The Madeleine Brand Show for June 13, 2012

Zenyatta with jockey Mike Smith aboard,

Mexican drug cartel uses racehorses for money laundering

Last weekend at Southern California's Los Alamitos racetrack, Mr. Ease Cartel qualified for a $1 million race. But he won't be running. Earlier this week, his owner's stables in New Mexico and Oklahoma were raided by federal authorities. Owner Jose Trevino and his brother Miguel are leaders in Mexico's infamous Zeta drug cartel.

Famous mobster Henry Hill, immortalized in 'Goodfellas,' dies

One of the country's best-known mobsters is dead. Henry Hill, whose life story was immortalized in the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," died yesterday after a long battle with an illness.
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Get ready — the internet may get a lot bigger

The agency in charge of managing the Internet, yes there's an agency for that, plans to increase the number of web address endings like .com or .org to possibly include things like .

What's behind ICANN's expansion of the Internet?

The agency driving the expansion of the web is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, based in Marina Del Rey. It's about to release a whole new slew of domain suffixes.
The Olympic Torch Continues Its Journey Around The UK

New study says parents do play favorites with their kids

Parents don't usually own up to playing favorites among their children, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen, or that kids don't feel like one sibling is treated differently than others. There's new research out from the University of Michigan that shows parents react more positively to a kid who has an agreeable personality.
Beetles Bring Devastation And Extreme Fire Danger To Southern California Forests

Mountain pine beetles turn wildfires from bad to worse

In New Mexico, a 56-square mile fire has damaged or destroyed over 200 homes and other structures. In Colorado, the High Park Fire has claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman and has destroyed more than 100 structures. That wildfire is only 10 percent contained and there's no rain in the weather forecast. But lack of water isn't the only thing fanning the flames. A mountain pine beetle infestation has turned trees into ready-made kindling.
Tortoises are pictured at the Shahjalal
Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live" brings us his wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news. Luke tells us about bacon milkshakes, tortoise divorce and Swedish twitter experiments.
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