Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 5:15 am
The men of the Betwata tribe gather to drink tea every morning in Irbil, Iraq, in an outdoor courtyard with curving pillars and climbing plants.
In northern Iraq, almost everyone is ethnically Kurdish, and most of them wear a traditional Kurdish baggy blue suit, with a colored sash, and black and white headdress. And they all talk about the war.
One of the men â€” Sarhad Betwata â€” is a general. The grizzled officer says he commands about 1,000 men and later this morning will head off from Irbil to the front lines with the Islamic State, close to the Syrian border.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:08 am
If you're a 12th grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you've seen four superintendents come and go.
As we discussed today on Morning Edition, the ouster of John Deasy last week as the head of the nation's second-largest district has renewed a long-running debate about leadership of big-city schools, and particularly the challenges of raising achievement in such a politically charged environment.
Track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic athlete, was given a verdict of culpable homicide by a judge in South Africa in September â€” a conviction that could have put him in prison for 15 years. As we reported at the time, Pistorius was found not guilty of the more serious charge of premeditated murder.
Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:51 pm
A grand jury has yet to decide if it will indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.
Protests over Brown's death are ongoing in Ferguson, though they are calmer than the sometimes violent clashes that happened immediately after the shooting.
Still, many residents there are worried about public reaction once the grand jury announces its decision, and some say they've had enough. They're planning to move. That could accelerate an already existing trend in the region.
Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:55 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Monday for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola.
The new guidelines "provide an increased margin of safety," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a conference call with reporters.
Frieden added that they represented a "consensus" by the health care workers who have treated people with Ebola in the United States, including those workers at hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska that have treated Ebola without further transmission.
Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:08 pm
Here's a question about the fine line between a prudent response and worrisome overkill: Is the sight of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hovering over a cruise ship to pick up a blood sample (which is to be tested for Ebola) a sight that should inspire feelings of reassurance, or a nagging sense that something is not quite right?
The question is still in the air after the weekend's effort to airlift a few milliliters of blood from a passenger who was on board what is now being called the Ebola Cruise.