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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

After Back-And-Forth, Ann Coulter Speech Is Off At UC Berkeley

After a lengthy back-and-forth, conservative commentator Ann Coulter's speech scheduled for tomorrow at University of California, Berkeley appears to be off – apparently for multiple reasons. And there is some dispute about who actually did the cancelling. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement that the campus could not accommodate the speech because the planned venue was deemed inadequately secure by local police, and there was no other venue available where the talk could happen safely. The university said that it had proposed alternative dates, which Coulter rejected. "[T]he UC Berkeley administration did not cancel the Coulter event and has never prohibited Ms. Coulter from coming on campus," it said. Coulter stated on Twitter that Berkeley canceled the speech, adding that she is "so sorry for free speech crushed by thugs." She said, "I'm so sorry Berkeley had a different story every 20 minutes, which always was: No speech." However, Reuters and The New Yo..

Turkey Arrests More Than 1,000 In Massive Purge Of Its Police Forces

Turkish authorities have launched a massive detention operation, arresting more than 1,000 people nationwide on Wednesday. The Turkish government says the arrests are aimed at supporters of the U.S-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for last year's failed coup attempt . And these arrests are by no means the end of the operation. Anadolu Agency, a state-run news service, says the government aims to arrest another 2,000 people. Germany's Deutsche Welle newspaper reports roughly 8,500 police officers undertook raids in all 81 provinces in Turkey. As NPR's Peter Kenyon reports, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says the government is pursuing what they call "secret imams" — a movement that allegedly transmits information and instructions through individuals known as "imams," who in this context are not necessarily Islamic clerics. Soylu and others in the government say this Gulen-supportive network has infiltrated the Turkish security for..

Boston Champ Juggles Marathons, 5 Kids, Kenyan Farm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQDiTkIgPoc In her first running of the Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat powered across the finish line of the Boston Marathon this month nearly a minute ahead of her closest rival. Kiplagat made the 26.2 mile outing look like a spirited jog in the park. She even clocked a blazingly fast 5:02 minute mile at the 20-mile mark of Boston's storied road race. And now, as she does after every major race, she's taking two weeks off. "I'm in my second week of that right now relaxing at home with my husband," she says when reached by phone at her farm outside Eldoret, Kenya, in the western highlands. "In the afternoon, we take our children to play. My son likes golf. And my daughter likes swimming. We take them to the Eldoret Club for two hours, then come home." Two years ago, Kiplagat and her husband/coach, Gilbert Koech, bought a farm in an area where many of Kenya's top distance runners train. "We got it from a white guy from South Africa. We..

HPA Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled

The campus of Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea. Courtesy photo. Commencement ceremonies for the Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s 106 graduating seniors will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 26, in Castle Gymnasium at the school’s Upper Campus in Waimea. The ceremony is open to the public. Head of School Robert McKendry will preside. Lupe Diaz, Upper School math teacher, will deliver the commencement address. Lupe Diaz, Upper School math teacher, will deliver the commencement address. For more information, call (808) 881-4002.

FCC Chief Begins Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

Net neutrality regulations are getting yet another remake. The new head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched his long-expected campaign to undo the regulations adopted in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. Specifically, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to loosen the legal structure that placed Internet service providers under the strictest-ever oversight of the agency, in favor of a "light-touch regulator framework." "Going forward, we cannot stick with regulations from the Great Depression that were meant to micromanage Ma Bell," Pai said in a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "Nothing about the Internet was broken in 2015." Pai's plan so far lacks many specifics, but it marks the start of what's expected to be a new months-long debate. The FCC is expected to vote to formally begin the repeal process on May 18. After that, the agency would collect comments from the public and the stakeholders before crafting a detailed approach and schedul..

FCC Chief Begins Rollback Of ‘Net Neutrality’ Regulations

Net neutrality regulations are getting yet another remake. The new head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched his long-expected campaign to undo the regulations adopted in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. Specifically, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to loosen the legal structure that placed Internet service providers under the strictest-ever oversight of the agency, in favor of a "light-touch regulator framework." "Going forward, we cannot stick with regulations from the Great Depression that were meant to micromanage Ma Bell," Pai said in a speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "Nothing about the Internet was broken in 2015." Pai's plan so far lacks many specifics, but it marks the start of what's expected to be a new months-long debate. The FCC is expected to vote to formally begin the repeal process on May 18. After that, the agency would collect comments from the public and the stakeholders before crafting a detailed approach and schedul..

