WBFO http://news.wbfo.org en FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report http://news.wbfo.org/post/fcc-propose-change-net-neutrality-rules-media-report The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:06:00 +0000 editor 41693 at http://news.wbfo.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy http://news.wbfo.org/post/obama-gets-taste-jiros-dream-sushi-name-diplomacy President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.<p>He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called <a href="http://www.sushi-jiro.jp/eng-index.html">Sukiyabashi Jiro</a>. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/16/148737187/cameras-follow-worlds-greatest-sushi-chef">Jiro Dreams of Sushi</a>.<em> </em><p>Obama emerged with a thumbs-up review. "That's some good sushi right there," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 41692 at http://news.wbfo.org Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' http://news.wbfo.org/post/scientists-pinpoint-source-antarctic-quack For decades, researchers and submarine crews in icy waters off the coast of Antarctica have been picking up a mysterious quacking sound.<p>The "bio-duck," as its called, has been heard on and off since Cold War patrols picked it up on sonar during the 1960s.<p>"It goes 'quack, quack, quack, quack,' " says <a href="http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsPeople.html">Denise Risch</a>, a marine biologist with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. "It has this almost mechanical feel to it."<p>Some thought it might be a secret Soviet sub. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 41691 at http://news.wbfo.org Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack' $21 million in federal grants going to local Head Start program http://news.wbfo.org/post/21-million-federal-grants-going-local-head-start-program <p>Erie County's Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education program is getting a big boost from Washington. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:59 +0000 Chris Caya 41690 at http://news.wbfo.org $21 million in federal grants going to local Head Start program Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes http://news.wbfo.org/post/chile-wildfire-litters-questions-ash-burned-out-homes In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 41689 at http://news.wbfo.org Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market http://news.wbfo.org/post/big-time-home-sales-stoke-hope-northeast-housing-market Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 41688 at http://news.wbfo.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41687 at http://news.wbfo.org Local actors celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday http://news.wbfo.org/post/local-actors-celebrate-william-shakespeare-s-birthday <p>Cast and crew members of Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrated the writer’s 450th birthday Wednesday. The group read excerpts of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets, monolouges and plays all day in honor of his legacy.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:10:34 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41683 at http://news.wbfo.org Local actors celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option http://news.wbfo.org/post/jessica-lea-mayfield-sometimes-sanity-better-option <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meHGilIpCbE</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41685 at http://news.wbfo.org For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands http://news.wbfo.org/post/seth-meyers-late-night-challenge-what-do-his-hands Seth Meyers already had his dream job. As the host of<em> Saturday Night Live</em>'s<em> Weekend Update,</em> "I sort of had already accomplished the job I never thought I would accomplish," he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. He joined the cast in 2001 and was there for 12 years.<p>But in one of the recent rounds of musical chairs/desks in the late-night talk show scene, Meyers landed <em>Late Night</em>. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of <em>Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show </em>and<em> Late Night</em>, encouraged Meyers to host the 12:30 a.m. spot and make it his own. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 +0000 editor 41684 at http://news.wbfo.org Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On? http://news.wbfo.org/post/can-high-quality-preschool-make-big-difference-later Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we turn to education for the youngest Americans. We're talking preschool here. President Obama has challenged the country to provide what he calls high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds. He mentioned this in his last two State of the Union addresses. Here he is earlier this year.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As Congress decides what it's going want to do, I'm going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K that they need. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41682 at http://news.wbfo.org Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy http://news.wbfo.org/post/yaya-alafias-songs-strength-her-baby-boy Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.<p>But she was nice enough to take time out from her busy schedule to join us as part of our regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guest to tell us about the songs they've been listening to. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41681 at http://news.wbfo.org Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet http://news.wbfo.org/post/nigerian-activist-chooses-exile-over-life-closet Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to go back to a story that we've turned to a number of times on this program. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41680 at http://news.wbfo.org Critics call on Verizon for FiOS TV access in Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/critics-call-verizon-fios-tv-access-buffalo <p>Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:55:37 +0000 Mike Desmond 41679 at http://news.wbfo.org Critics call on Verizon for FiOS TV access in Buffalo Clergy members call on county for jail release program http://news.wbfo.org/post/clergy-members-call-county-jail-release-program <p>After being rebuffed for several weeks dozens of local clergy showed up unannounced at Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office to push for the reinstatement of a conditional release program at the county jail. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:25:32 +0000 Chris Caya 41678 at http://news.wbfo.org Clergy members call on county for jail release program In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://news.wbfo.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 41676 at http://news.wbfo.