National http://whqr.org en Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://whqr.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Richard Harris 57953 at http://whqr.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://whqr.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 57947 at http://whqr.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://whqr.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Frank James 57948 at http://whqr.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://whqr.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 57949 at http://whqr.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://whqr.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 57944 at http://whqr.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 http://whqr.org/post/newspaper-editor-activist-john-seigenthaler-dies-86 John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited <em>The Tennessean,</em> was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of <em>USA Today</em> and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.<p>A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.<p>NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/125 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57935 at http://whqr.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain http://whqr.org/post/after-brazils-world-cup-defeat-poem-numb-pain Any time you're facing big failure is a good time to revisit the 1888 poem "<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174665">Casey at the Bat</a>." It's the classic story of dashed optimism, of an entire city putting its hopes on the result of one single, heartbreaking at-bat. Here are the last stanzas. It's down to the wire. The Mudville team has two outs, two strikes, and they're hoping Casey will save them.<p><blockquote><p>The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;<br />He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:00 +0000 editor 57936 at http://whqr.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School http://whqr.org/post/watch-giant-undulating-anchovy-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvxIdkhsoqU</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57933 at http://whqr.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives http://whqr.org/post/us-had-heads-over-destruction-guardian-hard-drives The National Security Agency knew the British government would oversee the destruction of hard drives held by the <em>Guardian</em> newspaper that contained information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, though at that time the agency distanced itself from the action. That's according to emails <a href="http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/us-given-heads-about-newspaper-data-destruction">obtained by The Associated Press</a> through a Freedom of Information request.<p>The AP story notes that senior intelligence officials were given a heads-up about Britain's intent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 editor 57930 at http://whqr.org U.S. Had Heads-Up Over Destruction Of 'Guardian' Hard Drives Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://whqr.org/post/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-san-diego Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.<p>In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327738660/protesters-turn-back-buses-of-immigrant-detainees-near-san-diego">fierce local opposition</a>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57931 at http://whqr.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego