7:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU Commencement This Saturday

MTSU will award almost 1,000 degrees during the summer 2012 commencement ceremonies. The university will present a single ceremony at 10 a.m. to accommodate the 981 degree candidates. 

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. sharp on Aug. 11. The ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

Professor Kim Neal Nofsinger, outgoing president of the MTSU Faculty Senate, is the guest speaker for the ceremony. President Sidney A. McPhee and other university officials also will speak briefly to graduates during the event.

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7:47am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Fighting Has Forced More Than 1.5 Million Syrians To Move, U.N. Says

In northwestern Syria earlier this year, this man and boys fled fighting.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

The scope of the ongoing crisis in Syria is made clear yet again by two new reports from the United Nations:

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7:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

In Wisconsin, Thousands To Pay Homage To Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:03 am

A makeshift memorial outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in honor of the six people who were killed there.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

Several thousand people from across the U.S. and the world are expected in Oak Creek, Wis., today as Sikhs gather to mourn for the six people killed during Sunday's shooting rampage at a temple.

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6:33am

Fri August 10, 2012
Participation Nation

Doing The Write Thing In Portland, Maine

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 11:59 am

Practicing the craft of storytelling in the Telling Room.
Courtesy of the Telling Room

The Telling Room is a non-profit center in Portland that inspires young people to explore the pleasures of the written word.

In an increasingly diverse state, the Telling Room engages with communities that are under-served by the public school system: young people from Maine's growing immigrant and refugee populations, those with emotional challenges and at-risk middle and high school students.

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6:18am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Three U.S. Troops Killed In Latest 'Green On Blue' Attack

As boys washed their feet in the background, a U.S. Marine stood nearby earlier this summer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

"Three U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service members died following an attack by an individual wearing an Afghan uniform in southwest Afghanistan today," according to a statement from the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan.

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2:24am

Fri August 10, 2012
U.S.

Sikh Shooting Puts Focus On Hate Groups At Home

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:28 am

Rescue workers stand in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after an explosion on April 19, 1995. The bombing killed 168 people.
David Longstreath AP

The slaying of six people at a Sikh temple by a gunman with ties to white supremacists has raised questions about the scope of domestic terrorism — and what law enforcement is doing to stop it.

Federal law enforcement agencies cracked down hard on homegrown extremists after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people, including 19 children at a day care center. Many leaders went to prison, died or went bankrupt.

But in recent years, the spread of the Internet, the worsening economy and changing demographic patterns have been giving new voice to hate groups.

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2:23am

Fri August 10, 2012
Business

Why Evading U.S. Rules May 'Tempt' Foreign Banks

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:42 pm

Police leave the Standard Chartered Bank's offices Tuesday in London. The bank has been accused of making billions of dollars' worth of transactions with the Iranian regime.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

The allegations this week against London-based Standard Chartered Bank raise questions, not just about the bank's viability but also about the efficacy of U.S. laws when it comes to foreign banks. Standard Chartered allegedly violated U.S. sanctions against Iran, and regulators said the bank's executives lied to investigators as part of a cover-up.

The case serves as yet another reminder that U.S. regulations, which have strengthened since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, apparently did not deter foreign banks from laundering money through their U.S. operations.

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2:20am

Fri August 10, 2012
First And Main

An Undecided Florida Voter Faces Emotional Decision

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:25 am

Wanda Kos is undecided this election year, but voted for Barack Obama in 2008. She is concerned for the future of her daughter Sofia, 6, and her two older children, including one son who just joined the military
Becky Lettenberger NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

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2:19am

Fri August 10, 2012
National Security

Air Force Chief Leaves Legacy In The Sky: Drones

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:28 am

Gen. Norton Schwartz (shown here in October 2010) is stepping down as the top U.S. Air Force officer.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

The top officer in the U.S. Air Force, Gen. Norton Schwartz, is stepping down Friday after four years on the job.

Schwartz got the job after his predecessor was fired for — among other things — clashing with his Pentagon bosses over how many fighter jets the military needs.

Schwartz is most likely to be remembered for pushing another kind of aircraft: drones.

At this moment, dozens of these unmanned aircraft are flying high above Afghanistan.

Just don't call them drones when speaking with Schwartz.

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2:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

So You Landed On Mars. Now What?

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:28 am

Adam Steltzner, the leader of the rover's entry, descent and landing engineering team, cheers after Curiosity touched down safely on Mars on Sunday.
Bill Ingalls/NASA Getty Images

The Mars rover Curiosity is beginning its fifth day on the red planet, and it's been performing flawlessly from the moment it landed.

That's been especially gratifying for NASA landing engineer Adam Steltzner. Last Friday, while Steltzner was still on pins and needles waiting for the landing to take place, I told the story of Steltzner's decision as a young man to give up his life as a rocker and go for a career in space engineering.

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