Alan Greenblatt http://wrkf.org en Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course http://wrkf.org/post/yall-keep-talking-lab-scratches-southern-accent-reduction-course Government scientists can speak Southern after all.<p>Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's cancelling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the <em>Knoxville News Sentinel</em> <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>Officials at the scientific complex in East Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 30078 at http://wrkf.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets http://wrkf.org/post/house-votes-end-full-fare-rule-airline-tickets The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.<p>The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a <a href="http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/25/2011-9736/enhancing-airline-passenger-protections#h-42" target="_blank">2012 rule</a> that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.<p>Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill co-sponsor.<p>"Talk about the nanny state," he said. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 30025 at http://wrkf.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://wrkf.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29972 at http://wrkf.org How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://wrkf.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29914 at http://wrkf.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere http://wrkf.org/post/deal-detroit-could-signal-cuts-pensions-elsewhere It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.<p>That's no longer the case.<p>Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're cutting services. Numerous states and cities have trimmed the type of pension plans they're offering employees — mostly new employees.<p>But pension benefits already earned have always been sacrosanct, protected by federal law and, often, state constitutions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29756 at http://wrkf.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure http://wrkf.org/post/why-african-american-sports-pioneer-remains-obscure Alice Coachman Davis never entered the pantheon of breakthrough African-American sports heroes, like Jesse Owens or Wilma Rudolph. But she was a pioneer nonetheless.<p>In 1948, competing as Alice Coachman, she became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold, breaking the U.S. and Olympic records in the high jump.<p>Chances are, you've never heard of her. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:48:07 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29660 at http://wrkf.org Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://wrkf.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29318 at http://wrkf.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer http://wrkf.org/post/whats-causing-latest-immigration-crisis-brief-explainer It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.<p>Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.<p>President Obama has called on Congress to supply nearly $4 billion simply to deal with the problem. In the meantime, U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 29130 at http://wrkf.org What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month http://wrkf.org/post/federal-highway-program-could-run-out-money-next-month Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.<p>For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 28890 at http://wrkf.org Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble http://wrkf.org/post/unions-fear-high-courts-ruling-opens-door-more-trouble It wasn't the worst possible outcome for public sector unions. But that could still happen.<p>The Supreme Court stopped short in its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926651/supreme-court-rules-against-union-dues-for-some-home-care-workers" target="_blank">Harris v. Quinn decision</a> this week of eliminating unions' ability to collect compulsory dues from government workers who aren't union members but receive the same benefits. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 28829 at http://wrkf.org Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble