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Post Mortem: Death Investigation In America
2:06 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home

Ernie Lopez hugs his daughter, Nikki Lopez, for the first time since 2009. Ernie was released from prison on March 2 in Amarillo, Texas, after nine years, while he awaits a new trial.
Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

Ernie Lopez calls it his "rebirth." After spending nearly nine years in prison for the sexual assault of a 6-month old girl, a top Texas court threw out the conviction. And on Friday, the 41-year-old Lopez walked out of the detention center in Amarillo, Texas, where family and friends were waiting.

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Music Reviews
1:54 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's Hard-Bitten Pop Optimism

Bruce Springsteen's 17th album, Wrecking Ball, has a little taste of almost every style he's ever played, including classic E Street rock 'n' roll.
Danny Clinch

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 4:02 pm

Ever since The Rising in 2002 — and arguably since 1984's Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen releases have functioned as State of the Union addresses as much as pop LPs. Wrecking Ball does, too, beginning with its Occupy-era lead single "We Take Care of Our Own," an anthemic bit of wishful thinking which, like "Born in the U.S.A.," seems easy to misinterpret by 180 degrees if you don't pay attention to the verses between the chorus.

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The Salt
1:38 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Sustainable Sushi: See The Video. But Don't Eat The Eel

Odds are the local sushi joint's fish is less than sustainable.
Matteo De Stefano

Sushi seems like the perfect modern food: Light, healthful and available at seemingly every supermarket in the nation. But is it sustainable?

That's the question behind "The Story of Sushi," a new video that's been pulling a lot of clicks in the past week. Maybe that's because its adorable format, with tiny, handcrafted figures used to tell the tale, stands in stark contrast to its depressing message: Most of the sushi we snarf up is harvested using unsustainable methods.

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1:18 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Weekly Standard: Here Comes A Recovery — Maybe

A deserted shop is seen on March 4, 2012 in Findlay, Ohio. A census report released in 2011 showed that 15.3 percent of Ohioans live in poverty, the highest rate in more than 30 years. Economic conditions are a major concern among voters in the state, and among Americans as a whole.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 7:04 am

Irwin M. Stelzer is a writer for The Weekly Standard.

Don't feel embarrassed if you can't figure out where the American economy is headed. I don't. After all, Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee last week that the economy is sending "somewhat different signals" about growth. The good news is that the signals seem to differ only in the speed and strength of the economic recovery that now seems to be underway.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:17 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Inside-Out Your Mind

Kent Rogowski

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 7:47 am

Look what Kent Rogowski did. He took a bunch of stuffed animals, kids' playthings, unstitched them, removed their insides, and turned them inside out. This masked red thing, I presume, is an inside-out, hmmm, I dunno, rag doll?

This one, I'm guessing, was (no, "is") a monkey in reverse...

And because this one has a duckbill, I figure it's a duck, wearing a pink skirt, but the inside part of the skirt is now...outside.

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