WBFO http://news.wbfo.org en Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller http://news.wbfo.org/post/police-trace-heavy-breathing-emergency-caller Police near London received a troubling call, and all the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:55:00 +0000 editor 41514 at http://news.wbfo.org Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area http://news.wbfo.org/post/sad-panda-china-gets-her-own-play-area Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. The staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in southwest China built her a swing and parallel bars. She may get a real friend soon. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 41515 at http://news.wbfo.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://news.wbfo.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Several Ukrainian tanks are on the move in some eastern cities, according to reports Wednesday morning. Some of the armored personnel carriers are flying Russian flags. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 41512 at http://news.wbfo.org Pension Deal Would Help Detroit Climb Out Of Bankruptcy http://news.wbfo.org/post/business-news-176 The city has reached a tentative agreement with retired police officers and firefighters to preserve their pensions. Pensions of other city retirees would take a 4.5 percent hit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41513 at http://news.wbfo.org Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says http://news.wbfo.org/post/tremendously-gratifying-win-2-pulitzer-prizes-post-editor-says After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's two Pulitzer Prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41511 at http://news.wbfo.org Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System http://news.wbfo.org/post/last-word-business-243 Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41510 at http://news.wbfo.org Minority Tartars Consider Pragmatic Approach To Crimea Annexation http://news.wbfo.org/post/minority-tartars-consider-pragmatic-approach-crimea-annexation People in the newly annexed territory of Crimea are trying to figure out how to deal with their new status as part of Russia, rather than Ukraine. Tatars were vocal in their opposition to the Russian takeover of Crimea. That's because they remember their history of maltreatment under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41508 at http://news.wbfo.org NYPD To Disband Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://news.wbfo.org/post/nypd-disband-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The Demographics Unit was trying to root out terrorist threats, but never produced a usable lead. Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Matt Apuzzo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the unit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41507 at http://news.wbfo.org NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin http://news.wbfo.org/post/nbas-regular-season-ends-wednesday-nhl-playoffs-begin The National Hockey League playoffs start Wednesday night, and the National Basketball Association playoffs begin Saturday. We run down the post-season picture for both sports. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 editor 41506 at http://news.wbfo.org Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/gun-rights-supporters-rally-buffalo <p>On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:01:09 +0000 Mike Desmond 41505 at http://news.wbfo.org Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel http://news.wbfo.org/post/next-giants-buffalo-journalists-best-selling-authors-herbeck-michel <p>Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller <em>American Terrorist,</em> will lead a discussion on journalism. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41502 at http://news.wbfo.org The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino http://news.wbfo.org/post/paladino-drops-bid-woo-trump-will-support-astorino <p>Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:38 +0000 Mark Scott 41504 at http://news.wbfo.org Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino Poloncarz proposes child protection measures http://news.wbfo.org/post/poloncarz-proposes-child-protection-measures <p>An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:48:45 +0000 Chris Caya 41503 at http://news.wbfo.org Poloncarz proposes child protection measures Council approves new Canalside operator http://news.wbfo.org/post/council-approves-new-canalside-operator <p>The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:35:05 +0000 Mike Desmond 41509 at http://news.wbfo.org Council approves new Canalside operator Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://news.wbfo.org/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 41501 at http://news.wbfo.org Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed Sabres lose draft lottery; GM, coach reflect on 'unacceptable' season http://news.wbfo.org/post/sabres-lose-draft-lottery-gm-coach-reflect-unacceptable-season <p>The Buffalo Sabres just can't seem to catch a break in what has been a season of suffering.&nbsp; The Sabres lost the lottery held in Toronto Tuesday night to determine which of the non-playoff teams would get the top draft pick in the NHL draft this June. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:24:37 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41499 at http://news.wbfo.org Sabres lose draft lottery; GM, coach reflect on 'unacceptable' season The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://news.wbfo.org/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 David Schaper 41498 at http://news.wbfo.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://news.wbfo.org/post/taking-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 41497 at http://news.wbfo.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big http://news.wbfo.org/post/portugal-sales-receipt-may-be-your-ticket-win-big On Lisbon's cobblestone lanes, the Portuguese economy is hobbling along as it always has — in cash.<p>In a tiny, 100-year-old bar, Nuno Goncalves pours out glasses of <em>ginja</em> — a Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur — for his customers, mostly old men in flat caps. A small shot-glass full costs 50 cents — cash only. There is a cash register, but it doesn't print receipts.