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4:42pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Parallels

'Burqa Ban' Sparks Another Round Of Clashes In France

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

A Muslim woman walks in a Paris suburb where protesters clashed with police over the weekend. The demonstrators oppose the way the police have enforced a ban on Islamic face veils. Five people were injured and six detained in the unrest.
Olivier Corsan Maxppp/Landov

France's ban on face coverings — the so-called burqa ban — has been the law since 2011, but it's still a sensitive topic.

The latest round of unrest began Friday when police officers asked a woman wearing a head-to-toe veil to lift the garment and show her face.

Authorities say the woman's husband attacked the police officer. Muslim groups say the police were disrespectful. The man was eventually arrested, which sparked protests that degenerated into violence.

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4:40pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Animals

We Call Him Flipper. But What Do The Dolphins Call Him?

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Bottle-nosed dolphins leap out of the water near Dana Point, Calif.
David McNew Getty Images

Dolphins are like humans in many ways: They're part of complex social networks and, just as in people, a dolphin's brain is big, relative to the size of its body. But there's something else, too — a study published Monday shows these acrobats of the sea use name-like whistles to identify and communicate with each other.

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3:40pm

Mon July 22, 2013
All Tech Considered

U.K. Cracking Down On Porn, Blocking It Unless Users Opt In

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to block Internet porn by default on all British computers.
Getty Images

Every home in the United Kingdom will be blocked from accessing pornography through Internet connections, under new measures announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron. When these go into effect later this year, Internet users who want to access porn will have to opt in with their Internet providers.

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3:39pm

Mon July 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Detroit's Emergency Manager: 'There's Just No Money'

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr (right) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, at a Friday news conference in Detroit.
Carlos Osorio AP

Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, defended his decision to take the city into bankruptcy. The most contentious issue regarding the city is what bankruptcy protection could mean for the pensions of some retired city workers.

In a blunt interview with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel, Orr said that saying retirees will receive no money is false.

"We're just talking about adjusting them to today's realities," said Orr.

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3:28pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Saltaire is one of the vacation villages on New York's Fire Island where Verizon has replaced copper landlines with home wireless connections.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, buckled boardwalks and ruined much of the infrastructure of the small vacation spot of Fire Island, just off the coast of New York. The storm also destroyed many of the island's copper phone lines. But the island's only traditional phone company has no plans to replace them. Instead, Verizon is offering customers a little white box with an antenna it calls Voice Link.

"It has all the problems of a cellphone system, but none of the advantages," says Pat Briody, who has had a house on Fire Island for 40 years.

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