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9:58 am
Wed March 21, 2012

High Altitude Got You Down? Try Ibuprofen

If hiking in the High Sierra gives you a headache, ibuprofen could help.
Miguel Vieira Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:17 am

If you're the type who likes to hike, ski or climb mountains, you might want to pack a bottle of ibuprofen — not just for achy muscle aches, but to help prevent altitude sickness.

Tens of millions of people travel to high-altitude spots each year, and a quarter of them wind up with acute altitude sickness from ascending too fast. The headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms can ruin a vacation. In severe cases, it can cause fatal swelling in the brain.

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U.S.
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Social Media Put Fla. Case In National Spotlight

Civil rights leaders and residents of Sanford, Fla., attend a meeting Tuesday to discuss the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot by a neighborhood watch captain. The Justice Department and the FBI opened an investigation into the shooting, and the local state attorney announced that he had asked a grand jury to investigate.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 2:00 am

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida has sparked heated reactions across the country, but there was a lag before mainstream media picked up on the story. Not so online, where a more immediate outcry grew into a petition drive this week to encourage a federal investigation.

Now the Justice Department is looking into Trayvon Martin's death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer, and black media and social media were key in demanding closer scrutiny.

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Song Of The Day
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Aspidistrafly: Tiny Details And Rich Sounds

A lovely chamber-folk song, Aspidistrafly's "Landscape With a Fairy" follows its own leaf-covered path.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 5:00 am

"Landscape With a Fairy" is the kind of barely there chamber-folk song made in living rooms with an eye toward the bedroom. The impossibly named Aspidistrafly — a play on the title of George Orwell's novel Keep the Aspidistra Flying — is singer-songwriter April Lee and producer Ricks Ang, a Tokyo-by-way-of-Singapore duo which revels in small details and rich sounds.

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Mountain Stage
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

The Sweetback Sisters On Mountain Stage

The Sweetback Sisters.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 6:18 pm

The Americana darlings in The Sweetback Sisters make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Singers Emily Miller and Zara Bode temper their love for 1950s country with swagger and enthusiasm, aided by West Virginia native and fiddler Jesse Milnes, who wrote four of the six songs the band plays here.

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Music Reviews
9:52 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester

Clark Terry.
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Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 2:15 pm

Writing about Clark Terry in the past, I've grumbled that this great and distinctive trumpeter had long been stereotyped as a pixie-ish jazz jester. There's more range and deep blues feeling to his sound than that. It wasn't all sweetness when he was growing up poor in St. Louis, touring in the Deep South before WWII or breaking the color line with TV orchestras in 1960.

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