AirTalk for August 14, 2013


Feds sue to block massive airline merger

The plan to create the largest airline in U.S. history may get derailed by the Department of Justice. calling the merger "pretty messed up" and "bad for consumers," Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer announced a lawsuit to block the deal between American Airlines and US Airways that was cemented earlier this year.
The practice of slaughtering wild horses on Indian reservations has never been banned, but has been forced to stop when funding for inspection was cut from the federal budget.

Do we praise our children too much?

Early childhood experts are saying too much praise can have negative side effects. As KPCC’s reporter Deepa Fernades explained, when parents praise kids for talent or intelligence, they are making it harder for them to deal with life.
Palestinian supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi protest against the violence in the Egyptian capital on August 14, 2013, in Gaza City.

Egyptian police crackdown on protest camps

At least 149 people were killed and 1,400 injured in Egypt Wednesday, in one of the deadliest days that country has seen since the revolution. Egyptian security forces moved in with tear gas, gunfire and bulldozers sweeping away two sit-in camps of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Should non-English speakers serve on a jury?
A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this week underscored the rights of non-English speakers to serve as jurors in the state's trials.
Tim Armstrong, CEO and Chairman of AOL Inc.

Do hyperlocal blogs still matter?

When AOL CEO Tim Armstrong interrupted his own conference call to fire someone for recording the call, he turned an important moment in the world of hyperlocal news reporting into a teachable moment in personnel management. Now many media watchers are speculating on the fate of both Patch and the phenomenon of local reporting largely.
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