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4:39pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:28 am

You can probably chuck those ear plugs and enjoy the pool.
iStockphoto.com

Doctors have been putting in a lot of ear tubes. It's the most common outpatient surgery in children.

Despite how common the tubes are, it's been hard for parents to know if and when a child should get them. "Pediatricians are confused about it too," says Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, chairman of otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. "And ENT doctors."

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4:27pm

Mon July 1, 2013
The Salt

Taking High-Heat Tandoor Techniques To The Backyard Grill

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:24 am

Punjabi Lamb Kebabs, like many tandoor dishes, can also be made on gas or charcoal grills.
Christopher Hirsheimer

In America, summer grilling generally means heading to the backyard and throwing some hot dogs, burgers and maybe vegetable skewers on the fire. But in India and Pakistan, where summers last for seven months, grilling takes on a whole new level of sophistication.

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4:20pm

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The ZIP Code Turns 50 Today; Here Are 9 That Stand Out

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:50 pm

Each black dot represents the geometric center of a ZIP code.
Matt Stiles U.S. Census Bureau

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan, the network of ZIP codes we use for everything from mail delivery to credit card security.

The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit codes on July 1, 1963, hoping they would improve the efficiency and speed of mail sorting. Since then, the codes have assumed a role in the identities of many Americans, helping to define where they live or work.

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3:46pm

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Acquits Man Who Wrote On Sidewalk With Chalk

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:03 am

Sidewalk chalk: A jury ruled Monday they aren't the tools of a criminal.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Jeffrey Olson faced 13 years in jail for writing on a sidewalk with chalk. But a San Diego jury of two men and 10 women found him not guilty of criminal vandalism.

Olson, 40, was charged with 13 counts of vandalism for expressing his opinions on sidewalks outside three Bank of America branches. His messages, according to Gawker, included:

— "No Thanks, Big Banks"

— "Shame on Bank of America"

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3:44pm

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:11 pm

Texas was decidedly red on the electoral map in NBC News' "Election Plaza" in New York's Rockefeller Center in 2008. Do Democrats really have a chance to turn it blue in the future?
Mary Altaffer AP

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

With the two parties in Washington gridlocked on immigration, the budget and other issues, it's easy to forget that when it comes to winning presidential elections, one party has a distinct advantage.

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