Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Battle Over Michigan's New Swine Rules Goes Hog Wild

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:33 pm

A Russian sow on Mark Baker's farm. Four other parties have joined Baker's lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Courtesy of Long Haul Productions


Fri August 31, 2012
From mtsunews.com

Chinese Language Courses for all Ages, Skill Levels Available at Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at MTSU will offer a wide range of Chinese language programs for children and adults this year in Room 106 of Peck Hall beginning Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Adult Beginning Chinese” and “Adult Advanced Chinese” will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. “Adult Intermediate Chinese,” “Elementary Chinese for Children,” and “Chinese for Children from Chinese-heritage Families” will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Fri August 31, 2012
Station News & Events

‘MTSU On the Record’ Examines Life During Wartime in Locally Based Book

Murfreesboro in the Civil War

Life in the midst of armed struggle between Confederate and Union forces is the next topic on “MTSU on the Record” with host Gina Logue at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).

Shirley Farris Jones, a retired MTSU staffer, and Michael R. Bradley, professor emeritus of history at Motlow State Community College, will discuss their book “Murfreesboro in the Civil War” on the program.

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Fri August 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

MTSU Lecturer Will Explain Sept. 6 ‘How Leonard Bernstein Invented Hip-Hop’

Dr. Joseph Schloss to speak at MTSU

Author and hip-hop music scholar Dr. Joseph Schloss will explain “How Leonard Bernstein Invented Hip-Hop” at a free public lecture at MTSU on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Room S-260 of the Business and Aerospace Building.

The 4:30 p.m. lecture’s complete title is “How Leonard Bernstein Invented Hip-Hop: Popular Culture, Genre Boundaries and the Mythologies of Hip-Hop Scholarship.”

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Fri August 31, 2012
Participation Nation

Dancing In The Dark In Nashville, Tenn.

Peggy Ivie, right, is a dancer.
Courtesy of Patricia Lefler

I had always dreamed of learning ballroom dancing. But when I lost most of my sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, the dream seemed over.

However, I joined a dance club in Nashville and began taking lessons. My instructor, Patricia Lefler, had never taught dance to a visually impaired person before, but she rose to the challenge.

One day she suggested that we volunteer to teach dancing at the Tennessee School for the Blind. In January, we taught our first group of six.

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Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Thieves Hit Warehouse Holding $30 Million Of Canadian Maple Syrup

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:27 pm

Maple syrup bottles sit on a shelf. A Canadian syrup producers' federation says a warehouse holding "over 10 million pounds of maple syrup" was recently burglarized.
Toby Talbot AP

Every nation stockpiles vital resources — think of the U.S. Petroleum Reserve, for instance. In Canada, they have warehouses holding millions of pounds of maple syrup. And recently, one of them was the site of what may be "the sweetest heist of all time," as The Vancouver Sun reports.

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Fri August 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Thalidomide Maker Apologizes After More Than 50 Years

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 1:22 pm

You've probably heard of thalidomide, the infamous sedative that ended up causing birth defects in the children of mothers who took it.

Back in the late 1950s, the drug was sold in 46 countries, though not the U.S., and was particularly popular in then-West Germany, the U.K. and Australia. But in 1961, the drug was taken off the market after the link to birth defects emerged.

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Fri August 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

Traditional Chinese Art and Music Combine in Sept. 7 Concert at MTSU

““Echoes of Nature,” a concert combining traditional Chinese art and music, will feature Haiqiong Deng on the instruments zheng and qin and artist Dr. Nan Liu on Friday, Sept. 7, at MTSU.

The free public performance, set for 7:30 p.m. in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building, is designed to introduce traditional Chinese art and music to people from different cultures. 

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Fri August 31, 2012

Reagan, Goldwater Among GOP Delegates' Heroes

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:39 pm

When asked about their political heroes, RNC delegates in Tampa mentioned people like Ronald Reagan, Susan B. Anthony and Ron Paul. But none mentioned Mitt Romney


Fri August 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Eastwood And His Chair Not Only Entertainers On The Trail

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:19 pm

Matt Berninger of The National will open for a President Obama rally Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Here, Berninger performs in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Mitt Romney has Clint Eastwood and that now-famous empty chair on his side. But the Republican presidential nominee isn't the only one getting entertainment industry shoutouts this week.

Actors Ashley Judd and Ben McKenzie were campaigning for President Obama in Iowa on Friday ahead of his latest campaign stop in the swing state.

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