Morning Edition for May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010 — After abandoning efforts to plug a leak spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is crafting a new plan to capture the oil. But this plan risks making things worse — at least temporarily. On the Louisiana coast, cleanup crews are settling in for a long stay, and residents are watching it all with a sense of growing dismay.
May 31, 2010 — Sixty-five years ago, American paratrooper Joseph Beyrle escaped from a German POW camp and joined the Red Army, serving in a Soviet tank regiment. The story's final twist: Joseph Beyrle's son John is now the U.S. ambassador to Moscow.
May 31, 2010 — No oil has yet been found on any Florida beaches. But the huge spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking a toll on tourism and the seafood business. Concerns are rising in Apalachicola, a fishing town on Florida's Panhandle, just as the summer vacation season begins.
May 31, 2010 — Melanie Singer has long been preparing for a career as an accountant. Despite intensive networking, meetings with a career counselor and three internships, she is discovering there is no formula that results in a job.
May 31, 2010 — Candy is candy, right? Not if you're trying to tax it. That's when the definition gets a bit sticky. Suddenly a Snickers bar is candy but a Twix isn't. This is an issue as states like Colorado and Washington move to tax sweets to help balance their budgets.
May 31, 2010 — After years of on-and-off civil war between northern and southern Sudan, southerners are expecting to vote next year on whether their semi-autonomous region should become an independent nation. No one knows for sure what independence will look like. But most southerners say it would feel just fine.
May 31, 2010 — Democrats blame the Bush administration for lingering regulatory problems that contributed to the Gulf oil spill, the coal mine explosion in West Virginia and a recall of Toyota cars. That may or may not be fair — but it's clear the Obama administration is far more aggressive in its rule-making.
May 31, 2010 — Occasional smoking among middle-schoolers can lead to tobacco addiction, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Of the young people in the study who said they had inhaled from a cigarette, nearly two-thirds said they smoked at least once a month. Half experienced symptoms of dependence.
May 31, 2010 — Research suggests that parents have a great deal of influence over when and how their teens start drinking alcohol. Parents who disapproved completely of underage drinking tended to have students who drank less.
May 29, 2010 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II.