Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, describes the first day of hearings in the controversial Supreme Court case between the Westboro Baptist Church and a man who is suing them for protesting outside his son's military funeral in 2006.
It wasn’t that long ago that presidential candidate Barack Obama could command rapt crowds chanting his campaign motto of hope, change and rejuvenation for a nation seemingly in dire straits. But these days, President Obama has a harder time commanding that kind of grassroots support.
Swimming is one way to beat the heat – but it can be dangerous for those who don't have a basic knowledge of how to handle themselves in the water. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones knows this all too well: When he was five years old he almost drowned at an amusement park. This summer the gold medalist has been traveling around the country with the USA Swimming Foundation in a six-city tour called "Make a Splash with Cullen Jones." At each stop Jones meets with community leaders and teaches basic water safety to parents and children.
The poor economy means it's a good time to buy a house, but it also means that fewer people can actually afford this kind of investment. Yesterday, Takeaway contributor, Beth Kobliner outlined the pros and cons of house ownership in a shaky economy, and listeners responded.
Payam from Providence, Rhode Island wrote on our website:
"People shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that because a mortgage may be cheaper than rent that they can afford to buy a house. Renting is easier until you are financially set. Recession or not."
Yesterday New York City's Landmarks Preservation Committee effectively greenlighted the proposed Muslim Center two blocks from Ground Zero by unanimously voting not to give historic protection to the existing building on the center's proposed building site. Takeaway listeners on both sides of the issue responded to the building of the Cordoba Center in downtown Manhattan.
Steve King reached us via email:
"If we really want to strike a blow against al-Qaida, we should embrace moderate muslims even near the 'hallowed ground' spoken about in the show. Christians and Jews and folks of other faiths could walk over at lunchtime and shake some hands. Take that, Bin Laden!"
Yesterday the Utah Supreme Court overturned the conviction of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs on two counts of 'rape as accomplice' because of faulty juror instructions. The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was convicted in 2007 for marrying 14-year-old Elissa Walls to her 19-year-old cousin, Allen Steed.
Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with President Obama in the White House for the first time since taking office in May. The leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan and the global economy. But in the news conference after the meeting, the issue of BP and its role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber last year dominated the discussion.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for planning the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people. The Scottish government released Megrahi last August on compassionate terms after a doctor diagnosed him with terminal prostate cancer, saying he had only three months to live.
On Monday, we heard the case that a one-child family is the best decision in these tough economic times. But our listeners shared personal accounts from every side of this complex issue. Some of you sang the praises of your larger families, while others gave reasons of natural resources and money to argue that family size should be limited.
Seth from Hoboken called in to say:
I am an only child and I think it's a great thing for parents to decide to have only one kid, because right now we've got too many people with not enough food and not enough water and too many people using oil. So if every two people makes one person, the world will just have less people and there'll be more resources to go around.
Today, music fans around the world remember the work of Gustav Mahler, who would be 150 years old today. Ljubljana, Slovenia kicks off "Mahler Year," a year dedicated to the artist who lived and worked in the city from 1881-1882; and musicians in New York plan to kick off the NYC Summer Mahler Project. Not bad for a man who, in his lifetime, received little recognition for his 11 symphonies.