Korva Coleman http://hppr.org en You Can't Pay It Forward At This Georgia Toll Plaza http://hppr.org/post/you-cant-pay-it-forward-georgia-toll-plaza It'll just have to be the thought that counts. Georgia motorists going through toll booths on state Route 400 can no longer donate the 50-cent toll for the driver behind them.<p>A new directive orders toll plaza workers to <a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/news/charity-at-the-toll-booth-not-anymore-on-ga-400/nZP47/">return all the surplus change</a> as motorists stop to pay. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:04:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 20317 at http://hppr.org Journalist Jack Germond, One Of The 'Boys On The Bus,' Dies http://hppr.org/post/journalist-jack-germond-one-boys-bus-dies Political journalist and author Jack Germond died Wednesday at his home in West Virginia. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 20224 at http://hppr.org Journalist Jack Germond, One Of The 'Boys On The Bus,' Dies Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Calls Election 'A Huge Farce' http://hppr.org/post/zimbabwes-prime-minister-calls-election-huge-farce A day after Zimbabweans turned out heavily to vote in national elections, the main challenger to longtime President Robert Mugabe is calling the balloting "a sham election that does not reflect the will of the people."<p>Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, ticked off a list of alleged problems, including thousands of citizens who he says were thrown off voter rolls, voters being moved to different polling stations, an excess of printed ballots, and voters being forced to accept "assistance" when casting ballots.<p>"This has been a Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 19633 at http://hppr.org Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Calls Election 'A Huge Farce' Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training http://hppr.org/post/beset-san-diego-mayor-says-he-didnt-get-harassment-training San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused by at least eight women of sexually harassing them, never received a mandated training course on sexual harassment from the city, according to his attorney.<p>Harvey Berger says the city failed to meet its legal requirement and therefore should foot the mayor's legal bills. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 19618 at http://hppr.org Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training Luxury Watch Store Robbed Days After Riviera Hotel Heist http://hppr.org/post/luxury-watch-store-robbed-days-after-riviera-hotel-heist In an amazing string of coincidences, a luxury watch store in Cannes, France, has been robbed just three days after an armed man successfully stole diamonds and other valuable jewels from a nearby hotel.<p>On Wednesday, two thieves entered the Kronometry shop in the central part of the city and threatened staffers with a gun and a hand grenade, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10213731/Cannes-watch-shop-held-up-days-after-luxury-hotel-heist.html">according to <em>The Telegraph</em></a>. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:39:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 19578 at http://hppr.org Luxury Watch Store Robbed Days After Riviera Hotel Heist Home Prices Rose In May; Consumer Confidence Dips http://hppr.org/post/home-prices-rose-may-consumer-confidence-dips Home prices continue to rise, according to the latest numbers in the <a href="http://www.housingviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CSHomePrice_Release_May-Results.pdf">S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index</a>. Home prices were up 12.2 percent in May from a year ago.<p>S&P/Case-Shiller's closely watched 20-city index found the average price of a home climbed 2.4 percent in May compared with April. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 19515 at http://hppr.org Home Prices Rose In May; Consumer Confidence Dips Landmark Paris Mansion Is Damaged By Fire http://hppr.org/post/landmark-paris-mansion-damaged-fire Paris' historic Hotel Lambert, once home to the likes of Voltaire and Chopin, was partly damaged by fire early Wednesday.<p>The <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23254172">BBC reports</a> that the 17th-century structure lost a section of its roof and a central staircase and saw water and smoke damage to celebrated fresco paintings by Charles Le Brun, who also designed the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.<p>Paris Deputy Mayor Anne Hidalgo says the mansion has suffered "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/fire-partially-destroys-17th-century-paris-mansion-that-once-be Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 18591 at http://hppr.org Landmark Paris Mansion Is Damaged By Fire Hey, It's Not A Burglar, It's A 19-Foot Python http://hppr.org/post/hey-its-not-burglar-its-19-foot-python Imagine this: A 19-foot python falls out of the ceiling of a store and leaves a big hole, knocks over sale objects and then makes a nasty mess on the floor before hiding in plain sight along a wall. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:53:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 18575 at http://hppr.org Hey, It's Not A Burglar, It's A 19-Foot Python U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed http://hppr.org/post/us-businessman-trapped-chinese-workers-freed American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.<p>Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That's when workers, fearing they were all going to be laid off and that the company wasn't going to compensate them fairly, blocked all of the exits out of the plant. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:49:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 18002 at http://hppr.org U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed Revised GDP Numbers Weaker Than Projected http://hppr.org/post/revised-gdp-numbers-weaker-projected The nation's gross domestic product, the output of goods and services produced within the U.S., grew at a rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/gdpnewsrelease.htm">Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis</a>. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:42:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17948 at http://hppr.org North, South Korean Sites Hacked On Korean War Anniversary http://hppr.org/post/north-south-korean-sites-hacked-korean-war-anniversary Websites in both North and South Korea were hacked Tuesday, the 63rd anniversary of the Korean War. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17900 at http://hppr.org Chicago Defeats Boston, Evens NHL Stanley Cup Series http://hppr.org/post/chicago-defeats-boston-evens-nhl-stanley-cup-series So there was <em>another</em> overtime last night in the Stanley Cup series, except this time the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Boston Bruins, defeating them 6-5 and tying the NHL championship series.<p>What happened to the formidable Bruins? Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:11:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17706 at http://hppr.org Chicago Defeats Boston, Evens NHL Stanley Cup Series "Suffering On A Huge Scale": World Refugee Numbers Swell http://hppr.org/post/suffering-huge-scale-world-refugee-numbers-swell The United Nations Refugee Commission says more than 45.2 million people were in "situations of displacement" around the world as of last year — the most since 1994.<p>A report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says there were 15.4 million refugees in other countries, 937,000 people seeking political asylum and 28.8 million people forced out of their homes but still inside their own countries.<p>"Those are the highest numbers since 1994, when people fled genocide in Rwanda and bloodshed in former Yugoslavia," according to The Associated Press.<p>The U.N.'s ye Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17651 at http://hppr.org "Suffering On A Huge Scale": World Refugee Numbers Swell Oops. Wrong Birth Year Fixed On NYC Mayor Koch's Tombstone http://hppr.org/post/oops-wrong-birth-year-fixed-nyc-mayor-kochs-tombstone "You could call it a 'grave' mistake," says WNBC-TV of New York City.<p>The tombstone of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/01/170789121/ed-koch-outspoken-mayor-who-brought-n-y-back-from-the-brink-dies?sc=nl&cc=brk-20130201-0641">Edward I. Koch</a>, the city's colorful, three-term mayor who died in February, listed <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Ed-Koch-Tombstone-Mistake-Gravestone-Birth-Date-Marker-1924-1942-211815511.html">an incorrect birth date</a> for him. Instead of showing Dec. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:24:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17652 at http://hppr.org Oops. Wrong Birth Year Fixed On NYC Mayor Koch's Tombstone Boston Tops Chicago In Game 3 Of NHL's Stanley Cup http://hppr.org/post/boston-tops-chicago-game-3-nhls-stanley-cup The Boston Bruins have taken the lead in the NHL's Stanley Cup championships, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 Monday night in Boston. Interestingly, last night wasn't a tense, drawn-out reprise of Games 1 and 2 and did not require an overtime.<p>Boston's goalie, Tuukka Rask, playing peerlessly, had another shutout, letting the Bruins put it away in the second period. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:06:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17588 at http://hppr.org Boston Tops Chicago In Game 3 Of NHL's Stanley Cup U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin To Step Down http://hppr.org/post/us-surgeon-general-regina-benjamin-step-down After four years on the job, the nation's top doctor is leaving. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced late Wednesay that she plans to step down next month.<p>"Regina has served as America's doctor since 2009 and has impacted the health and lives of Americans across the country. I am deeply grateful for her leadership and service," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote in <a href="http://www.chicagodefender.com/index.php/news/nation/19353-regina-benjamin-stepping-down-as-surgeon-generalmemo%20to%20staff">an email to staff</a>, according to CNN. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17361 at http://hppr.org U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin To Step Down NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Tonight http://hppr.org/post/nhls-stanley-cup-playoffs-open-tonight Yes, the NBA finals are well underway, and yes it's <em>mid-June</em>, but tonight marks Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship. A strike-shortened season pushed the finals later into the spring than usual.<p>The Chicago Blackhawks, who just knocked off defending champion Los Angeles Kings, will face the Boston Bruins, the NHL 2011 victors. Chicago will have home ice, which is probably a good thing, as the Chicago playoffs against L.A. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17310 at http://hppr.org NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs Open Tonight 'I Didn't Want To Be Pope,' Francis Tells Group Of Children http://hppr.org/post/i-didnt-want-be-pope-francis-tells-group-children Speaking to a huge group of children Friday at the Vatican, Pope Francis pushed aside a set of prepared remarks to talk directly to them and answer some of their questions.<p>One of his frank responses to a girl named Teresa was this: "Anyone who wants to be Pope doesn't care much for themselves, God doesn't bless them. <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/07/uk-pope-children-idUKBRE9560SK20130607">I didn't want to be Pope</a>," reports Reuters.<p>Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, is known for his intense focus on the poor and inequality. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17099 at http://hppr.org 'I Didn't Want To Be Pope,' Francis Tells Group Of Children 'An Inland Ocean Of Flooding': Disaster In Central Europe http://hppr.org/post/inland-ocean-flooding-disaster-central-europe At least 16 people are dead after several days of flooding in Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Historic cities are underwater, and flood victims are perching on rooftops for safety. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 17030 at http://hppr.org 'An Inland Ocean Of Flooding': Disaster In Central Europe Get In Line! Enormous Powerball Jackpot Up For Grabs http://hppr.org/post/get-line-enormous-powerball-jackpot-grabs If it seems as though lottery jackpots keep growing in size, you're right — the multistate Powerball lottery has ballooned to its third-largest size in history, and one or several lucky people could win Wednesday night's drawing.<p>At this writing, the Powerball is worth an estimated $360 million, with a $229.2 million cash value. Wed, 15 May 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 16029 at http://hppr.org Get In Line! Enormous Powerball Jackpot Up For Grabs Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra' http://hppr.org/post/need-lift-see-japans-new-branomics-bra As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe focuses on boosting his country's bottom line, a lingerie company is hoping to give Japan a different type of lift.<p>The "Branomics Bra" from Triumph International is a play on Abe's economic policy known as "Abenomics." The company says the garment has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's persistent inflation problem, according to Reuters.<p>The concept bra features <a href="http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/05/09/Abenomics-bra-promises-to-lift-your-um-economy/7881368100559/#ixzz2SnuI7XR3">three toy arrows and a target shaped pouch</a>, modeled after the Thu, 09 May 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15766 at http://hppr.org Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra' After Socking The Rockies, Snowstorm Moves East http://hppr.org/post/after-socking-rockies-snowstorm-moves-east Arbor Day celebrations have come and gone, but winter weather is gripping the Plains and Upper Midwest. Thu, 02 May 2013 15:57:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15476 at http://hppr.org After Socking The Rockies, Snowstorm Moves East Send Your Haiku To Mars! NASA Seeks Poets http://hppr.org/post/send-your-haiku-mars-nasa-seeks-poets Galactic poet?<p>Here's how to become famous.<p>Send your work to Mars!<p>NASA is raising awareness for its upcoming launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft with its <a href="http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/">Going to Mars project</a>. Thu, 02 May 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15470 at http://hppr.org Send Your Haiku To Mars! NASA Seeks Poets Snow In May? The Nation's Midsection Bundles Up http://hppr.org/post/snow-may-nations-midsection-bundles <strong>Update at 4:55 P.M ET:</strong> The <em>Associated Press</em> reports that Cheyenne, Wyo. has now received at least <a href="http://www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2013/05/01/ap-state-wy/wy_wyoming_weather.txt">15 inches of snow</a>.