The Two-Way
9:24 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Administration Proposes $5 Billion Competition To Improve Teacher Quality

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 9:26 am

Using its Race to the Top program as a model, the Obama administration is expected to announce a $5 billion competition designed to improve teacher quality.

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State Capitol News
9:17 am
Wed February 15, 2012

State Senate Committee Approves Funding for Volunteer Militia

Picture of the US-Mexico Border, taken from Nogales, Arizona. The USA side of the border is on the left of the picture, while the Mexican side is on the right.

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to set up a militia of 300 citizen volunteers who would have the authority to pursue, detain and arrest people.

The legislation would form the Arizona Special Missions Unit, separate from the National Guard.  Under the control of the governor, it would respond to disasters and get involved in search and rescue efforts. But it also would be responsible in helping to secure the border and supplement law enforcement, including that power of arrest. Sen. Sylvia Allen said the move is long overdue.

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State Capitol News
9:07 am
Wed February 15, 2012

State Not Paying Off Statehouse Mortgage This Year

Arizona Capitol
Jeff Dean

Gov. Jan Brewer is not going to get her centennial wish for the state.

When the governor gave her State of the State speech last month she asked lawmakers to set aside $106 million to buy back the House, Senate and executive tower. They were sold off -- essentially mortgaged -- two years ago to raise operating cash. Brewer said lawmakers should use part of the current surplus to pay off the debt by the state's 100th birthday.

But John Kavanagh who chairs the House Appropriations Committee said today that did not happen because not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

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The Picture Show
9:03 am
Wed February 15, 2012

'Flying Mop' And Other Canine Glam Shots

A Puli leaps toward the camera
Tim Flach

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:01 am

Here's English photographer Tim Flach's take on the breed that just won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show, i.e., the Pekingese:

Taken for his 2010 book Dogs, this portrait is quite different from photos you might have seen of the award-winning Malachy.

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Book Reviews
9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

More Than Melancholy: 'In-Flight' Stories Soar

Random House

The Brits: You've got to hand it to them. The Empire may be long gone, but they still reign supreme when it comes to effortlessly exuding mordant wit. For anyone who savors the acerbic literary likes of Evelyn Waugh or the Amises, father and son, Helen Simpson is just the ticket.

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8:54 am
Wed February 15, 2012

A Spark of Mormon Dissent in Romney Country

Karen Johnson is a Ron Paul supporter from Linden, Ariz.
Peter O'Dowd

Mitt Romney campaigned in Arizona this week ahead of the state’s Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary. Polls show Romney way ahead in Arizona.

That’s in part because of the state’s large Mormon population.

But there is dissent in a place you might not expect.

In Arizona's White Mountains, an isolated spot between two Indian reservations, Mormon pioneer roots run more than a century deep.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Consumer Groups Want Lead Out Of Lipstick

Time to get the lead out?

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 8:44 am

Valentine's Day brought new attention to an old issue. Is the amount of lead found in lipstick a health hazard?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of consumer and environmental groups, thinks so. They've argued that there's no safe level for lead in lipsticks — especially for pregnant women and kids — and want the agency to do something to bring the amount of the metal down.

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Wed February 15, 2012

108 Years Since Women Last Boxed In The Olympics, They Prepare A Return

Five-time U.S. national champion Queen Underwood listens to instructions from her coach Basheer Abdullah.
Tom Goldman NPR

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 11:31 am

Olympic history in the making is going on this week in Washington state. Two-dozen of the best female boxers in the country are in wintry Spokane with a goal of traveling to London in the summer.

That's the site of the first ever women's Olympic boxing competition. This week's Olympic trials help determine who goes.

It's been 108 years since women boxed in the Olympics. At the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, boxing for women was a "display event," not one of the counting, medal sports.

Now, it counts.

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It's All Politics
7:45 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Poll: Obama Hits 50% Approval, Leads All GOP Rivals, For Now

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 7:47 am

The new CBS News/NY Times poll definitely contains the kind of information that could put a little spring in any president's step.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Wed February 15, 2012

U.S. Factories Boost Output In January

Manufacturing output increased 0.7 percent in January, the Federal Reserve announced today, adding that it had revised December's number sharply upward to 1.5 percent.

The AP reports that December number was the biggest gain since Dec. 2006. The AP adds:

"Overall industrial production, which includes output by mines and utilities as well as factories, was unchanged in January.

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