Morning Edition for Friday, August 30, 2013

British Parliament Rejects Military Strikes On Syria

The British Parliament has refused to endorse a military strike against Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron had called the session to argue for military intervention in Syria in response to the apparent chemical strike that killed hundreds there.
President Obama is trying to convince Congress to get on board with his plans for Syria. Thursday night, some key members of Congress heard from top White House officials during a 90 minute phone call.
The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian University lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division 1. Every year, lower level Division 1 schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools.

Dumplings Taste Better When Filled With Memories

Just about every culture has dumplings. For the Polish, it's pierogi, and as Morning Edition editor Renita Jablonski writes, this little dumpling plays a big role for many Polish-Americans in preserving and celebrating their heritage.
Many obstetricians make more money for C-sections than for vaginal deliveries. In a recent study, these doctors were more likely to perform the costly procedure than doctors paid a flat salary. But when the pregnant women were also physicians, doctors seemed less swayed by financial incentives.
President Obama reportedly is still considering unilateral U.S. strikes in Syria despite the British Parliament's rejection of military action. Lawmakers in London voted on Thursday.

Afghan Viewpoint Of U.S. Army Trial Of Robert Bales

A group of Afghan victims and witnesses were flown to the U.S. for the sentencing hearing of Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Bales gunned down 16 people last year just outside his outpost in Kandahar province. Ahmad Shafi was asked to translate the proceedings to the group of Afghans, and he talks about the experience with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

Secret U.S. Spy Budget Revealed

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported on U.S. spy agencies' $52.6 billion secret budget for fiscal year 2013. The information is said to be included in leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Back in the 1990s, Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff were tired of the super sweet iced teas available in stores. So they started their own company to cater to "more sophisticated, grown-up tastes." They chronicle their adventures and misadventures in a graphic novel called Mission In A Bottle.

White House Presses On With Plans To Strike Syria

The Obama administration says action is necessary because Syria's government used chemical weapons against its own people last week — killing hundreds. What evidence is there that Syria's government was behind the attack?
David Greene talks to retired U.S. Army General Jack Keane about possible military targets in Syria — should President Obama decide to launch a strike. General Keane says the primary targets should include several airfields. That would eliminate runways and aircraft, and the other infrastructure that supports Syria's air power.
A decade ago, cranes that had never before migrated followed the lead of an ultralight plane to learn the route south. Several generations later, old cranes are teaching young birds to navigate that same route. It's a clue that migration is a combination of nature and nurture, researchers say.

Following In The Family Footsteps

A father prepares to hand over the family business — a funeral home — to his daughter. The business has been in the family for more than a century and she'll be the fourth generation to run it.
On Friday, embattled Mayor Bob Filner officially steps down. Allegations of sexual harassment against Filner have rocked the eighth-largest American city. Now, San Diegans face a potentially contentious special election in November.
Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist are approaching their 17th wedding anniversary, and they've been making music together even longer. Meet Me at the Edge of the World, their latest album as Over the Rhine, grows from the couple's deep and tangled roots in rural Ohio.

Have A Red Carpet Moment Whenever You Want

If you haven't had enough of last weekend's Video Music Awards, you can take a little home with you. A Brooklyn store owner is auctioning off a strip of the long red carpet that was laid in front of his Mini Mart near the event. He says if no one bites, he'll put it in his basement.

Kittens Force Partial Closure Of NYC Subway

Two subway lines in Brooklyn were shut down on Thursday when transit workers saw two tiny kittens on the track. Supervisors and transit police joined the pursuit but it took almost two hours of cat herding to catch the kitties and clear the tracks.
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