<p><strong>Our original post:</strong> It's a good thing Punxsutawney Phil's handler admitted he'd <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/26/175349796/dont-blame-punxsutawney-phil-handler-got-spring-prediction-wrong">misinterpreted the early spring forecast</a> from the world-famous groundhog weather prognosticator. Wed, 01 May 2013 15:47:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15420 at http://hppr.org Snow In May? The Nation's Midsection Bundles Up Just In Case: Cruise Line Insured Against Loch Ness Monster http://hppr.org/post/just-case-cruise-line-insured-against-loch-ness-monster There's word that a Scottish cruise line has taken out an insurance policy in case of a beastly disaster. Jacobite Cruises is now insured against damage from the Loch Ness Monster.<p>"We see it as keeping in line with good business practice," Freda Newton, managing director of Jacobite Cruises, tells <em>The Scottish Sun</em>. "There is so much going on — people have tried to hunt the Loch Ness Monster, people have tried to capture it. We just don't know what could happen. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15375 at http://hppr.org Just In Case: Cruise Line Insured Against Loch Ness Monster 4-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies In India http://hppr.org/post/4-year-old-rape-victim-dies-india A young girl raped this month in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has died, according to several news reports. The 4-year-old child had been lured with chocolate by her alleged attacker, who later dumped her at a farm, as NPR's Julie McCarthy has reported.<p><em>The New York Times' </em><a href="http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/4-year-old-rape-victim-dies-in-india/?hp">India Ink blog</a> says the girl's parents found her April 18, the day after the attack, and that she had been in a coma since. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:54:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15372 at http://hppr.org Tarantino's Stolen 'Pulp Fiction' Chevy Found After 19 Years http://hppr.org/post/tarantinos-stolen-pulp-fiction-chevy-found-after-19-years Remember that cherry red Chevy Malibu convertible that John Travolta drives in <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/">Pulp Fiction</a></em>? You know the one that he crashes, trying to get help after Uma Thurman overdoses? Did you know it's been missing for 19 years because it was stolen? Well, it's not missing anymore.<p>The car, which belongs to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, turned up in the Oakland, Calif., area, according to the <em>San Bernardino Sun</em>. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15269 at http://hppr.org Several Arrests In Deadly Bangladesh Factory Collapse http://hppr.org/post/several-arrests-deadly-bangladesh-factory-collapse Bangladeshi authorities have arrested at least seven people in connection with this week's deadly building collapse outside Dhaka, the capital. Several garment factories, shops and a bank were housed inside.<p>The country's state-run news agency says <a href="http://www1.bssnews.net/newsDetails.php?cat=0&id=327739&date=2013-04-27">the people were arrested</a> in connection with the building collapse, including two engineers and two garment factory owners. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:14:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15262 at http://hppr.org Several Arrests In Deadly Bangladesh Factory Collapse Honoring Film Critic Roger Ebert — With A Conga Line http://hppr.org/post/honoring-film-critic-roger-ebert-conga-line It's not been a full month since <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/04/04/176273118/remembering-roger-ebert">Roger Ebert passed away</a>, but his annual <a href="http://www.ebertfest.com/">Ebertfest</a> continued this month in Illinois with screenings, lectures and guest visits by artists.<p>The big hit was actress Tilda Swinton, who closed out last Friday night with this touching tribute to the longtime movie critic: a conga line.<p>Onstage was Ebert's widow, Chaz, who told the audience they would have to get up, too, and dance to Barry White's "You're My Everything," which they Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:49:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 15216 at http://hppr.org Honoring Film Critic Roger Ebert — With A Conga Line Second Rape Case To Draw Social Media Buzz Will Be Reviewed http://hppr.org/post/second-rape-case-draw-social-media-buzz-will-be-reviewed A few days after Rehtaeh Parsons' mother turned off the hospital life support systems and allowed her daughter to die, computer activists claiming to be affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous are threatening to reveal the identities of Parsons' alleged rapists.<p>It's the latest twist in a heartbreaking case that Canadian authorities ruled was not a crime. Rehtaeh, who was 17, hanged herself on April 4 and died a few days later. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 14642 at http://hppr.org