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Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:19

The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage.

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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 12:19

Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.

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Drafting a CEO dream team

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:49

We touch on fantasy sport every now and then, but today something just a little bit different. Instead of drafting his favorite actual players, comedian Greg Proops has put together his ideal business team for us — a CEO dream team, if you will:

Spring is here and the smell of green is in the air. Is anything more exciting than the thrill of getting in a rundown by government regulators or stealing homes from people who paid for them? Yesiree, a CEO baseball team has to be motivated, ruthless and mostly white guys. Let's play ball.

Manager: John J Rockefeller (Standard Oil)

The gold standard for robber barons, Rocky can lead this feisty group to wins over strikers, whiners and nervous Nellies. Invented PR to cover for his goons killing innocent women and children in a miners strike in Ludlow, if the crowd boos him he will make a nice gesture like buy Yellowstone or start a foundation. John J will black gold.

1st Base: Steve Jobs (Apple)

Super innovative at reaching for other people's ideas. He can cover the first base with an eye to stealing second. Fearless umpire baiter, he will yell and scream to achieve his dream.

3rd Base: Eddie Lampert (Sears)

The man who had the singular vision to sell Rolex watches at Sears. The Lamprey will hustle like no one else and if they lose. It is definitely not his fault. Nothing ever is.

Short stop: Tony Hayward (BP)

Great at cleaning up big spills he will cover loads of ground. After the BP explosion he wanted his life back. He can go into the deep hole and feel good about himself.

Left field: Dick Costolo (Twitter)

Let anyone yell whatever they like Dick can take it. The Big Twitt as we know him recognizes there is no way to keep fans from raining sexist, racist abuse and he seems cool with that. Just so they keep it under 140 characters.

Center field: Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs)

Blanksy is definitely President Obama's favorite player. When a player gets paid this much he has to be good, right? He feels he is being punished for his success BY THE JEALOUS. Untouchable and arrogant or just well protected? BLANKSY WILL DOMINATE.

Right field: Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan)

Bring him in front of the commissioner and he just laughs. The man who told Senator Warren "So hit me with a fine. We can afford it." gets the call to hold down right. Right field requires the strongest arm. The Dimon dog has got bark and bite, baby.

Catcher: Mike Jeffries (Abecombie and Fitch)

Not your old fashioned catcher, this field general will micromanage the game. He knows where everyone should play, what underwear they should wear and where his dogs sit on the private plane to the next game.

Starting pitcher: Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Brings the mad fastball via his drone like arm. Once named, "The World's Worst Boss," he will back you off the plate with high hard ones. Hell, he will buy all the scorecards and have his minions fill them in if necessary. Fans go Crezos for Bezos.

Concessions: Charles Johnson (Owner of SF Giants)

So you shouldn't think I am am playing favorites. The owner of the team I root for the San Francisco Giants. Our ball yard  features gourmet BBQ, garlic fries and cappuccino at the park. Mr. Johnson's personal worth is somewhere north of six and half billion but he makes sure the men and women who sell food and drink at the park get paid poverty wages. Keeps the costs down while providing awesome snacks. That is world class CEOing. way to hang swinging Johnson.

Equipment manager: Chip Wilson (Lululemon)

No ones gains weight on his watch. If you go up a size Chip will blame your thighs. Motivates the clubhouse with some sassy Ayn Rand quotes like To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' then puts you in some tight, sheer stirrup pants. Chipper puts the "I" in team.

Greg Proops new book is called: "The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool."


NFL Report: 'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Workers Tampered With Footballs

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 11:08

After weeks of investigation, a 243-page report says quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" that the team was using under-inflated footballs.

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Fed Chair Yellen's Warning Adds To Recent Market Jitters

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:33

Both stock and bond markets had already been having a rough week before the Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen warned about "potential dangers."

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Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:27

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.

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Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 10:03

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

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Bollywood Star Salman Khan Convicted In Hit-And-Run Case

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 09:25

Khan, 49, was sentenced to five years in prison for driving while drunk over a group of people sleeping on a sidewalk in 2002, killing one of them. He was granted bail until Friday.

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Maryland Governor Lifts State Of Emergency In Baltimore

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 08:43

Gov. Larry Hogan said all of the National Guard troops and state police called in April 27 to restore order in Baltimore have been withdrawn. The unrest began after the funeral of Freddie Gray.

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The Race Where Race Didn't Matter

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 08:34

The Staten Island prosecutor at the center of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner easily won election to Congress as a Republican. He replaces disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.

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Vatican Affirms Plan To Make Missionary Junipero Serra A Saint

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 07:55

The choice of Serra, whom the church sees as an evangelist, has drawn criticism over his role in the California mission system of the 18th century.

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4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 07:18

Mostly forgotten or out of print, these picture books triggered conversations about integration.

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Clinton Charms DREAMers On Immigration

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 06:54

Speaking in Las Vegas, she said it was time to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally and that she could go "even further" than Obama's controversial executive actions.

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Baltimore Mayor Asks Feds To Investigate Police Department

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 06:41

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she has already started reforming the police department, but she said "more needs to be done."

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U.S. Approves Ferry Service From Florida To Cuba

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 06:24

At least four companies said they received approval for ferry licenses. It's been five decades since ferry service between the U.S. and island has been offered.

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Afghan Judge Sentences 4 Men To Death Over Mob Killing Of Woman

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 05:04

The brutal death of Farkhunda was captured on video and prompted outcry over violence against women in the country. It resulted in a rare conviction. Eighteen other defendants were freed, however.

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PODCAST: The battle of movie studios and theater owners

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-05-06 03:00

Airing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015: The rapid turn-around in oil prices has send the commodity from a 6-year low to a 6-month high. We check in the latest on rising demand of oil. Hollywood movie studios want to take a bigger cut out of movie theater earnings. Burial services are taking an environmental turn. Why more and more cemeteries are offering simpler and greener options for families? 


Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Rehearsed Crash On Earlier Flight, Report Finds

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 02:57

A report finds that Andreas Lubitz set the altitude dial to 100 ft. several times during his outbound flight, leading investigators to believe that he was practicing for the crash.

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California Regulators Adopt Unprecedented Water Restrictions

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 02:37

Californians face a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use, after they failed to meet previous goals. The new restrictions will take effect in the summer months.

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Chicago Set To Create Reparation Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

NPR News - Wed, 2015-05-06 02:04

Officers on the South Side are believed to have brutally abused hundreds in the '70s, '80s and '90s. The council vote will set aside $5.5 million for the victims and provide education and counseling.

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