WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en USC's Josh Shaw Suspended For Making Up Heroic Tale http://wgbhnews.org/post/uscs-josh-shaw-suspended-making-heroic-tale The University of Southern California has suspended cornerback Josh Shaw after he admitted to fabricating a heroic tale that explained his sprained ankle.<p><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/uscs-josh-shaw-lied-about-rescue-story/">CBS News reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication," the school announced in a statement Wednesday.<p>"The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story on their website Monday l Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 28422 at http://wgbhnews.org USC's Josh Shaw Suspended For Making Up Heroic Tale Market Basket Board Reaches Settlement With Arthur T. Demoulas http://wgbhnews.org/post/market-basket-board-reaches-settlement-arthur-t-demoulas <p>The Market Basket shareholders and board of directors signed a deal late Wednesday to sell the grocery chain to Arthur T. Demoulas for more than $1.5 billion.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:52:29 +0000 Anne Mostue 28420 at http://wgbhnews.org Market Basket Board Reaches Settlement With Arthur T. Demoulas Ukrainian President Says Russian Troops Have Entered His Country http://wgbhnews.org/post/ukrainian-president-says-russian-troops-have-entered-his-country <a href="http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/31102.html">Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says</a> Russian troops entered his country on Thursday.<p>Poroshenko said he was canceling a trip to Turkey and he was asking the United Nations Security Council to meet to provide an assessment of the "sharp aggravation of the situation in Ukraine."<p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/28/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/">Another Ukrainian official told CNN</a> that the movement of Russian troops amounted to a "full-scale invasion."<p>Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 28421 at http://wgbhnews.org Ukrainian President Says Russian Troops Have Entered His Country Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books http://wgbhnews.org/post/telling-crimeas-story-through-childrens-books Understanding all the players, alliances and political stakes in the rapidly shifting crisis in Ukraine can be challenging for anyone unfamiliar with Eastern Europe and its history. And it doesn't get any simpler when you step back a century or two — which is why Lily Hyde's stories blending history, myth and geopolitics are grabbing the attention of readers, reporters and activists alike.<p>We all want to believe in fairy tales. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Lorena O'Neil 28419 at http://wgbhnews.org Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency http://wgbhnews.org/post/former-border-protection-insider-alleges-corruption-distortion-agency Two months ago, James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 28415 at http://wgbhnews.org Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones http://wgbhnews.org/post/icy-solution-mystery-slithering-stones A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 28414 at http://wgbhnews.org An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones A Mall With Two Minimum Wages http://wgbhnews.org/post/mall-two-minimum-wages The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you're in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city's minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.<p>Philip Sandigo manages a shoe store on the $8-an-hour side. When San Jose raised the minimum wage, he lost about half his staff.<p>They went to the stores on the side of the mall that paid $2 an hour more.<p>Sandigo asked the owners of the shoe store if he could raise wages, but they said no. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Steve Henn 28416 at http://wgbhnews.org A Mall With Two Minimum Wages How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella http://wgbhnews.org/post/how-foster-farms-solving-case-mystery-salmonella <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/">Foster Farms</a>, California's biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://www.marlerblog.com/files/2013/10/Foster-Poultry-Farms-Est.-6137P.pdf">threatened</a> to shut down three of the company's plants.<p>Since then, though, the company has <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/about/press/press_release.asp?press_release_id=184">reduced</a> its rates of salmonella contamination dramatically. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 28417 at http://wgbhnews.org How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat http://wgbhnews.org/post/brooklyn-man-fights-syria-officials-unsure-threat Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at every table.<p>If you narrow your eyes, the cafe looks like it has been transplanted from Yemen. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 28418 at http://wgbhnews.org Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Aug. 28 http://wgbhnews.org/post/whats-greater-boston-thursday-aug-28 <p class="p1">Join us for an encore presentation of our Summer Books and Movies Special. Local authors share their favorite titles from across the literary spectrum, and a panel of film critics pans and praises the films now in theaters.</p><p class="p1"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">Email us at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:GreaterBoston@WGBH.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">GreaterBoston@WGBH.org</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 WGBH News 28411 at http://wgbhnews.org After Curtis Release, MIT Expert Weighs In On Syria's Islamic Extremists http://wgbhnews.org/post/after-curtis-release-mit-expert-weighs-syrias-islamic-extremists <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8IYJIwhOvKk?rel=0" width="600"></iframe></p><p class="p1">The grief and elation of two New England families have been the center of international attention over the past week. A Cambridge family is celebrating tonight&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">after the safe return of Peter Theo Curtis, a writer held by an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria for more than two years. Hours after landing at Logan airport, Curtis made his first public statements emerging from his mother’s home this morning to thank those who worked for his release. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curtis’ release came just days after another American hostage and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS, a different militant group in Syria. Some have suggested this timing is not a coincidence.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:49:59 +0000 WGBH News 28395 at http://wgbhnews.org August Recess: A Sit-Down With Rep. Mike Capuano http://wgbhnews.org/post/august-recess-sit-down-rep-mike-capuano <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G1JhZJkHC6k?rel=0" width="600"></iframe></p><p class="p1">When Congress reconvenes after the August recess, they’ll be confronted with a new set of challenges.&nbsp; From racial tensions in Ferguson, Mo., to the escalating threat in the Middle East, the political landscape has shifted in just the last 26 days. We’ve invited members of the Massachusetts delegation to join us before they return to Washington, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">WGBH&nbsp;reporter&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Adam Reilly sat down with Somerville Congressman <a href="http://www.house.gov/capuano/">Michael Capuano</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:48:43 +0000 WGBH News 28393 at http://wgbhnews.org Is the Media Fueling The Unrest In Ferguson? http://wgbhnews.org/post/media-fueling-unrest-ferguson <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1MMoY3uoAAw?rel=0" width="600"></iframe></p><p class="p1">One day after Michael Brown was laid to rest, protestors returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unlike the weeks leading up to the funeral there was no violence or heavy police presence last night. Still, demonstrators say they won’t rest until they get justice for Brown’s family.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black teen and the larger question of the use of force by law enforcement have fueled most of the demonstrations, some activists are also hurling criticism at the media for the way it portrays black men.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:47:20 +0000 WGBH News 28394 at http://wgbhnews.org Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses http://wgbhnews.org/post/after-73000-payout-campaign-manager-confronts-higher-price A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.<p>There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Peter Overby 28412 at http://wgbhnews.org Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants http://wgbhnews.org/post/aclu-us-settle-lawsuit-deportation-immigrants Marta Mendoza, a 47-year-old Mexican woman, had lived in the Los Angeles area illegally for 32 years. There, she raised six children, all U.S. citizens.<p>In July 2013, Mendoza, who has a history of mental health issues, was arrested for shoplifting at a pharmacy near her home. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 28413 at http://wgbhnews.org In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://wgbhnews.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure."<p><hr /><p>Clarification: Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies states in this story that the settlement would allow "hundreds of thousands" of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally to return. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:00 +0000 John Burnett 28409 at http://wgbhnews.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food' http://wgbhnews.org/post/diplomats-and-lawyers-try-define-culturally-acceptable-food Here's a fine topic for a graduate seminar in anthropology: What makes food culturally acceptable? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 28408 at http://wgbhnews.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food' State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections http://wgbhnews.org/post/state-democrats-play-defense-ahead-midterm-elections Democrats are bracing for the 2014 election, now fewer than 10 weeks away.<p>What has them worried this year?<p>There's the president's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/22/342493151/for-obama-august-is-the-cruelest-month">slumping</a> approval scores, the public view that the country is on the <a href="http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track">wrong track</a>, and frustration that the economic recovery hasn't eased the nation's economic anxiety.<p>And then there's the usual weariness that settles in at this point in a two-term pr Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:29:59 +0000 Don Gonyea 28407 at http://wgbhnews.org State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections Send In The Housing Inspectors: Boston Readies For Move-In Weekend http://wgbhnews.org/post/send-housing-inspectors-boston-readies-move-weekend <p>Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said his office is keeping a close watch on properties that rent to college students as the city prepare for the annual influx of college students returning to Boston.