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day http://news.wbfo.org/post/florida-school-offered-kids-caffeine-test-day Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some stores post a warning: Disobedient children will be given and a puppy and an espresso. Maybe that's not so bad. Kids at a Melbourne, Florida elementary school were given caffeine. Each kid was offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop, but the principal says she read a study on keeping kids' energy levels stable. By the way, Creole Elementary is rated an A+ school. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 editor 41673 at http://news.wbfo.org Canadian Police Extricate Bear From Jar http://news.wbfo.org/post/canadian-police-extricate-bear-jar Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Winnie the Pooh is often found head-first in a jar of honey. For a bear in Canada, birdseed was too much to resist. Residents in Sudbury, Ontario spotted a bear stumbling down the street, unable to see where it was going, because a large jar of birdseed was stuck on its head. It even bumped into a police car. The cops, you will be happy to know, got experts there to sedate the bear and cut the jar off its head.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:05:00 +0000 editor 41674 at http://news.wbfo.org Haagen-Dazs Experiments With Veggie Ice Cream http://news.wbfo.org/post/last-word-business-247 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Our last word in business is: Veggie Ice Cream.<p>Japanese parents trying to get their kids to eat vegetables can skip to desert.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Haagen-Dazs is testing vegetable-flavored ice cream in Japan. Flavors include tomato cherry and carrot orange.<p>INSKEEP: Mm. It is healthier than traditional ice cream, although, not because of the vegetable content. Mainly because the milk content is lower. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 41675 at http://news.wbfo.org Security Situation In Eastern Ukraine Is Unpredictable http://news.wbfo.org/post/security-situation-eastern-ukraine-worsens In some of the towns where pro-Moscow militants have occupied government buildings, it is clear that someone is giving orders. In other places, a state of near chaos reigns. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 41672 at http://news.wbfo.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban http://news.wbfo.org/post/legal-battle-over-affirmative-action-continues Steve Inskeep talks to Lee Bollinger, a former president at the University of Michigan, about Tuesday's ruling. Bollinger was president during two earlier landmark affirmative action cases. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 41671 at http://news.wbfo.org How Hospitals Can Reduce Disabilities For Stroke Patients http://news.wbfo.org/post/how-hospitals-can-reduce-disabilities-stroke-patients Research finds when hospitals initiate rapid response programs to treat stroke victims, response time is cut and fewer patients die. The stroke patients also have fewer significant disabilities. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 41670 at http://news.wbfo.org Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters http://news.wbfo.org/post/san-francisco-library-hires-social-worker-help-homeless-patrons Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Whether they like it or not, libraries in some cities serve as homeless shelters. People come off the streets to find quiet and warmth. If libraries want to do something about this, they have some choices: They can put homeless visitors back out on the street. San Francisco libraries want to get them back on their feet.<p>Scott Shafer reports from member station KQED.<p>SCOTT SHAFER, BYLINE: On a recent weekday morning, San Francisco library patron Jacqueline Diehl enters the city's main branch. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 41669 at http://news.wbfo.org Community Music School in Buffalo celebrates 90th anniversary http://news.wbfo.org/post/community-music-school-buffalo-celebrates-90th-anniversary <p>The <a href="http://communitymusicbuffalo.org/">Community Music School </a>has been providing music lessons to individuals in Buffalo for 90 years. The school will be celebrating its anniversary with a big event Thursday night in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans.&nbsp; Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eileen Buckley 41666 at http://news.wbfo.org Community Music School in Buffalo celebrates 90th anniversary Erie County to spend $27 million on road, bridge repairs http://news.wbfo.org/post/erie-county-spend-27-million-road-bridge-repairs <p>Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced a list of area roadways that will be under construction this season. The county plans to spend $27 million on the infrastructure projects if the legislature approves an additional $4.5 million. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 41658 at http://news.wbfo.org Erie County to spend $27 million on road, bridge repairs Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo http://news.wbfo.org/post/moreland-fallout-continues-cuomo <p>A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a &nbsp;panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:45:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41677 at http://news.wbfo.org Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo Two school board candidates ruled off ballot http://news.wbfo.org/post/two-school-board-candidates-ruled-ballot <p>A second candidate running for one of three at-large seats on the Buffalo Board of Education was removed from the ballot Tuesday due to a lack of valid signatures. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:55:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 41650 at http://news.wbfo.org Two school board candidates ruled off ballot City unveils new police vehicles http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-unveils-new-police-vehicles <p>The Buffalo Police Department received a dozen new patrol vehicles Wedneday. The Chevy Tahoes are the first of 49 total cruisers expected to be on the road by mid-May. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:29:43 +0000 WBFO Newsroom 41664 at http://news.wbfo.org City unveils new police vehicles DOT going back to the drawing board on Scajaquada redesign http://news.wbfo.org/post/dot-going-back-drawing-board-scajaquada-redesign <p>The original construction of the Scajaquada Expressway was a mistake and the latest proposal for changing it is also a mistake, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:57:55 +0000 Mike Desmond 41663 at http://news.wbfo.org DOT going back to the drawing board on Scajaquada redesign A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://news.wbfo.org/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 41665 at http://news.wbfo.org