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3:29pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Sports

UMass Bets Big On Football Program Despite Poor Attendance

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 9:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From professional basketball to college football now. The University of Massachusetts Amherst last year moved into the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football's top league. The move didn't happen without growing pains. As New England Public Radio's Henry Epp reports, the challenges go beyond winning games and filling seats.

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3:29pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Music Reviews

The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:33 pm

The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released.
Julian Rosefeldt Courtesy of the artist

11:58am

Fri October 18, 2013
Parallels

Egypt's Crackdown On Islamists Spreads To Mosques, Charities

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 9:09 pm

A physician collects medical equipment and medicines from the remains of the partially destroyed Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque compound hospital in Cairo on Aug. 15.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed is a teacher, and for the past 17 years, he has also worked with an Islamic charity in Cairo. But a little more than two weeks ago that charity was shut down.

Security forces raided its office, took everything and began searching for the head of the board of directors because he's connected to the Muslim Brotherhood — the Islamist group of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Mohammed, who asked that only his first name be used, fled.

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11:40am

Fri October 18, 2013
Movie Reviews

For A Free Spirit, A Grim '12 Years' In Chains

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 11:39 am

Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) plays Solomon Northup, a New York freeman kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and eventually resold to plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender).
Francois Duhamel Fox Searchlight Pictures

Just a few years before the start of the Civil War, two anti-slavery books became best-sellers in the United States. One was Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Harriet Beecher Stowe opus that went on to become the best-selling novel of the 19th century.

The other was a memoir with a mouthful of a title: Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana.

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5:01pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Economy

Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 4:35 pm

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

President Obama said Thursday that the government shutdown and threat of default did unnecessary damage to both the U.S. economy and the country's reputation abroad.

Standard & Poor's concluded that the disruption subtracted about $24 billion from the economy and is likely to trim more than half a percentage point off growth in the final three months of the year.

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