All Things Considered http://wboi.org en Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops http://wboi.org/post/zero-tolerance-policing-not-racism-say-st-louis-area-cops The protests that followed the shooting death this month of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing, especially in the St Louis area.<p>Many male African-American residents there say police scrutinize them unfairly. "Every time you see a cop, it's like, 'OK, am I going to get messed with?' " says Anthony Ross. "You feel that every single time you get behind your car. Every time."<p>Now, police officers in and around St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35187 at http://wboi.org Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? http://wboi.org/post/whats-writer-gotta-do-get-little-health-care-around-here In my teens, I stumbled onto the wide trail of "the writer's bildungsroman," the coming-of-age stories that often gave me too much to identify with. That whispered clear messages while I slept and while I tried to imagine a life far, far outside the heat and farmlands of where I grew up.<p>Why I so readily identified with J.G. Ballard in a Japanese prison camp in <em>Empire of the Sun,</em> or A.E. Hotchner on the streets of Depression-era St. Louis in <em>King of the Hill,</em> I couldn't have told you at the time. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Domingo Martinez 35183 at http://wboi.org What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here? Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns http://wboi.org/post/shooting-range-accident-draws-focus-children-handling-guns A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture. Shooting range owners are defending their industry as safe, criticizing this particular operator for allowing a small girl to use an Uzi. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 35185 at http://wboi.org Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria http://wboi.org/post/foley-his-family-letter-love-memorized-and-retold The mother of slain journalist James Foley says in an interview with NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em> that the family did not want him to return to Syria after a brief trip back to the United States in 2011.<p>"We really did not want him to go back," Diane Foley tells host Melissa Block. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 35184 at http://wboi.org Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://wboi.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 John Burnett 35128 at http://wboi.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://wboi.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 35130 at http://wboi.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://wboi.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35129 at http://wboi.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions http://wboi.org/post/colorados-pot-brownies-now-come-instructions When Colorado <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/colorado-creates-food-safety-system-regulate-marijuana-industry-edibles">legalized</a> recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers and food companies now have to ensure new products aren't contaminated with foodborne pathogens. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 35089 at http://wboi.org Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town http://wboi.org/post/report-details-16-years-horrific-abuse-children-uk-town An investigation out on Tuesday documents the abuse of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham, England, and says local authorities were aware of the problem for years and did not respond.<p>Alexis Jay, who authored <a href="http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham" target="_blank">the report</a>, used to be chief inspector of social work in Scotland.<p>She's seen a lot. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 35088 at http://wboi.org Report Details 16 Years Of 'Horrific Abuse' Of Children In U.K. Town High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter http://wboi.org/post/high-prices-arent-scaring-consumers-away-meat-counter You may have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pork and beef prices <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/meat-price-spreads.aspx#.U_ztFMW-0yp">are up</a> more than 11 percent since last summer.<p>Supply and demand determine price, and the pork supply comes from places like Riley Lewis' hog farm near Forest City, Iowa.<p>Here 1,000 acres of corn surround the barns, and a grain silo from 1948 is dwarfed by modern storage bins. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:57:00 +0000 editor 35084 at http://wboi.org High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter