WBEZ | NPR http://www.wbez.org/tags/npr Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama administration won't seek to end 529 college tax break http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-administration-wont-seek-end-529-college-tax-break-111466 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr bradley gorden backpacks.PNG" alt="" /><p><div class="storytext storylocation linkLocation" id="storytext"><p>Reversing what had been an unpopular approach, the White House says it is dropping the idea of ending a tax break for 529 college savings plans. Critics had called the proposal a tax hike. All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans.</p><p>Money in 529 accounts is meant to grow along with future college students, and then be distributed to pay for education expenses without being taxed.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/27/381783199/obama-takes-heat-for-proposing-to-end-college-savings-break">NPR&#39;s Tamara Keith reported</a> this morning, &quot;It&#39;s a pretty good deal, and one that&#39;s been around since 2001. But the White House says fewer than 3 percent of families use these accounts &mdash; and 70 percent of the money in them comes from families earning more than $200,000 a year.&quot;</p><p>Obama&#39;s plan had been to end the tax benefit for future contributions, replacing it with other education and tax proposals. But the idea drew bipartisan criticism, and the White House said today that it will now ask Congress to focus on &quot;a larger package of education tax relief that has bipartisan support,&quot; along with proposals the president mentioned in his State of the Union speech.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Keith confirmed the reversal Tuesday. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/us/politics/obama-will-drop-proposal-to-end-529-college-savings-plans.html">The New York Times</a> reported the news today, saying that the president was &quot;facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties.&quot;</p><p>The move comes a day after Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., <a href="http://lynnjenkins.house.gov/press-releases/reps-jenkins-kind-introduce-legislation-to-expand-strengthen-529-college-savings-plans1/">introduced a bill</a> that would expand college savings plans instead of limiting them.</p><p>Today, Jenkins said her bill would &quot;further promote college access and eliminate barriers for middle class families to save and plan ahead. It would also modernize the program by allowing students to purchase a computer using their 529 funds.&quot;</p><p>House Speaker John Boehner, who had urged Obama to keep the 529 plans intact, says he&#39;s glad the president &quot;listened to the American people and withdrew his proposed tax hike on college savings.&quot; He added, &quot;This tax would have hurt middle-class families already struggling to get ahead.&quot;</p><p>Aides familiar with the conversations tell NPR&#39;s Keith that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged preserving the 529 provisions today, as she traveled with the president on Air Force One from India to Saudi Arabia.</p><p>You can read about 529 plans at the <a href="http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/intro529.htm">SEC website</a>, as well as at the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/529-Plans:-Questions-and-Answers">IRS site</a>.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/27/381967958/obama-administration-won-t-seek-to-end-529-college-tax-break" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-administration-wont-seek-end-529-college-tax-break-111466 Why aren’t there more Latinos on TV? http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/why-aren%E2%80%99t-there-more-latinos-tv-111465 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/0127_cristela-abc-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The big four television networks have made progress in diversifying their casts, but only among African-American actors. That&rsquo;s according to recent numbers compiled by the Associated Press.</p><p>Latinos represent about 17&nbsp;percent of the American population, but on network T.V., that group represents less than 10&nbsp;percent of characters.</p><p>NPR TV Critic <strong>Eric Deggans</strong> joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" target="_blank">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;</a></em>s Lisa Mullins to discuss why it might be that&nbsp;Latino Americans continue to be snubbed in casting, in spite of the fact they tend to consume more media by percentage than another other group.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/01/27/latinos-television-casting" target="_blank">via Here &amp; Now</a></em></p></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/why-aren%E2%80%99t-there-more-latinos-tv-111465 To protect his son, a father asks school to bar unvaccinated children http://www.wbez.org/news/protect-his-son-father-asks-school-bar-unvaccinated-children-111464 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rhett-1_slide-c10ff261cacc06cbd89faaa50e63cda63bfc99b4-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission.</p><p>Now, there&#39;s a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.