One year ago on the evening of February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who claims that he acted in self-defense. A judge announced earlier this month that jury selection in Zimmerman's murder trial will begin on June 10, 2013. WLRN reporter Phil Latzman has been following the case from Florida.
While Florida is still looking at its "stand your ground" laws. Politicians in Washington are still debating gun control, and this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Lahey, has scheduled four separate votes on Thursday on different gun control measures. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is following the legislation.
Horse meat was discovered in Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs this week, and the retailer responded by withdrawing the meatballs from their stores in fourteen European countries. It’s the latest in an escalating crisis over horse meat appearing in beef products. But it got us to thinking: Shouldn’t we expect filler in meatballs and other ground-meat foods?
Remember the days of health warnings by the surgeon general? They became a part of the way we thought about and understood health risks. Americans turned to the surgeon general, someone highly regarded as the nation's doctor. It's a position that today doesn't carry much influence, but in the 80s, Dr. C. Everett Koop rose to prominence in that role and became a household name.
This is one of the more straightforward elements in what's proving to be a complicated transition. And it has made has been complicated further by the resignation this week of the United Kingdom's most senior Catholic — Cardinal Keith O’Brien — for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior towards other priests.
The 1893 Columbian Exposition introduced the United States as an industrial power on the world’s stage. As the exposition opened on May 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland illuminated the fairgrounds with the push of a button, the first time most of the exposition's attendees had ever seen a light bulb.
Federal stimulus programs have poured more than $7 billion into reaching rural areas, but at least 19 million Americans still lack high-speed internet access. One of those communities still trying to get reliable broadband access is Silverton, Colorado.