<br /><br />From Friday to Monday more than 50 housing inspectors will hit the sidewalks of Allston, Brighton, Fenway and Mission Hill, executing on-the-spot safety inspections for those renters who request them.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:18:47 +0000 Kirk Carapezza 28406 at http://wgbhnews.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://wgbhnews.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 28410 at http://wgbhnews.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS http://wgbhnews.org/post/life-man-who-died-fighting-isis Douglas McAuthur McCain was a U.S. citizen raised in Minnesota. He also just earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. For more on McCain, Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Schmidt of <em>The New York Times</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 28405 at http://wgbhnews.org In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers http://wgbhnews.org/post/fixing-recalled-cars-gm-dealers-hope-wow-customers Months after General Motors announced its big ignition switch recall, parts to fix the affected cars are finally arriving in greater numbers at dealerships. That recall was swiftly followed by dozens of other GM recalls for other problems.<p>The customers now flooding the service bays are presenting dealers both a challenge and an opportunity.<p>It's summer in Michigan, so there are plenty of other places Kyle Belanger would likely rather be. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 28404 at http://wgbhnews.org In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign http://wgbhnews.org/post/mapping-out-end-days-midterm-campaign <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Mapping+Out+The+End+Days+Of+The+Midterm+Campaign&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. With the end of August comes the traditional beginning of the fall election season. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Melissa Block 28403 at http://wgbhnews.org As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon http://wgbhnews.org/post/bk-takes-tim-hortons-canadians-stay-loyal-their-national-icon <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+BK+Takes+Tim+Hortons%2C+Canadians+Stay+Loyal+To+Their+National+Icon&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There are lots of worried Canadians right now with the news that Burger King is buying the iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons because Tim Hortons isn't just another chain, it's part of the Canadian psyche. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 28402 at http://wgbhnews.org Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast http://wgbhnews.org/post/surfers-flock-water-huge-waves-hit-west-coast <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Surfers+Flock+To+The+Water%2C+As+Huge+Waves+Hit+The+West+Coast&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Southern California, strong riptides and huge surf are scouring the coast. It's all thanks to Hurricane Marie. The storm is turning hundreds of miles to the Southwest off the coast of Baja, California. There's been some flooding in cities around Los Angeles. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 28401 at http://wgbhnews.org Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes http://wgbhnews.org/post/chicaco-greets-little-league-national-champs-returning-heroes Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series. Chicago Public Radio's Natalie Moore reports that this all-black team has helped to unify a city reeling from North and South Side segregation, as well as renewed attention on the city's violence. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 editor 28400 at http://wgbhnews.org When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That http://wgbhnews.org/post/staring-down-famine-agencies-hesitate-use-f-word-south-sudan Chris Hillbruner has a little-known job with an extraordinary responsibility: to determine how close a given country has come to famine.<p>In his six years at the U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 28399 at http://wgbhnews.org When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter http://wgbhnews.org/post/leaving-afghanistan-us-troops-must-declutter Sgt. 1st Class Tom Albert is with the Army's 2nd Engineers at the massive Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, and he's overseeing operation Clean Sweep here. It's a huge job, because American troops and equipment are scheduled to be out of Bagram and other bases by the end of the year.<p>The U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 28398 at http://wgbhnews.org Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://wgbhnews.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 28396 at http://wgbhnews.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge Weekly Innovation: A Sad Desk Microwave For Your Sad Desk Lunch http://wgbhnews.org/post/weekly-innovation-sad-desk-microwave-your-sad-desk-lunch Too busy to walk all the way to the kitchen to heat up a meal? The prototype for the BrainWave desktop microwave is the answer. It's exactly what it sounds like: a phone book-size microwave to heat up your frozen lunch, at your desk.<p>The BrainWave is controlled through a computer program and connects through a USB port, and if you have a specially packaged meal, an RFID-tagged plastic spoon will let you scan the box and send the meal information to the microwave. This will automatically set the heating time. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Elise Hu 28397 at http://wgbhnews.org Weekly Innovation: A Sad Desk Microwave For Your Sad Desk Lunch