</p><p>Rhett cannot be vaccinated, because his immune system is still rebuilding. It may be months more before his body is healthy enough to get all his immunizations. Until then, he depends on everyone around him for protection &mdash; what&#39;s known as <a href="http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/08/23/5-things-you-should-know-about-vaccines/" target="_blank">herd immunity</a>.</p><p>But Rhett lives in Marin County, Calif., a county with the <a href="http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2013/08/21/marin-vaccinations/" target="_blank">dubious honor of having the highest rate of &quot;personal belief exemptions&quot;</a> in the Bay Area and among the highest in the state. This school year, 6.45 percent of children in Marin have a personal belief exemption, which allows parents to lawfully send their children to school unvaccinated against communicable diseases like measles, polio, whooping cough and more</p><p>Carl Krawitt has had just about enough. &quot;It&#39;s very emotional for me,&quot; he said. &quot;If you choose not to immunize your own child and your own child dies because they get measles, OK, that&#39;s your responsibility, that&#39;s your choice. But if your child gets sick and gets my child sick and my child dies, then ... your action has harmed my child.&quot;</p><p>Krawitt is taking action of his own. His son attends Reed Elementary in Tiburon, a school with a 7 percent personal belief exemption rate. (The statewide average is 2.5 percent). Krawitt had previously worked with the school nurse to make sure that all the children in his son&#39;s class were fully vaccinated. He said the school was very helpful and accommodating.</p><p>Now Krawitt and his wife, Jodi, have emailed the district&#39;s superintendent, requesting that the district &quot;require immunization as a condition of attendance, with the only exception being those who cannot medically be vaccinated.&quot;</p><p>Carl Krawitt provided me with Superintendent Steven Herzog&#39;s response. Herzog didn&#39;t directly address their query, instead saying: &quot;We are monitoring the situation closely and will take whatever actions necessary to ensure the safety of our students.&quot;</p><p>Typically, a response to health emergencies rests with county health officers. During the current measles outbreak, we&#39;ve already seen that unvaccinated students at Huntington Beach High School in Orange County <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-students-exposed-to-measles-oc-20150120-story.html" target="_blank">were ordered to stay </a>out of school for three weeks after a student there contracted measles. It&#39;s one way to contain an outbreak.</p><p>But those steps were taken in the face of a confirmed case at the school.</p><p>When I called Marin County health officer Matt Willis to see what he thought of keeping unvaccinated kids out of school even if there were no confirmed cases, he sounded intrigued. &quot;This is partly a legal question,&quot; he said.</p><p>But he was open to the idea and said he was going to check with the state to see what precedent there was to take such an action.</p><p>Right now, there are no cases of measles anywhere in Marin and no suspected cases either. Still, &quot;if the outbreak progresses and we start seeing more and more cases,&quot; Willis said, &quot;then this is a step we might want to consider&quot; &mdash; requiring unvaccinated children to stay home, even without confirmed cases at a specific school.</p><p>Rhett has been treated at the University of California, San Francisco, and his oncologist there, Dr. Robert Goldsby, said that he is likely at higher risk of complications if he were to get measles.</p><p>&quot;When your immune system isn&#39;t working as well, it allows many different infections to be worse,&quot; Goldsby said. &quot;It&#39;s not just Rhett. There are hundreds of other kids in the Bay Area that are going through cancer therapy, and it&#39;s not fair to them. They can&#39;t get immunized; they have to rely on their friends and colleagues and community to help protect them.&quot;</p><p>Goldsby pointed to the number of people who, when facing a friend or family member who receives a challenging diagnosis, will immediately ask how they can help. &quot;Many families will say, &#39;What can I do to help? What can I do to help?&#39; &quot; he said, repeating it for emphasis. &quot;One of the main things they can do is make sure their [own] kids are vaccinated to protect others.&quot;</p><p>Krawitt has been speaking up about vaccination for a long time now. He told me about going to a parent meeting at his daughter&#39;s school just before the start of the school year, where a staff member reminded parents not to send peanut products to school, since a child or children had an allergy. &quot;It&#39;s really important your kids don&#39;t bring peanuts, because kids can die,&quot; Krawitt recalls the group being told.</p><p>The irony was not lost on him. He told me he immediately responded, &quot;In the interest of the health and safety of our children, can we have the assurance that all the kids at our school are immunized?&quot;</p><p>He found out later from a friend that other parents who were present were &quot;mad that you asked the question, because they don&#39;t immunize their kids.&quot;</p><p><em>This story was produced by </em><a href="http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/">State of Health</a><em>, KQED&#39;s health blog.</em></p></p> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/protect-his-son-father-asks-school-bar-unvaccinated-children-111464 Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, 1st black player in team history, dies http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-cubs-legend-ernie-banks-1st-black-player-team-history-dies-111451 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/banks_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Baseball&#39;s Chicago Cubs report that Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks has died. &quot;Mr. Cub,&quot; who began his career in the Negro leagues, was the first black player for the team &mdash; eighth in the majors overall &mdash; and played in 14 All-Star games in his 19 seasons, all with the Cubs.</p><p>&quot;Forty-four years after his retirement, Banks holds franchise records for hits, intentional walks and sacrifice flies and in RBIs since 1900,&quot; <a href="http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/107316594/beloved-mr-cub-hall-of-famer-banks-dies-at-83" target="_blank">MLB.com reports</a>. &quot;He likely holds club records for smiles and handshakes as well. ... His 2,528 games are the most by anyone who never participated in postseason play. Chicago never held him responsible for that and believed he deserved better.&quot;</p><p>Banks, who was 83, was named National League MVP in 1958 and 1959, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.</p><p>His back-to-back MVP awards were among the few given to players on losing teams, notes The <em>Associated Press</em>:</p><div><blockquote><p>&quot;Banks&#39; best season came in 1958, when he hit .313 with 47 homers and 129 RBIs. Though the Cubs went 72-82 and finished sixth in the National League, Banks edged Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for his first MVP award. He was the first player from a losing team to win the NL MVP.</p><p>&quot;Banks won the MVP again in 1959, becoming the first NL player to win it in consecutive years, even though the Cubs had another dismal year. Banks batted .304 with 45 homers and a league-leading 143 RBIs.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <em>Chicago Tribune</em> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-sullivan-ernie-banks-spt-0124-20150123-story.html" target="_blank">describes the outlook of Banks, who also was known as &quot;Mr. Sunshine&quot;</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Ernie Banks didn&#39;t invent day baseball or help build Wrigley Field. He just made the idea of playing a baseball game under the sun at the corner of Clark and Addison streets sound like a day in paradise, win or lose. ... He was a player who promoted the game like he was part of the marketing department. Not because he had to, but because he truly loved the Cubs and the game itself.&quot;</p></blockquote></div><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/24/379510352/chicago-cubs-legend-ernie-banks-1st-black-player-in-team-history-dies">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-cubs-legend-ernie-banks-1st-black-player-team-history-dies-111451 E-Cigarettes can churn out high levels of formaldehyde http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-formaldehyde-111430 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/vaping_slide-259922e9c838be3bf53a7f24472dd9a2796845e2-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde &mdash; a known carcinogen &mdash; researchers reported Wednesday.</p><p>The findings, described in a letter <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1413069">published</a> in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, intensify <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/12/16/371253640/teens-now-reach-for-e-cigarettes-over-regular-ones">concern</a> about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular.</p><p>&quot;I think this is just one more piece of evidence amid a number of pieces of evidence that e-cigarettes are not absolutely safe,&quot; says <a href="http://www.pdx.edu/profile/david-peyton">David Peyton</a>, a chemistry professor at Portland State University who helped conduct the research.</p><p>The e-cigarette industry immediately dismissed the findings, saying the measurements were made under unrealistic conditions.</p><p>&quot;They clearly did not talk to [people who use e-cigarettes] to understand this,&quot; says <a href="http://vaping.com/news/greg-conley-to-lead-american-vaping-association">Gregory Conley</a> of the American Vaping Association. &quot;They think, &#39;Oh well. If we hit the button for so many seconds and that produces formaldehyde, then we have a new public health crisis to report.&#39; &quot; But that&#39;s not the right way to think about it, Conley suggests.</p><p>E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid that contains nicotine to create a vapor that users inhale. They&#39;re generally considered safer than regular cigarettes, because some research has suggested that the level of most toxicants in the vapor is much lower than the levels in smoke.</p><p>Some public health experts think vaping could prevent some people from starting to smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, and could help some longtime smokers kick the habit.</p><p>But many health experts are also worried that so little is known about e-cigarettes that they may pose unknown risks. So Peyton and his colleagues decided to take a closer look at what&#39;s in that vapor.</p><p>&quot;We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor &mdash; the aerosol &mdash; into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,&quot; Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.</p><p>&quot;To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,&quot; Peyton says.</p><p>He calls it &quot;masked&quot; formaldehyde because it&#39;s in a slightly different form than regular formaldehyde &ndash; a form that could increase the likelihood it would get deposited in the lung. And the researchers didn&#39;t just find a little of the toxicant.</p><p>&quot;We found this form of formaldehyde at significantly higher concentrations than even regular cigarettes [contain] &mdash; between five[fold] and fifteenfold higher concentration of formaldehyde than in cigarettes,&quot; Peyton says.</p><p>And formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.</p><p>&quot;Long-term exposure is recognized as contributing to lung cancer,&quot; say Peyton. &quot;And so we would like to minimize contact (to the extent one can) especially to delicate tissues like the lungs.&quot;</p><p>Conley says the researchers only found formaldehyde when the e-cigarettes were cranked up to their highest voltage levels.</p><p>&quot;If you hold the button on an e-cigarette for 100 seconds, you could potentially produce 100 times more formaldehyde than you would ever get from a cigarette,&quot; Conley says. &quot;But no human vaper would ever vape at that condition, because within one second their lungs would be incredibly uncomfortable.&quot;</p><p>That&#39;s because the vapor would be so hot. Conley compares it to overcooking a steak.</p><p>&quot;I can take a steak and I can cook it on the grill for the next 18 hours, and that steak will be absolutely chock-full of carcinogens,&quot; he says. &quot;But the steak will also be charcoal, so no one will eat it.&quot;</p><p>Peyton acknowledges that he found no formaldehyde when the e-cigarettes were set at low levels. But he says he thinks plenty of people use the high settings.</p><p>&quot;As I walk around town and look at people using these electronic cigarette devices it&#39;s not difficult to tell what sort of setting they&#39;re using,&quot; Peyton says. &quot;You can see how much of the aerosol they&#39;re blowing out. It&#39;s not small amounts.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s pretty clear to me,&quot; he says, &quot;that at least some of the users are using the high levels.&quot;</p><p>So Peyton hopes the government will tightly regulate the electronic devices. The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of deciding just how strict it should be.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/21/378663944/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-of-formaldehyde" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/e-cigarettes-can-churn-out-high-levels-formaldehyde-111430 Cheap gas and innovation bring optimism to Detroit Auto Show http://www.wbez.org/news/cheap-gas-and-innovation-bring-optimism-detroit-auto-show-111415 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/0116_autoshow-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Saturday marks the public opening of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.</p><p>Following a particularly good year for automakers and the continued drop in gas prices, the mood is optimistic for automakers like Ford, GM, Chrysler and foreign brands across the board. Innovation, both on fuel economy and in tech are also making a splash.</p><p><em>Here &amp; Now</em>&rsquo;s Jeremy Hobson spoke with NPR business reporter, <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/130330851/sonari-glinton" target="_blank">Sonari Glinton</a>, and the director of automotive relations at AutoTrader Group, <a href="http://press.autotrader.com/2014-05-27-Industry-Veteran-Analyst-Michelle-Krebs-joins-AutoTrader-com" target="_blank">Michelle Krebs</a>, about the new innovations on display at the Detroit Auto Show.</p></p> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cheap-gas-and-innovation-bring-optimism-detroit-auto-show-111415 5 years after quake, Haitian immigrants in U.S. long for home http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/5-years-after-quake-haitian-immigrants-us-long-home-111383 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/0112_eriveau-brockton-624x460.jpg" alt="" /><p><blockquote><p><em>Five years ago today, an earthquake devastated the lives of millions of Haitians. Hundreds of thousands died, and many more were displaced from their homes.&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" target="_blank">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;</a>s&nbsp;Peter O&rsquo;Dowd&nbsp;went to Brockton, Mass., to speak with a group of Haitians still struggling to adjust to life in America.</em></p></blockquote><p>After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the United States government allowed Haitians already living in the United States and those arriving within a year after the earthquake the opportunity to stay and work.</p><p>According to government data, about 58,000 Haitians qualified. But living in the United States has been a challenge for displaced families, especially for those who came too late to qualify for the special status.</p><p>Five years ago today, Beatrice Gedeon was at home in Port-au-Prince when she says the earth beneath her felt as if it had turned to water.</p><p>&ldquo;The house turned like a circle, a circle, and then I fall on the floor. And then, pop pop pop pop!&rdquo; she says.</p><p>As her home fell down around her, Beatrice tried to protect her 2-year-old daughter. She was also four months pregnant.</p><p>&ldquo;What I say in my heart, even if I die they will find the baby down on me, and I bend over the baby and everything fall down,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I stay down on the floor and pray god, pray god, pray god. After that I don&rsquo;t hear anything.&rdquo;</p><p>Beatrice and her daughter weren&rsquo;t injured, but the home was ruined. The nights that came next were troubled. She and her husband, Atto Eriveau, slept outside. It was cold and dark. She says children buried beneath the rubble of a nearby school called out for help.</p><p>Atto and Beatrice worried about the health of their unborn baby. The hospitals were full. Malaria was in the air.</p><p>&ldquo;Sometimes when I explain that to other people, I almost cry,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s day I am going to remember until I die.&rdquo;</p><p>Atto adds, &ldquo;The earthquake, I can say, changed all our life.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>A new, challenging life in America</strong></p><p>A month after the earthquake, the family decided to join Beatrice&rsquo;s mother and sister in Massachusetts, where the baby would be born. Beatrice and Atto had resources. He was a customs inspector. She was a nurse.</p><p>&ldquo;I used to get paid $1,600 every month,&rdquo; Beatrice says &mdash; a fortune in a poor country like Haiti. &ldquo;One month here I could pay my whole year in Haiti for the rent&hellip; That mean I had a good life. I had two maids in my house that took care of my kids. But when we came here, you know, even if you had family here it&rsquo;s very hard because you don&rsquo;t know the system. You don&rsquo;t work, you know.&rdquo;</p><p>Beatrice and her family qualified for something called temporary protected status. After the earthquake, the U.S. government allowed Haitians in the United States to work here without fear of deportation.</p><p>Beatrice wasn&rsquo;t trained to be a nurse in this country, so she took a job as a nursing assistant. Atto is a home health aide. They have four children now. They make less money here than they ever did in Port-au-Prince.</p><p>&ldquo;We have a lot of problems in our country, but I still have some emptiness inside of me,&rdquo; Beatrice says. &ldquo;I need something different. I need to go home&hellip; Every step, every action we take over here we take it in the idea we gonna come back, let&rsquo;s say very soon.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>A &lsquo;robust diaspora&rsquo;</strong></p><p>According to the government, 58,000 Haitians like Beatrice and Atto qualified for protected status in the U.S. after the earthquake. Muzaffar Chisti follows the Haitian diaspora at the Migration Policy Institute.</p><p>In 2010, Chisti says there was no Haitian exodus &ndash; not like there was in the 1990s when Haiti shuddered with political unrest. He says most migration from the island is legal. Large communities have settled in Miami, New York and Boston.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a very robust diaspora,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;It sends about $1.8 billion in remittances a year, which is pretty close to 25 percent of the GDP of Haiti. So it&rsquo;s a very important contributing factor to the Haitian economy.&rdquo;</p><p>Back in Brockton, Beatrice and Atto say they&rsquo;re thankful for the chance to work and occasionally send money home. Protected status for Haitians expires in 2016. By then, they&rsquo;ll be ready to leave.</p><p><strong>Too late for protected status</strong></p><p>Frankine Senozier, 37, isn&rsquo;t so lucky. She also lost her home and her job to the earthquake. But she waited too long to flee Port-au-Prince. By the time she moved to Massachusetts in 2013, the window for protected status had closed.</p><p>Through an interpreter, Frankine says her tourist visa expired long ago. She cannot legally work. She lives with a friend who supports her. When someone offers Frankine money, she asks that it be sent back to Haiti instead &mdash; to her daughter, who still lives there.</p><p>&ldquo;Until now, I don&rsquo;t really get the life that I would like to,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I know I have a lot of potential. I know I can work. I know I am a professional, but it&rsquo;s not easy to work with my status.&rdquo;</p><p>Five years after the earth shook, Frankine spends much of her time on a church pew. She prays her life will change.</p><p>&ldquo;Since it&rsquo;s worse in my country, I should say I am not really disappointed,&rdquo; Frankine says. &ldquo;I am living by faith. I believe that USA is land of opportunity. I want to seize that opportunity. I want to live by faith. One day things will change.