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Sorry, former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 14:29

Former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner has a new book out, as you may have heard. 

As part of the publicity campaign, the website Charitybuzz auctioned off lunch with Mr. Geithner today, with proceeds to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

$50,000 was the winning bid.

Nice and all, but a good deal shy of the 2013 record holder... a $610,000 lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

 

 

VIDEO: Inside the shattered city of Homs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 14:17
Last week rebel fighters completed their withdrawal from Homs, marking the end of three years of resistance in Syria's third city, once dubbed the "capital of the revolution".

Court stays Texas inmate's execution

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 14:14
A US court stays the execution for a man who was to be the first inmate put to death in the US since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April.

Halal labelling plan rejected by MPs

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 14:11
MPs reject an attempt to force shops, supermarkets and anywhere serving food to clearly label products containing halal or kosher meat.

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 14:06

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

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Players 'did everything' for Moyes

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:59
In an in-depth interview with BBC Sport, Nemanja Vidic denies Manchester United's players stopped trying for David Moyes.

Net migration target achievable - PM

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:35
Prime Minister David Cameron rejects calls to give up on his target of cutting net migration to below 100,000 a year.

VIDEO: Two killed in Cornwall coach crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:34
Two people have died and 48 people were injured after a coach hit a wall in Cornwall.

Funeral for shot politician in Spain

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:30
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends a funeral service for regional leader Isabel Carrasco, shot dead in an apparent act of revenge.

US soldier awarded Medal of Honor

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:25
Former US Army Sgt Kyle White has been awarded the Medal of Honor, only the seventh US veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan to be so decorated.

2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:22

A review of federal mine safety data shows that the Brody mine had a rate of violations more than twice the national average for underground coal mines.

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Barenboim scoops Philharmonic award

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:17
Daniel Barenboim wins the Royal Philharmonic Society's conductor award for his Wagner Ring cycle at last year's BBC Proms.

Carberry & Bresnan back for England

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 13:02
Michael Carberry and Tim Bresnan return to the England squads for the Twenty20 and one-day series against Sri Lanka.

French journalist killed in CAR

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:58
French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been killed while working in the Central African Republic, officials in Paris say.

Pub Owner Frustrated That Health Plan Prices Keep Jumping

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:53

The ACA may eventually smooth out the volatility in health insurance costs for small businesses. But for the next few years, it could be a bumpy — and expensive — ride for some firms.

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Oregon's Legendary Wandering Wolf May Have Met A Mate

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:49

OR-7, as he is known, traveled from northeast Oregon all the way to California for years in search of a new home and a chance for a mate. Now, biologists say, he may have found a mate.

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Two killed in Cornwall coach crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:43
Two women die and 48 people are injured when a coach careers into a hedge and hits a wall in Cornwall.

Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:38

For the fashion-conscious gardener, here are the most colorful and flavorful new edibles. This year's picks include the indigo tomato, wasabi and a pineapple-flavored berry.

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Christie 'unaware' of bridge plot

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:36
A top aide to the governor of New Jersey says his boss had no prior knowledge of a deliberately engineered traffic jam on a bridge to New York.

The high-tech shop teacher of the future

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 12:28

Now that much of the grunt work in American manufacturing is done by machines, we need skilled, high-paid workers to run those machines. Specifically, workers with more math and engineering knowledge than in the past. And the manufacturing industry worries that schools aren't teaching future workers what they'll need to know.

Educators are working with industry to change that; in some cases by combining cutting-edge technology with an old-school educational concept. Some of this thinking is in action in upstate New York, on the tech-focused campus of Hudson Valley Community College. A group of high school students is huddled around teacher Darrel Ackroyd, who is showing them a 3-D printer. As the machine whirs and slices out patterns, one student wants to know if it could print out a person.

"In a plastic form, yes," Ackroyd answers.

This cracks the students up and they immediately start joking about the possibilities of "3-D selfies." But they take their tech seriously, and they pepper the teacher with thoughtful questions about speed, cost and potential uses of the technology.

Ackroyd is young, with a hipster beard and man bun. Despite his techie image, he's also a kind of a throwback to a character these students' grandparents would recognize: the high school shop teacher.

Schools are bringing back this tradition of showing students how to work with their hands, this time with a high-tech twist. Now, instead of a crappy birdhouse and a mouthful of sawdust, students get hands-on technology experience that could help them land well-paying jobs.

"We're preparing our students for jobs that don't exist yet," says Laurel Logan-King, assistant superintendent at Ballston Spa Central School District.

Ballston Spa runs the program, but students in districts from around the region are eligible. They can get college credit studying here, which saves them (and their parents) money. But the big draw is the chance to get their hands on some of the latest technology, from nanotechnology to green energy.

The program, a partnership between high school, higher education and industry, is new, so educators often have to explain the benefits of working with technology that some find strange, maybe even scary.

"It's really about creating that awareness, not only for the students, but also for the parents, so that they can have an understanding about what are these new opportunities that are going to be available for my children," Logan-King explains.

Bringing students from around the region to a well-equipped college campus gives them the chance to have experiences like the realization student Morgan Pakatar had when she first suited up to enter a nanotech lab.

"I'm just, like, I feel cool, this is awesome, this is what I wanna do," she remembers.

That's what educators and tech companies hope for from programs like this: a new generation of workers excited about the jobs of the future, with marketable skills that only hands-on learning can provide.

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