The High Price Of Fake Authenticity: $425 ‘Muddy’ Jeans Inspire Mockery

Straight-leg. Five-pocket. Medium-blue. And for the finishing touch, a "caked-on muddy coating." For just $425, these PRPS jeans can be yours. But you can make fun of them for free. And that's a bargain the Internet couldn't pass up. Now-deleted reviews on Nordstrom's site celebrated the way the jeans mimicked the fruits of hard labor, "without ever having to leave my BMW." "Perfectly match my stick on calluses," one user wrote. On social media, countless people made the same joke: Heck, I'll sell you pants like that ... The pants, according to their description on the Nordstrom site, "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty." Except, of course, the pants have never seen action and the wearer only looks dirty. (The look is pretty convincing, though; there's even some shine on that mud.) Mike Rowe, the former host of Dirty Jobs and a longtime advocate for the value of ski..

Allison Adams Tucker’s WANDERlust Brings Her to HPR’s Atherton Studio, May 12

Multi-lingual jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker returns to open the 2017 Atherton Summer Season on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a travel memoir in song. The jazz-inspired music and stories from her third album “WANDERlust” span countries and genres in six languages, and include tunes from Björk and Christina Perri to Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Ennio Morricone, and even ancient Japanese folk songs. Honolulu is the 11th city on Tuckerʻs WANDERlust Tour, with previous performances in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City (at the historic Blue Note). The HPR concert will feature Ethan Capone on piano, Los Angeles-based Oʻahu native Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums and ʻukulele, and Reggie Padilla on saxophone. Reservations for “Allison Adams Tucker – WANDERlust Tour” in the Atherton may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15

Authorities Search Puna for Peter Boy’s Remains

Peter Kema Sr. HPD photo. After disappearing nearly 20 years ago, the search for “Peter Boy” Kema continues. He was last seen in January 1998, when he was six years old. His father, Peter Kema Sr., plead guilty to manslaughter and hindering prosecution in court earlier this month in connection to the death of his son. Peter Boy’s mother, Jaylin Kema, pled guilty to manslaughter in December 2016, as part of a deal with prosecutors, and would have had to testify against her husband. She’s scheduled to be released from jail on Thursday, April 27, after having served a year behind bars. Kema Sr.’s manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of 20 years and/or a fine of $15,000, and hindering prosecution carries a sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. The prosecution agreed to concurrent sentences—up to 20 years— if his son’s body is successfully recovered. At his April 5 trial, Kema Sr. agreed to lead authorities to his son’s body. If his remains are not recovered, Kema..

Trump Administration Proposes ‘Significant’ Tax Overhaul And Tax Cut Plan

The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, that would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations, and reduce the number of tax brackets and deductions. Outlined at a White House press briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic adviser Gary Cohn, it would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three, as well as eliminate most tax deductions, other than for home mortgages and charitable contributions. It would double the standard deduction individuals can take, and proposes cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Administration officials acknowledge the plan is a broad brush outline, with specific details yet to be determined. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Trump Administration Proposes ‘Massive’ Tax Overhaul And Tax Cut Plan

Updated 3:13 p.m. ET The Trump administration Wednesday put forth a proposal that it labeled a "massive" tax overhaul, that would give big tax cuts to individuals and corporations, and reduce the number of tax brackets and deductions. Outlined at a White House press briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, director of the president's National Economic Council, it would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three, as well as eliminate most tax deductions, other than for home mortgages and charitable contributions. It would double the standard deduction individuals can take, and proposes cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Administration officials acknowledge the plan is a broad brush outline, with specific details yet to be determined. It was released as the Trump administration scrambles to show its accomplishments as it nears the 100-day mark on Saturday, April 29, but the plan is far from complete — and far from becoming la..

Pacific News Minute: Low Turnout in French Pacific Territories After Call For Boycott

After the first round of voting in France's Presidential election on Sunday, Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen emerged to face off against each other next month. Neither finished first in New Caledonia or French Polynesia. More details from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute.