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbur.org/about/people/peter-odowd" target="_blank">Peter O&rsquo;Dowd</a> is associate managing editor for&nbsp;Here &amp; Now. He tweets&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/odowdpeter" target="_blank">@odowdpeter</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/5-years-after-quake-haitian-immigrants-us-long-home-111383 Millions march in unity, defiance after attacks in Paris http://www.wbez.org/news/millions-march-unity-defiance-after-attacks-paris-111382 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/0112_france-march-624x427.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The French government today ordered more than 10,000 soldiers and police into the streets to protect &ldquo;sensitive sites&rdquo; and Jewish schools, after last week&rsquo;s attacks at a satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket that left 17 people dead.</p><p>The three gunmen in those attacks were also killed last week, but French officials say the threat is still present, and that there may still be other accomplices at large.</p><p>Across France on Sunday, more than 3 million people took to the streets in a show of unity and defiance in the wake of the attacks. More than a million marched in Paris, including at least 40 world leaders, in the largest demonstration in the country&rsquo;s history.</p><p><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" target="_blank">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;</a>s Jeremy Hobson talks to&nbsp;Annick Cojean, a reporter at the French newspaper<em> Le Monde</em>, about the march, the mood in France and the French government&rsquo;s response to the attacks.</p></p> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/millions-march-unity-defiance-after-attacks-paris-111382 California dairy owners find greener pastures in Midwest http://www.wbez.org/news/california-dairy-owners-find-greener-pastures-midwest-111365 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/0108_california-dairy-624x409.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>California is the nation&rsquo;s number one dairy state. It&rsquo;s branded as the state with happy cows, but not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them, drought, feed costs and development pressure mean it&rsquo;s getting tougher to make a living.</p><p>That&rsquo;s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest. From the Here &amp;&nbsp;Now Contributors Network,&nbsp;Grant Gerlock&nbsp;of Harvest Public Media reports.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/01/08/california-dairies-midwest" target="_blank">via Here &amp; Now </a></em></p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/california-dairy-owners-find-greener-pastures-midwest-111365 'Charlie Hebdo' will print 1M copies of its next issue http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-its-next-issue-111363 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP459939368867.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/141928624/charlie-hebdo">Charlie Hebdo</a></em>, the satirical French magazine that was the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/08/375805941/the-latest-on-paris-attack-several-detained-but-manhunt-continues">target of a deadly attack</a> on Wednesday, said today it would print 1 million issues next week.</p><p>The move coincides with Google&#39;s announcement that it will give about $296,000 to the magazine from its <a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/google-aipg-launch-french-publishers-innovation-fund%E2%80%94968887">press innovation fund</a>. The same amount is being given by <a href="http://www.lesechos.fr/tech-medias/medias/0204064515290-500000-euros-debloques-pour-charlie-hebdo-1081373.php">French newspaper publishers</a>. And, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/07/375664521/french-media-public-rally-behind-charlie-hebdo">as we reported Wednesday</a>, three major French news organizations, including Le Monde, said they would donate equipment and staff to <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>. The two groups involved in distributing the papers will do it for free next week, the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/08/charlie-hebdo-staff-publish-next-week-1m-print-run">Guardian reported</a>.</p><p>The 1 million print-run figure came from Richard Malka, a lawyer for <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, in an interview with Les Echoes. The magazine typically has a print run of 60,000 and a circulation of about 30,000.</p><p>Separately, Patrick Pelloux, who wrote for <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, fought back tears in an interview with iTele, a French TV network.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s very hard,&quot; he said, in translation provided by the <em>Guardian</em>. &quot;We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win.&quot;</p><p>You can watch the full interview <a href="http://www.itele.fr/france/video/limmense-emotion-de-patrick-pelloux-le-journal-va-continuer-ils-nont-pas-gagne-106912" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/08/375873478/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-of-its-next-issue" target="_blank">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/charlie-hebdo-will-print-1m-copies-its-next-issue-111363