WCBE Newscasts
12:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Jacobs to become next Columbus Police Chief, drug addict pleads not guilty to posing as a veterinarian. These and other stories in this Thursday noon newscast.

Columbus, Oh –

  • Sources say Jacobs to become next Columbus Police Chief :00

  • Ohio school district allows gay student to wear t-shirt urging tolerance :30

  • Portion of Columbus Commons to become residential/retail space 1:09

  • Cleveland reports increase in young professionals living downtown 1:43

  • Whitehall man sentenced for shooting at police 2:32

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    The Two-Way
    12:18 pm
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Security Company Says About 600,000 Macs Infected With Trojan Virus

    A map released by Dr. Web shows where the anti-virus software company found infected Macs.
    Dr. Web

    Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 1:51 pm

    A Russian computer security firm says it has discovered that about 600,000 Apple computers have been infected with a "Flashback Trojan" virus.

    Now, before we move on, you should know that the company making the announcement is Dr. Web, which sells anti-virus software that will protect a computer against that kind of virus. It's also important to note that many of the parties weighing in are part of a security community that makes money off selling anti-virus software.

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    The Two-Way
    12:04 pm
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Two Years After W. Va. Mine Disaster: Grief, Anger And Questions Linger

    Tonight, in Whitesville, W.Va., mourners will silently walk with candles on sidewalks lined with luminary lights to remember the 29 coal miners who died two years ago today in the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years.

    That memorial will follow a 3 p.m. ET event in Beckley,W. Va., where an honor guard will ring a bell 29 times to mark the moment the Upper Big Branch coal mine erupted in a massive explosion.

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    Book Reviews
    12:02 pm
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Lionel Shriver's Not-So-'New Republic'

    istockphoto.com

    Lionel Shriver's new novel, called The New Republic, is actually an old manuscript with a star-crossed history. As Shriver explains in a prefatory note, this satire on (among other things) terrorism was finished in 1998, but, back then, publishers weren't interested. That was five years before Shriver's break-through novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Then, Sept. 11 happened: sincerity was in; irony was out. Publishers wouldn't touch this story that offered an ironic take on violent extremism.

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    Education
    12:00 pm
    Thu April 5, 2012

    NYC Chancellor On Turning Around City's Schools

    Dennis Walcott oversees a school system with more than one million students. Graduation rates are below the national average, and studies suggest most of the city's high school graduates are not ready for college. But Chancellor Walcott tells host Michel Martin that, after one year on the job, New York City schools are on the mend.

    Race
    12:00 pm
    Thu April 5, 2012

    In Trayvon Martin Case, Who's Considered White?

    Race is central to the debate surrounding Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Many media outlets first identified Zimmerman as "white," but his father describes him as a Spanish-speaking minority. Host Michel Martin explores the question, "who is white?" with sociologist Jean Halley.

    The Salt
    11:57 am
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Chocolate Bilbies, Not Bunnies, For An Australian Easter

    The bilby is an endangered Australian marsupial that has been run out of its habitat by humans and rabbits.
    Courtesy of Australia's Queensland State Government.

    In the turf war between rabbits and bilbies that plays out in burrows dug into Australia's arid grasslands, rabbits, those aggressive and fertile European immigrants, have largely won out.

    But the chocolate bilby has staked its claim on the springtime candy shelf — an honor that could help the threatened species make a real comeback.

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    Economy
    11:24 am
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Debt Struggles As Old As America Itself

    An 18th century political cartoon entitled "A New Way to Pay the National Debt."
    Library of Congress

    As of today, the national debt held by the public is more than $10 trillion. That's more than $30,000 for every man, woman and child living in the United States.

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    WCBE Stories
    9:45 am
    Thu April 5, 2012

    Wexner Center film celebrates the start of the baseball season.

    Columbus, OH – The Major League baseball season officially began last week in japan. North american play began Wednesday afternoon. But for purists, the season started this afternoon, with the Cincinnati Reds home opener. The Wexner Center for the Arts is celebrating with it's 9th annual Rare Baseball Film Collection Friday and Saturday night. Wexner Center film curator tells Alison Holm that this year's collection is made up of newsreels from the silent era to modern day.

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