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Stories for November 16, 2013

Sisters Behind The Camera: Arab Women Directors At Arab Film Fest

Nov. 16
By Rebecca Romani
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More Arab women are occupying the director's chair and one documentary short by Sara Ishaq of Yemen, screening at the San Diego Arab Film Festival has been short listed for an Oscar.

Publishing Magazines For An 'Ambidextrous' Generation

Nov. 16
NPR Staff / NPR
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Magazine publishers continue to uneasily navigate print and digital worlds. Harper's Magazine publisher John MacArthur shared his perspective on the importance of online pay walls in the magazine's October issue. All Things Considered speaks with MacArthur, MediaFinder's Trish Hagood and the co-founder of year-old literary magazine The American Reader about the changing publishing industry. You can hear all of these conversations at the audio link above.

Holy Heartwarmer! No One Can Seem To Get Enough Of Batkid

Nov. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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One day after San Francisco was turned into Gotham City so that a little boy who battled leukemia could fight off some archcriminals, fans still can't seem to get enough of Miles Scott, a.k.a. Batkid.

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

Nov. 16
Maanvi Singh / NPR
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Imagine a tiny computer embedded under your scalp that's constantly tracking your brain activity and zapping you when it senses something awry.

Body Of Florida Man Who Fell From Plane May Have Been Found

Nov. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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One important clue to solving the mystery of what happened this week over the Atlantic Ocean near Miami may have been discovered:

California Releases Draft Rules For Fracking

Nov. 16
Associated Press

Oil companies would have to test groundwater and notify landowners before they do fracking or other well stimulation techniques under draft rules released by the state.

Calif. School To Keep 'Arabs,' May Change Mascot

Nov. 16
Associated Press

School officials in Southern California say the "Arabs" name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Murder In Deaths Of Deaf Iraqi Boys

Nov. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR

A U.S. Army sergeant who in 2007 allegedly shot and killed two unarmed deaf Iraqi boys who had no known ties to the insurgents then battling American forces, has now been charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

Princeton Meningitis Cases Spur Emergency Import Of Vaccine

Nov. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A seventh case since March of bacterial meningitis among students at New Jersey's Princeton University has federal health officials considering the use of "an emergency vaccine," The Star-Ledger writes.

Fundraising Going Strong As San Diego Mayoral Election Nears

Nov. 16
By Joe Yerardi

In the race for cash in the special mayoral election, former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Councilman David Alvarez — both Democrats — remain neck and neck, according to the latest campaign filings.

JFK Wrote The Book On Modern Presidential Campaigns

Nov. 16
Don Gonyea / NPR
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When John F. Kennedy began his run for the White House, there was plenty of excitement and plenty of anticipation. He was energetic, handsome and from a famous Boston political family.

Despite Early Stages, Alzheimer's Affects Couple's Big Picture

Nov. 16
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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NPR has been following Pansy and Winston Greene, a California couple struggling with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. Three years ago, Pansy learned she had Alzheimer's disease, and over this past summer, the couple told NPR that their day-to-day lives haven't changed much. That's still true. But on this second visit, they each seem to be looking at the future a bit differently.