Author Interviews
4:21 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:19 pm

It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.

Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. The civil war officially began in 1983 and continued until 2009.

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National Security
3:40 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week.
Courtesy of Jason Wright

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is facing a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and potentially the death penalty. He was captured in 2003 but his case still hasn't gone to trial.

Last week, Maj. Jason Wright — one of the lawyers defending Mohammed — resigned from the Army. He has accused the U.S. government of "abhorrent leadership" on human rights and due process guarantees and says it is crafting a "show trial."

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Iraq
3:40 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

PTSD Goes Largely Untreated In Iraq's Kurdish Region

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

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My Big Break
3:40 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan., is this year's winner of the prestigious World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, hosted by the Livestock Marketing Association.
Morgan Leigh Meisenheimer Livestock Marketing Association

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:17 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

When Blaine Lotz fires off prices from the auction block, the first thing you might notice is the lightning-fast speed of his words. But Lotz, wearing a suit and black cowboy hat as he rattles off numbers to a crowd of cattle-buyers, says there's much more to the art of auctioneering than speed.

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Small Plane That Crashed In Ocean

A Cirrus SR22 similar to this one ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic after its pilot apparently fell unconscious.
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Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 1:29 pm

The Coast Guard says it has called off a search for the pilot of a single-engine prop plane that drifted into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., forcing fighter jets to scramble an intercept. The apparently unconscious pilot of the small aircraft later ran out of fuel and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.

On Saturday, a pair of F-16s were dispatched to escort the Cirrus SR22. When the fighters approached, one of the F-16 pilots observed a person at the controls of the propeller-driven plane who appeared to be unconscious.

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Corvette-Eating Sinkhole Will Be Filled In, Museum Says

A glimpse of what it's like in the sinkhole that opened up Wednesday under a wing of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
National Corvette Museum

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:53 pm

The sinkhole that swallowed up eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kent., in February quickly became a favorite exhibit for museum visitors, but that's not enough to head off a decision to fill in the 60-foot wide, 40-foot-deep orifice in the floor.

Reuters reports:

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Regional
11:24 am
Sun August 31, 2014

150 New Jobs Coming To Farmington

  Farmington -  Governor Susana Martinez has announced that Process Equipment and Service Company (PESCO), a long-time New Mexico family-run manufacturing and service business, will expand in Farmington, creating another 150 manufacturing-related jobs. The announcement comes just two days after another family-run manufacturer, Accurate, announced the creation of 250 new jobs in Los Lunas. Average salary is $40,000 a year plus benefits for PESCO's new positions.

 

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Regional
11:20 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Was 2010 Raid A Voter Suppression Effort?

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

  In 2010, investigators working for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office and suspecting election fraud raided the headquarters of a group called Houston Votes.

A year later, the investigation was closed with no charges filed. But Houston Votes never recovered. Its efforts to register low-income voters stalled permanently.

Aides to Abbott, now favored to win the governorship in November, say the previously unreported raid was part of an effort to preserve the integrity of Texas elections.

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Regional
11:18 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Man Injured In Jail Beating Files Federal Lawsuit

  A man who alleges he was beaten by a corrections officer while at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center has filed a federal lawsuit, saying his civil rights were violated.

31-year-old Crandell Martin says his right to due process was violated while and he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Surveillance video shows then-Officer John Robins slamming Martin's head into a brick wall July 2 while booking him into the detention center for a probation violation.

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Regional
11:16 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Study Finds More Arsenic In Wells Near Drilling

  University of Texas at Arlington researchers say their study of North Texas water wells shows higher levels of arsenic and other carcinogens compared to a decade ago.

In the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, UTA biochemists measured 100 wells across the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale.

30 percent of those within 1.8 miles of active gas drilling had 18 times the amount of arsenic and other heavy metals.

One of the researchers, UTA biochemist Zacariah Hildenbrand called the results "alarming."

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