ESPN Layoffs Begin, And Some 100 Employees May Lose Jobs

Reporters and on-air personalities are among the roughly 100 ESPN employees who are expected to lose their jobs this week, in a cost-cutting move at the network that has lost millions of subscribers in recent years. The cuts have already hit some well-known names, including veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder , college football analyst Danny Kannell , and college basketball reporter C.L. Brown , along with NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun . As of midday Wednesday, at least three media outlets published pages to track the exits from ESPN, including ones from The Sporting News , Deadspin , and The Washington Post . "We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week," ESPN President John Skipper wrote in a note to employees Wednesday morning. Skipper said those laid off will include "anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play." ESPN has been facing a slump in revenue that's most easily traced to cord-cutting by former cable subscribers, in an era of sharply

In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’

The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year's event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU's executive director. But on Tuesday evening, one unannounced speaker took the audience by surprise: Pope Francis. The pope was on a big screen rather than onstage, and his address had been recorded and edited earlier in April, but still: even for non-Catholics, the bishop of Rome has a certain gravitas. " Buonasera ," he began, speaking in Italian throughout his 17-minute address from his desk at the Vatican. "Or good morning, I am not sure what time it is there." At first, the pope's subject matter seemed familiar: "As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who ..

Tyson Foods Promises Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KctDrk6yVsY Under pressure from worker advocates and growing consumer awareness, Tyson Foods on Wednesday promised better conditions for employees at its meat-processing plants. Tyson, in a rare move for an industry heavily criticized for lack of worker safeguards, announced it would provide regularly scheduled bathroom breaks, give more attention to line speeds at plants, offer training on workers' rights and establish safety councils that include employees. The initiatives are an expansion of a workplace safety pilot program launched in 2015 and social compliance audits begun in 2012, says Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman. They are also part of new CEO Tom Hayes' deeper focus on sustainability, Mickelson says. The announcement was made in conjunction with Oxfam America, an anti-poverty group that has long pushed for such concessions, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the primary union for 70,000 U.S. poultry wor..

Sen. Schatz Comments on National Monument Executive Order

Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument. Courtesy photo. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order to review national monuments—including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. “This Executive Order is unnecessary, and I believe that it will prove to be a waste of federal resources because the expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument had widespread support from the public and from Hawai‘i’s political leaders. The views of Native Hawaiians, Hawai‘i residents, Kaua‘i’s fishermen, the commercial longline fleet and scientists were all carefully considered before expanding the boundaries which were first laid out in President Bush’s Executive Order that created the PMNM in 2006. “As a result, the proclamation expanding PMNM accounted for many interests: The boundaries were shaped specifically to allow Kaua‘i’s small boat fishermen to continue their long-held, traditional fishing pract..

‘Minibrains’ In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Tiny, 3-D clusters of human brain cells grown in a petri dish are providing hints about the origins of disorders like autism and epilepsy. An experiment using these cell clusters — which are only about the size of the head of a pin — found that a genetic mutation associated with both autism and epilepsy kept developing cells from migrating normally from one cluster of brain cells to another, researchers report in the journal Nature. "They were sort of left behind," says Dr. Sergiu Pasca , an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. And that type of delay could be enough to disrupt the precise timing required for an actual brain to develop normally, he says. The clusters — often called minibrains , organoids, or spheroids — are created by transforming skin cells from a person into neural stem cells. These stem cells can then grow into structures like those found in the brain and even form networks of communicating cells. Brain organoids cannot grow beyond a

Hulu’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

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‘Veep’ Executive Producer On Making A Show About The ‘Craven Desire For Power’

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Mexico Can Seek Millions From U.S. In Dolphin-Safe Tuna Dispute, WTO Says

Mexico has long argued that U.S. labeling rules for dolphin-safe tuna unfairly restrict its access to the U.S. market. And in a decision Tuesday, the World Trade Organization agreed , saying Mexico may seek $163 million annually from the U.S. in retaliatory measures. The controversial labeling rules, aimed at protecting dolphins from getting ensnared in fishing nets and killed, date back to 1990. "The U.S. has long criticized Mexico's fishing practices in Pacific waters, saying its use of nets and chasing dolphins to find large schools of lucrative yellow fin tuna greatly harms the mammals," NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico City. "The U.S. allows the dolphin-safe label on tuna cans that meet its no-kill standards," Carrie adds. "Mexico says it has brought down dolphin deaths to international standards but has long been refused the label." Mexico had claimed that its annual losses amounted to $472.3 million, far exceeding the U.S. claim of $8.5 million to $21.9 million. B..