<p>"It's a local business. They just count the money they have, and the bottles they sell," explains a customer named Felipe. "They will not give you a receipt — and you will not ask for a receipt. Because, come on! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 41496 at http://news.wbfo.org In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War http://news.wbfo.org/post/pakistan-taliban-and-real-enemy-afghanistan-war Carlotta Gall's new book opens in 2006, when undercover Pakistani intelligence agents punched her in the face, after breaking into her hotel room and confiscating her phone and computer.<p>It's just one example of how risky her job — covering Afghanistan for <em>The New York Times</em> — has been. Gall writes that over 12 years, she lost friends and acquaintances in suicide bombings and shootings and saw others close to her savagely maimed.<p>"You don't think it's ever going to happen to you," Gall tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. "You're always focused on the story. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 editor 41495 at http://news.wbfo.org Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel http://news.wbfo.org/post/fxs-fargo-neither-remake-nor-sequel Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The FX cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called "Fargo" and has the same title as the 1996 Coen brothers movie. Our TV critic David Bianculli says it's a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit, but he says it's just as important to note what this new "Fargo" is not. It's not a remake, and it's not a sequel.<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: The 1996 Coen brothers' "Fargo" film is a brilliant movie. Let's start there. If you've seen it, chances are you haven't forgotten it and smile a bit just at the mention of it. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:00 +0000 David Bianculli 41494 at http://news.wbfo.org Assault weapon registration deadline is today http://news.wbfo.org/post/assault-weapon-registration-deadline-today <p>April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:22:48 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41491 at http://news.wbfo.org Assault weapon registration deadline is today Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry http://news.wbfo.org/post/hip-hop-dreams-lead-penning-poetry Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That is our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April, we're featuring original tweet-length poems - that's 140 characters or less delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners mostly, but also new this year, some of our regular contributors.<p>On Friday, we hosted a Twitter chat about the series with writer and hip-hop artist MK Asante and Chicago poet Malcolm London. You can see that conversation if you missed it by searching the hashtag #TMMPoetry. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41490 at http://news.wbfo.org Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music http://news.wbfo.org/post/muslim-singer-yuna-moves-john-mayers-music Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Next it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the top songs on their playlists. We caught up with Muslim pop star Yuna earlier this year, And she told us about some of her favorite tunes.<p>YUNA: Hey, I'm Yuna, and what's playing in my ear is Drake "From Time."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM TIME")<p>DRAKE: (Singing) You a flower child, beautiful child, I'm in your zone. Looking like you came from the '70s on your own. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41489 at http://news.wbfo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? http://news.wbfo.org/post/teen-sexting-not-so-bad Most parents who have seen their teenagers glued to a phone have wondered what, exactly, they're doing. Maybe they're texting about the next party or dance. And most parents hope they're not sending sexually explicit photos or messages.<p>But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.<p>"We're so reticent to acknowledge the sexual development of our teenagers, of our young people," says Rey Junco, fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He sees sexting as a way teenagers start to express their sexuality. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41488 at http://news.wbfo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant http://news.wbfo.org/post/army-corps-seeks-avoid-spread-invasive-hydrilla-plant <p>There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:38:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 41492 at http://news.wbfo.org Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document http://news.wbfo.org/post/us-attorney-review-alleged-forgery-buffalo-school-document <p>There are more twists in an ongoing alleged forgery case in the Buffalo Public School District. The District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on the federal government to investigate. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:53:49 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41486 at http://news.wbfo.org U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end http://news.wbfo.org/post/massive-school-reconstruction-project-coming-end <p>Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:21 +0000 Mike Desmond 41485 at http://news.wbfo.org Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades http://news.wbfo.org/post/sewer-authority-invest-380-million-system-upgrades <p>A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:25:09 +0000 Chris Caya 41487 at http://news.wbfo.org Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-high-school-seniors-encouraged-apply-say-yes <p>A new deadline is nearing for Buffalo Public high school seniors to complete scholarship applications for Say Yes Buffalo.&nbsp; As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says city students are encouraged to apply so they can attend college.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:35 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41484 at http://news.wbfo.org City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes