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4:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

It's not just the US — Liberian officials are rethinking Ebola quarantines

A nurse goes for a bike ride, and suddenly everyone in America has an opinion on quarantine.

But long before any of us heard of Kaci Hickox, who has protested 21-day quarantine orders in three states after returning from West Africa, a different country was embroiled in a debate over quarantine policy: Liberia.

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4:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Breakaway Buddhists take aim at the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama paid a visit this week to Boston, where thousands of his adoring faithful and fans bought tickets to hear him speak about topics including “educating the heart and mind.”

But the 79-year-old spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism has his haters too. And some of them, it turns out, are practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.

Many of those haters took position on Thursday morning outside the Wang Theater in downtown Boston, where the Dalai Lama spoke. They were joined by the lama's supporters, and the two sides held dueling protests.

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2:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Hungarians take to the streets to force their government to dump plans for an Internet tax

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban thought his idea for a tax on the Internet was a great plan. Orban's been a fixture in Hungarian politics since he was 14 and his previous initiatives to tax the thriving sectors of the economy have all been passed.

But Friday he suffered a defeat. He abandoned plans for an Internet tax after tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets twice this week to protest the idea. 

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2:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Music heard on the air for October 31, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for October 31, 2014 include:

    SONG: It's So Sorry
    ARTIST: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
    CD TITLE: Libation
    LABEL: Cumbancha

 

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News
1:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

When I try to belong in America, I long for India — and vice versa

When I arrived in New Delhi this summer after flying for more than 15 hours from Chicago, one of the first things I did was fill a cup of water from the tap and gulp it down. And then it dawned on me: I drank unfiltered water — a good way to get sick in India.

I was too tired to think straight, but travelling between continents, time zones, and cultures can be confusing even when you're clear-headed.

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1:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

A band of Sierra Leonean war refugees is trapped outside their country — again

If given the choice, would you go to West Africa now? For many, there’s no simple answer to that — not even for those who have loved ones in the countries most affected by the Ebola crisis.

Reuben Koroma is in that tough position right now. He’s a Rhode Island-based musician and founding member of the band known as Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars.

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News
11:48 am
Fri October 31, 2014

This New York sommelier makes Italian wines personal with their stories

Paul Lang knows it's not just the taste or smell that really makes a wine — it's the story.

"I think that you understand wine makers when you meet them," says Lang, a sommelier and chef in New York. "When you sit down and taste the wine in the place that it's made with the person who made it, that's as good as it gets."

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Homeless Shelter
9:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

New Low-Barrier Shelter Takes Root in Olympia

Shelter workers carry in linens as they prepare for the opening.
Elizabeth Jenkins

On Saturday, a new, low-barrier shelter is opening in downtown Olympia. It’s the first of its kind in Washington to allow pets and to have special accommodations for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

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9:45 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Which American city could potentially adopt a canal system to combat rising tides?

Rising sea levels can be scary stuff.

But one group of creative sustainability experts have devised a plan to combat the future threat of floodwaters — and it's actually pretty fun. Think gondolas. 

A canal system could be a potential solution for this North American city. Can you name which city it is?


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EarthFix Report
6:33 am
Fri October 31, 2014

4 Things To Know About The Columbia Generating Station Lawsuit

Environmental groups say the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant is harming fish. The groups are suing a Washington state permitting agency because they say a permit it issued violates the Clean Water Act.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:22 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Three environmental groups say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is harming fish. The groups are suing a Washington state agency because they say it issued a permit that violates the Clean Water Act.

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Solar Power
6:33 am
Fri October 31, 2014

SolarWorld To Expand, Add 200 Jobs At Hillsboro Plant

Solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld is expanding its Hillsboro plant in Oregon and adding around 200 jobs.
Courtesy of SolarWorld

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:40 pm

Solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld announced Thursday it will be expanding its plant in Oregon, adding a new production line and around 200 jobs in Hillsboro.

SolarWorld U.S. President Mukesh Dulani said the expansion represents "a great turnaround" for the company, which has been fighting to maintain its market share amid fierce competition from Chinese manufacturers.

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Elections
6:31 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Washington House Could Be Sleeper Election Of 2014

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:38 pm

The battle for control of the Washington state Senate is getting a lot of attention. But all Washington House members are also up for re-election this year.

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5:42 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Music heard on the air for October 30, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for October 30, 2014 include:

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News
3:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Seven words and phrases used by soldiers that we could all learn from

I don't recommend telling your colleagues to pop smoke.

"That's a term for when you're calling for air extract, like with helicopters," says Adam Dillon, a staff sergeant in the US Army. "You throw out a smoke grenade and they vector in on it for extraction from a hot area."

Say "let's pop smoke" around veterans and we know exactly what you mean: It's time to get the hell out of here. But if I say that in the newsroom here, I get blank, bewildered stares.

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3:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The French far right is fighting what it calls 'the kebabization' of France

French cuisine is becoming a bit more multiethnic. Popular kebab shops are opening all over France.

"In the big cities, in the small cities ... they're very popular," says Alexandria Sage, reporter for Reuters in France.

But as Sage reported recently, when four new Kebab houses opened up in Blois, the National Front Party wasn't happy. "The historical center of Blois, the jewel of French history, is turning into an Oriental city," it said.

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