Lone Star State Not So Lonely?

Texans report a UFO sighting, and other news worth an honorable mention.

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This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Alison Stewart.

ALISON STEWART, host:

Welcome back to THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Alison Stewart, along with Rachel Martin.

Rachel, did you notice that Ian has taken over directing?

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Ian.

STEWART: Ian, who came aboard from "Fresh Air." Terry Gross is so jealous right now.

MARTIN: We've got Ian, we've got Ian.

STEWART: Hey, in case you didn't know, you know, we have a twitter feed going here with THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT, and I've been on there during the show twittering.

MARTIN: Multi-tasking.

STEWART: Yes, multi-tasking. And my latest entry says, Rachel talks to her hands when she asks questions.

MARTIN: It's true. I like to gesticulate.

STEWART: She does, indeed. So no questions, you can gesticulate throughout The Ramble. It might actually make it more fun. The news you can't use.

Let's hit the music.

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MARTIN: Okay, and here we go. Are we…

STEWART: She's going at it again.

MARTIN: I'm working myself up to it. Okay.

Two Harvard scientists say ESP - you know it: extra sensory perception. Well, they say it's not real, or at least they can pick it up with their high-tech brain scanners. They did some research and they came up with three things: They tested for telepathy, knowledge of someone's thoughts before they say them; knowledge of the distant physical world - I don't know what that means; and knowledge of the future. And the scientists studied the brain's recognition of images possibly sent to them telepathically, but their gadgets and gizmos didn't show any extra sensory activity. Their findings won't sway the one-half of the general population who apparently believes in ESP. They say the mind is not merely a product of the brain that they're separate, you know. Mind and brain…

STEWART: Yes.

MARTIN: …there's coming in some spiritual element to the mind, I guess. And there's a lot of things you can't pick up a brain scanners I suspect, anyway.

STEWART: On the subject of believe it or don't, people in Texas - not just one person or two people - dozens of people in this one area of Texas have reported seeing a UFO in the past week.

MARTIN: Wow.

STEWART: They include a pilot, a county official…

MARTIN: Dennis Kucinich?

STEWART: …several business owners. He's in Nevada.

MARTIN: Right, right.

STEWART: He trying to get that debate. He's got enough to worry about. They all say that they had seen something quietly, flying quickly, low to the ground that had bright lights. They say it was about a mile long and a half-mile wide. Everybody's reporting the same thing. Now, local military installations around the area are saying we didn't have anything up in the sky so I don't know.

MARTIN: So was it like a fertilizer?

STEWART: Yup. One resident from this community said it was positively, absolutely nothing from these parts.

MARTIN: Hmm-mm. I believe it.

STEWART: So they're investigating this.

MARTIN: I believe it.

STEWART: Well, there are about 200 UFO sightings reported every month, mostly in California, Colorado and Texas.

MARTIN: Okay. mystery. There's a lot of mysterious theme today at The Ramble. Much mystery surrounding the French President Nicolas Sarkozy's romantic life today. It's being reported that the French president married supermodel Carla Bruni at a secret ceremony at the Elysees Palace…

STEWART: Aha.

MARTIN: …last week. They say it happened last week and we're just hearing about this now. The Elysees spokespeople neither deny nor confirm the news. But Sarkozy told press last week that the relationship was serious. I also read that he said if we got married you wouldn't know about it until after the fact anyway.

STEWART: Is he there?

MARTIN: They met just two months ago, three months after he divorced his second wife. And Carla Bruni reportedly has a room in the Elysees to compose music for her album. She's apparently living there already.

For people who don't know she's a very, very popular French singer-songwriter.

STEWART: Yes.

MARTIN: Former model. She's like drop-dead gorgeous, yeah, and everyone in France…

STEWART: Celeb dater.

MARTIN: …is a-twitter about this.

STEWART: Twitter? We have a twitter feed.

MARTIN: Twitter.

STEWART: Please join. (unintelligible) you the opportunity, sorry.

MARTIN: You got a story.

STEWART: I do. Oh I'm - okay.

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: This is sports news. We're going to take you to the NBA. This is a really interesting story.

MARTIN: Okay.

STEWART: Joakim Noah, I don't know if you guys know him at all. He's with the Chicago Bulls. He was a big college basketball player. He's also the son of Yannick Noah, the tennis player…

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: …with the (unintelligible). Everybody kind of - he was - got a little bit of trouble. He got into a bit of a rift(ph) with the assistant coach Ron Adams during a practice. So he was suspended by the league for a game.

MARTIN: Okay.

STEWART: You know, but this is really interesting. His teammate said, hey, you're a rookie, you are out of line, we vote to bench you another day. So he did not play on Sunday. It wasn't the first incident that made his team think that he had, as they put it, crossed the line. Noah said he respected his teammate's decision and added, I've just got to move on.

It's an interesting story.

MARTIN: Is that how it works? Your teammates say you're barred.

STEWART: You know, it's interesting, there was a bunch of sports columns this morning, sort of, debating about whether the teams should be able to do this or not and, you know, I think it's kind of interesting that older players looking out for him. I guess he is talented.

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: And that he is a young guy. Maybe it's little bit of it.

MARTIN: Learn your lesson now.

STEWART: It takes a village - you're safe. They should have take care of this talented rookie so he doesn't go down the wrong road? I don't know. That's one point of view. Other sports columnists have their opinion.

Hey, I think that's the blog post.

MARTIN: I think it is. I think you're right.

STEWART: All right. All these stories available on our blog, npr.org/bryantpark. We'll link it up to it.

MARTIN: Stay with us. The World War I blog. We'll learn more about a radio broadcast that named someone the Filipino monkey. We'll dig deeper into that. Stay with us.

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