Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:42 am
One of the world's most famous and highest-paid athletes, Formula One racer Michael Schumacher, is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble, France. Doctors there are treating him for a critical head injury suffered over the weekend when the German driver fell and hit his head while skiing.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the opening of the New York Genome Center on Sept. 19 in New York City.
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Bloomberg talks with his daughter Emma (left) and sister Marjorie Tiven as they watch televised election reports on Sept. 25, 2001, in New York City. Bloomberg easily won the Republican primary over Herman Badillo.
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Bloomberg shakes hands with Gov. George Pataki after Pataki signed city school governance legislation June 12, 2002. The legislation gave Bloomberg control of the city's school system.
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Bloomberg and Pataki (left) tour the first completed section of Hudson River Park after opening ceremonies May 30, 2003, with children from nearby Public School 3. The 10-acre stretch of Manhattan parkland along the Hudson River is billed as "the Central Park of the 21st century."
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Bloomberg waves to the crowd at his election night party Nov. 8, 2005, in New York City. Bloomberg defeated Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer.
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Bloomberg has breakfast with Barack Obama at a diner in New York City on Nov. 30, 2007, before Obama was elected president.
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Bloomberg and girlfriend Diana Taylor attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Public Library on June 2, 2008.
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Bloomberg pauses to look at the World Trade Center site following a news conference on May 10, 2011.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton (center) walks with demonstrators during a silent march to end the "stop and frisk" program in New York on June 17, 2012. Thousands of protesters from civil rights groups marched in defiance of the tactics employed by city police.
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Bloomberg (center) views the Breezy Point area of Queens on Oct. 30, 2012, after fire destroyed about 80 homes as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the area a day earlier.
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Bloomberg holds a large cup as he speaks to the media about the effects of sugar on health at Lucky's restaurant, which voluntarily adopted a ban on large sugary drinks, March 12 in New York City. A state judge blocked Bloomberg's ban.
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Bloomberg speaks during a news conference to announce an operation that seized the largest number of illegal guns in the city's history on Aug. 19 in New York City. The operation, which involved an undercover agent buying guns that were smuggled from North Carolina and South Carolina, yielded more than 250 guns. Nineteen people were charged in the operation.
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New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (left) joins Bloomberg for a meeting in the "Bull Pen," the mayor's main City Hall office, on Nov. 6.
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Bloomberg stands near a display of cigarettes during a news conference at City Hall, where he announced that New York City had filed a lawsuit against eight smoke shops on an Indian reservation on Long Island, on Sept. 29, 2008.
At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.
But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. But the changes implemented by Bloomberg will impact generations of New Yorkers to come.
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Nothing says New Year like the giant sparkling ball lowered in Times Square. Still, other cities have other traditions. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, they drop a giant strawberry. And this year, that tradition went splat. In a test drop last Friday, a malfunction sent the big fiberglass strawberry plunging three stories, shattering on the sidewalk. They're now rushing to get a new strawberry ready for the New Year. That's tomorrow. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
OK, let's look back just a single year now with NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans. He's been giving us his most memorable television moments from 2013. And this morning, Eric has something of a twofer because he says the best TV prank of the year became one of the worst moments for television journalists.
How do you get a cow out of a swimming pool? Wait, hear me out, this is not the setup for a bad joke. It's real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the entire pool, also a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats, and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out. The homeowner says he's not sure how the cow got into the pool; that's just the setup for a whole other joke.
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If I say cinnamon, you say ... sugar? It's a popular combination, of course.
But if you're interested in the health-promoting effects of cinnamon, you may want to think anew about the spice.
For instance, says John Critchley, executive chef at Bourbon Steak Restaurant in Washington, D.C., why not add it to savory dishes? He uses cinnamon to create a spice and herb rub for lamb loin. He also whips up a great spinach salad with raisins, pine nuts and cinnamon.
The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is netting foreign journalists. A team from Al Jazeera English was detained by police yesterday. Egypt's military-led government has accused them of spreading false news and also of talking to members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Just a reminder, the Brotherhood is the movement led by Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed as president last summer. For more, we reached Shadi Hamid, an analyst with the Brookings Institution center in Doha. Welcome back to the show.
In Japan, you can buy an incredible range of things from vending machines: bags of rice, fishing tackle or fresh flowers. And now you can add bras to that list — in particular the wireless "Fun Fun Week" bra.