Author Interviews
11:48 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Stories Reach Below The Surface Of China's Growth

Ye Rin Mok

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:00 pm

The word "haunting" could be used to describe many of the short stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. The collection is by Yiyun Li, who emigrated from Beijing to the United States in the 1990s, and received the prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant in 2010.

With the backdrop of a nation moving from isolation to openness, Li's characters deal with universal struggles such as loneliness, regret, love and loss. And often, they're not who they may appear to be.

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Howard Wilkinson at RNC
10:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Howard Wilkinson at the Republican National Convention


Each morning this week Howard Wilkinson will join Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the Republican National Convention.  Here's today's chat:

10:04 am
Mon August 27, 2012

As Conventions Begin, Where Is The U.S. Economy?

Sales of new homes, like this one in Palo Alto, Calif., rose 3.6 percent in July.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 2:52 pm

In late August of 2008, just as delegates were coming together for their political-party conventions, the U.S. economy was falling apart. Home sales were shutting down, employers were slashing payrolls, and financial institutions were lurching toward chaos.

Subsequent weeks saw political leaders and regulators fighting through one gut-wrenching day after another, trying to avert a complete collapse of global markets. On Sept. 24, Republican presidential candidate John McCain temporarily suspended his campaign to help Congress develop financial bailout plans.

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-Inside Pitch
10:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Ohio has to deliver for Romney, Fleischer says

Ohio has "the most important delegation from the most important state in the most important country in the world,'' Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush told the Ohio delegation Monday morning.

"You have a profoundly important job to do, and, boy, do you know how to do it,'' Fleischer told the delegates at their morning breakfast in Tampa. "You need to deliver Ohio for Mitt Romney."

Inside Pitch
9:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Cancelling Monday session the right call, Ohio chairman says

Despite the fact that Tampa is taking only an indirect hit from Tropical Storm Isaac, calling off the Monday sessions was the right call, Ohio Republican Party chairman Bob Bennett said this morning.

"A few days ago, it looked like it would be a direct hit,'' Bennett told reporters before the Ohio delegation breakfast Monday. "They made the right call."

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Inside Pitch
8:25 am
Mon August 27, 2012

A Romney son today; Gingrich, Santorum and Rice to come

The Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was to have heard from Mitt Romney's son, Craig this morning, but the middle child of Romney's five sons, Josh is now going to take his place.

Josh is rumored to have his own political ambitions.

With the convention sessions canceled today because of weather conditions, most delegates will be stuck at the hotel; and, at 12:45, they will get an extra treat - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran for the GOP nomination and lost, will visit the Ohio delegates.  

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8:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Last Stop on the LX Time Machine - Wyoming Farmers Market

The cozy neighborhood of Wyoming
Chelsea VandeDrink

Jim's right - this interview was warm and inviting.  An emotion not to distant from our overall experience in Wyoming.  The women in charge of the Wyoming Farmer's Market are not just enthusiastic about food, but the community as well.

It's All Politics
7:53 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Trump: Romney Got A Laugh, But Birther 'Issue' Is No Joke

Donald Trump on Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., where local Republicans named him their Statesman of the Year.
Edward Linsmier Getty Images

The Donald isn't done yet with the "birther" conspiracy.

Developer/reality show star/sort-of politician Donald Trump brought his unique personality to Florida on Sunday and for at least a few minutes took some of the spotlight away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa and tropical storm Isaac out in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Participation Nation
7:03 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Loving Dogs In Toms River, N.J.

Alice and Simon.
Courtesy of CVCJ

When a doglover gets to an age when she can't care for a dog anymore, it can be a huge loss.

Since 2009, Simon, a Golden Retriever and his owner, Pat, have been visiting Alice — who is 94 years old and legally blind — in her home near Toms River.

For years, Alice enjoyed the companionship of a dog. Now because of health problems, she cannot. So every week she looks forward to her visits with Pat and Simon, who are part of the Caregiver Canines program.

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