculation that he might run for the GOP presidential nomination. Steve Inskeep talks with John H. Richardson about his article "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican," which appears in the September issue of Esquire Magazine.
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August 11, 2010 Commentator Dave Pell says even though we're living in the age of over sharing, it turns out we remain quite adept at avoiding the really tough topics.
In a controversial move, conservative writer and pundit Tucker Carlson published private e-mails that had circulated on JournoList -- a forum for journalists -- on his political news site, The Daily Caller.
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August 9, 2010 This summer, more than ever, some of the biggest news stories have been driven by new media players. Ideologically motivated bloggers on both ends of the political spectrum and their counterparts on cable news have proven to have the power to drive the national news conversation -- forcing old-school news executives to play catch-up.
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August 9, 2010 A new website focusing on local news in Washington, D.C., hopes to challenge The Washington Post and others for readers. The site is called TBD -- for To Be Determined -- an inside joke at how long it took to come up with a name.
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The homepage of the WikiLeaks.org website is seen on a computer after leaked military documents were posted.
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August 6, 2010 The Washington Times obtained memos from the Navy and Marines, explicitly telling troops not to access the WikiLeaks website.
August 6, 2010 Longtime producer Neva Grant is leaving NPR. She found many of the people listeners heard on Morning Edition, like Colleen and Donald Bordelon. Morning Edition wishes Neva and her family good luck as they move to Australia.
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