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VIDEO: Tech review: This week's headlines

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:26
A UK store which insists that customers pay for transactions in bitcoins, plus other news

'Brother and sister' killed on M11

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:17
Two people who died in a five-vehicle accident on the M11 in Essex are believed to be brother and sister, police said.

MPs demand Police Federation reform

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:14
A culture of bullying is endemic at the top of the organisation representing rank-and-file police officers in England and Wales, MPs say.

VIDEO: Jamie Oliver backs free school meals

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 00:03
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is behind the government's plans to give all pupils under seven in England free school meals.

Glasgow my main aim - Brownlee

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:49
Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee is prioritising a Commonwealth gold ahead of regaining his world title.

Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:43

Because of corruption involving medical officials, the government and middlemen, only half the people with HIV get medicine. One man lost his wife while they were both on a waiting list for treatment.

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Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:41

The film industry is using drones for movies and commercials, even though federal regulators are still working on rules that would permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to make money.

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Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:39

Latino families sued four Orange County school districts over school segregation. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, ended school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board.

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Star Wars: 'Day one' shooting begins

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:35
The latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise has begun shooting, production company Bad Robot announces on Twitter.

Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:35

Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas says he routinely gets complaints of Border Patrol agents' unprofessionalism or abuse. O'Rourke and his colleague say training hasn't kept up with the growth of the agency.

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VIDEO: Who is India's leader Narendra Modi?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:27
India's governing Congress party has admitted defeat as early election results give a strong lead to the main opposition BJP

Placenta firm ban over 'health risk'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:26
A company must stop processing raw placentas for new mothers to eat, a court rules.

Turkish Minister: Mine Death Toll May Be About 300

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:26

Turkey's energy minister says he hopes a drop in the level of noxious fumes inside a devastated coal mine will make it easier to reach miners who are still unaccounted for.

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VIDEO: How stressful is the school run?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 23:15
New research suggests that some parents find the school run more stressful than a full-time job.

India's BJP scores a historic win

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:48
BJP has risen like a phoenix, says Soutik Biswas

Sponsor of school academies to fold

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:48
The sponsor behind six school academies in Devon, Gloucestershire and East Sussex announces it is folding.

VIDEO: Congress admits India poll defeat

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:48
India's governing Congress party has admitted defeat as early election results give a strong lead to the main opposition BJP.

China drilling to go on despite riot

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:46
China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.

India Opposition Wins Landslide, Early Tally Shows

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:35

The Congress party, which has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's history since independence from Britain, conceded defeat several hours into the vote counting.

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My worst boss was a woman. As was my best boss.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-15 22:12

I've been struggling with both whether and how to write about Jill Abramson's departure from the New York Times, and the broader questions it raises for women in leadership roles.

Yes, we in the media world are obsessed with this story. But the Times still holds sway over our collective imaginations about what it means to do great journalism. So when something blows up there, we're riveted.

And the Times still – even in the digital age – is the paper of record. It's almost a public square where ideas are thrashed out, and even Vladmir Putin writes an occasional op-ed. This is no ordinary office.

So when "brusque," or "pushy," or other words that could describe a man, but so very rarely do, are attached to Abramson, it creates an instant and inescapable echo. Janet Yellen-Angela Merkel-Hillary Clinton-Meg Whitman-Elaine Chao... this? We're doing this again?

We may never know what role gender played in Abramson's firing. Only she and her boss, publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., are privy to the all the details. A story by The New Yorker's peerless media reporter Ken Auletta says Abramson did indeed complain of lower pay compared to male peers, including the man she replaced.

And the fallout is inescapably gendered, again making women wonder why we (I can't write about this without admitting some personal stake), often feel we have to walk a tightrope the higher we rise at work. Be excellent, but not off-putting. Speak up for yourself and ask for a raise, but don't be too aggressive.

I hashed out some of the contradictions awhile back with the New York Times's own reporter Tara Siegel Bernard for Marketplace Money.

There's been a boom in books about women in the professional world lately. Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman's The Confidence Code. And the target audience is always women. You, female: Here's how you get better at navigating this maze. Here's how you trick the system.

Never you, company. Or you, university. Or you, hospital. That would be harder, of course.

But I do wonder what it would say to little girls if we placed the onus somewhere else but on their shoulders.

Of course it's also possible that Abramson is being painted with gendered language AND was also... not a great boss. And that's one of the trickiest parts of all of this. We can't know because there isn't a way to measure the situation in a vacuum free of gender.

All I know is that one of my worst bosses was female. As was my absolute best. And I know I'd like to see more of them. And then maybe the adjectives won't have quite as much power.

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