News
3:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

US-Cuba thaw is bad news from American fugitives in Cuba

FBI wanted poster from 1983 

FBI

For years, Cuba's Castros have provided a tropical hideaway for some of America's Most Wanted.

For this rogue's gallery of cop killers and bank robbers, an easing in relations between Washington and Havana is none too pleasing. The list of fugitives includes the first woman on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, who carries a $1 million bounty on her head.

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News
3:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship

All too often, war violently intersects with the lives of average people. In Syria, sadly, those people are often children.

This summer, two best friends, we'll call them Mohammed and Omar, were exploring outside — as 9-year-olds anywhere are wont to do — in their Syrian hometown of Daraa. They stumbled upon an electronic device and began to play with it. That device turned out to be unexploded ordnance — which didn't stay unexploded for long. The two boys were critically wounded — Mohammed lost both his legs and his left hand and Omar had severe abdominal and leg injuries.

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News
3:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda

ISIS, the militant group that also calls itself the Islamic State, often grabs the attention of the world with shocking videos of beheadings. But it also relies on pro-jihadi songs — called "nasheeds" in Arabic — to spread its message.

"My people, dawn has arrived. Await the expected victory," goes one of the group's best-known songs. It was released at the end of last year, and it has become the soundtrack for so many of the group's videos that some even consider it their anthem.

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News
2:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Iranians are jealous of the new US-Cuba thaw

Church bells in Havana rang out after the news of renewed ties between the US and Cuba broke on Wednesday. But in Tehran, the rapprochement between two longtime enemies inspired something else: envy.

"I saw some sarcasm, I saw some hope, I saw some envy,'' says Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian journalist based in New York. "Also I would say disappointment and negativity, that a lot of people were saying, 'Well, this happened to Cuba, but it might not happen to Iran sometime soon."

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Music Hall
12:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Music Hall renovation secures more funding, nearing goal

Credit Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Music Hall supporters are another step closer to their fundraising goal to renovate the aging performance center.

Thursday the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the project $25 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The normal credit is $5 million but the agency is allowed to award one "catalytic project" every two years. To qualify, projects must be large-scale rehabilitation efforts "that will foster significant economic development within a 2,500 foot radius of the building." This cycle, the agency chose Music Hall.

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News
11:32 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Here are the books we read this year that we think you'll love

 Moyan Brenn/Flickr

When the mail comes in each day at The World, it always brings a pile of new books. Sometimes there's even a feeding frenzy as producers vie for various hot now titles.

Rest assured, we love to read. And with all that reading, some books definitely surfaced to the top of our recommendation list. Here are our favorite books from 2014.

Our picks:

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Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
6:30 am
Thu December 18, 2014

How the local African International Foundation for Educational Excellence helps students in Kenya

Feeding students in Kenya
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Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
6:30 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The history of the important Miami and Erie Canal detailed in a new book from Arcadia Publishing

  

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Aging
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Seniors want presence, not presents, this holiday season

From left: Doris Kuszler, Joyce Uetrecht, Harold "Chappie" Chapman, and Marybelle Chapman.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Gift-giving season is in full swing and many people have at least one hard to shop for person on their list. For some, that person might be an elderly relative. If so, put down the bubble bath, leave the gooey sticky candies on the shelf, and for goodness sake, No More KnickKnacks!

"A terrible gift idea, I think, is more junk," says Harold "Chappie" Chapman. "Most of us have downsized."

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Special program
3:57 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Journey From Within

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, and Bishop Julian Smith, left, flank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a civil rights march in Memphis, Tenn., March 28, 1968.

Originally aired Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11 PM

The Journey From Within is a one-hour tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The special begins with a song by Sweet Honey in the Rock and then continues with the words of Dr. Maya Angelou. Listeners will also hear from Reverend Adam Clayton Powell and philosopher Cornel West. There are important historical moments from Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1965 Civil Rights speech, and the voice of Dr. King.

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