The Fresh Air Interview
11:21 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Sigourney Weaver's Stately Role In 'Political Animals'

Sigourney Weaver stars as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals.
Andrew Eccles USA Network

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 5:56 pm

In the new USA Network miniseries Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver plays smart, tough Secretary of State Elaine Barrish. It's a role many critics have likened to current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but Weaver says the show's creators were thinking beyond Clinton when they devised the role.

"We've had three remarkable women who've been our secretaries of state in our last three administrations, but somehow we're not willing as a country to elect a woman president," she says. "And I think this show partially investigates what that's about."

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Book Reviews
10:40 am
Thu July 19, 2012

A Little Advice On 'How To Be A Woman'

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 12:03 pm

Funny feminists should never die; there are too few of them who've gained any cultural prominence in the first place. That's why Nora Ephron's death earlier this summer flattened me, even though I hadn't read her in a while and had mixed feelings about the whole "I Feel Bad About My Neck," self-flagellation routine. Still, she made me laugh at the same time she often made me think: I wanted her playing on Team Feminist forever.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Mixed Signals: Sales Of Existing Homes Dipped, But Prices Rose

While sales of existing homes fell 5.4 percent in June from May, their median price was up 7.9 percent from a year earlier.

In addition, the National Association of Realtors reports, the supply of existing homes available for sale continued to shrink — including the number of "distressed" homes on the market because of foreclosures.

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News
10:10 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Campaign cash flooding Ohio

The campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio has already set a record for money raised, and the state is being flooded with money for the presidential race.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

News
10:06 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Storm-related accident injures two Central Ohioans

The State Highway Patrol says high winds knocked a tree onto a pickup truck carrying two people yesterday in Licking County. Troopers say Craig and Diane Chadwick are hospitalized in Columbus in serious condition with injuries sustained when winds from strong thunderstorms  knocked a large tree limb onto the cab. 

News
10:04 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Two people found dead in Southeast Columbus

Columbus police are investigating an apparent double-murder on the Southeast side. The bodies of a man and a woman were found yesterday in a vacant apartment on Wabash Court. Autopsies will be conducted to determine the official causes of death.  The victims' identities are expected to be released today. 

News
10:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Redistricting amendment may not be on the fall ballot

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting have failed to collect the number of valid petition signatures need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

The Two-Way
10:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Can Open; Imam Says America Is Better For That

The mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., last month when it was still under construction.
Erik Schelzig AP

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 1:08 pm

Now that a federal judge has ruled that the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tenn., can open, the mosque's imam says muslims elsewhere should take notice.

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News
9:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Columbus casino to open in October

The Ohio Casino Control Commission says the Columbus casino should open by October 8th, as long as it meets necessary requirements. Those include the installation of 3-thousand slot machines, 70 table games, and the licensing of employees and the casino itself. Owner Penn National Gaming says 900 of the 2 thousand planned employees have been hired. Meanwhile Cuyahoga County Prosecutors say they have compelling video evidence against seven men indicted for cheating at the Cleveland Casino. Six have pleaded not guilty while the seventh is awaiting arraignment.

News
9:58 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Clark County public safety officers punished

Two Clark County public safety officers are being disciplined for misconduct. Sheriff Gene Kelley says deputy Christopher Dent has been fired. Kelley says Dent engaged in verbal arguments with his superiors, was found drunk in a car with his loaded service weapon and showed up to court drunk for his arraignment last week. Meanwhile German Township fire lieutenant Robert Oldham has been arrested on charges of raping a 19-year-old woman at a party. No other details have been released. 

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