Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:59 pm
The Last of Us is a new survival horror video game. It follows a character named Joel as he fights off hostile humans and zombie-like creatures. The game was inspired by a BBC show on the scary effects of a fungus. (This piece initially aired July 9, 2013, on Morning Edition).
Scrutinizing the books of government agencies can turn up lavish parties or illicit trips at the taxpayers' expense. But not every investigation turns out that way. And when they don't, the hunt for waste can appear to be a waste itself.
Such appears to be the case with a recent inquiry involving NASA and Viking re-enactors. This whole saga began with an idea from Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University who loves photography. He was talking over what to shoot one day with a colleague, and thought of Vikings.
The Risiera di San Sabba in Trieste was used during World War II as the only death camp on Italian soil. In the building's courtyard, the outline on the brick wall is where the crematorium was located.
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Italian police officer Giovanni Palatucci has long been credited with saving the lives of 5,000 Jews during World War II. But new research discredits these claims — and even suggests that he willingly extorted Jewish prisoners and confiscated their goods.
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Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu speaks during a ceremony in 2005 honoring Palatucci at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. The museum now says it is reviewing the case.
A group of Italian researchers who have studied troves of World War II documents have found no evidence that Giovanni Palatucci, a police official long credited as the "Italian Schindler," saved the lives of 5,000 Jews.
The findings are demolishing the Italian national icon and angering supporters of the man who has been honored at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and who has been put on the track to sainthood.
Palestinian Bashir Tamimi, 57, drinks water from a spring on land that he says belongs to his family. Teenagers from a nearby Israeli settlement built collection pools and brought in picnic tables when they saw no one using the spring. It has now become a source of conflict.
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The Israeli settlement of Halamish, also known as Neveh Tzuf, as seen from Nabi Saleh, the Palestinian village across the valley. Every Friday Palestinian villagers march across the valley and try to get to the spring, which is near Halamish.
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American-born Shifra Blass moved to Neveh Tzuf in 1986, when her husband became the community rabbi. She says since the kids built up the spring area, people come here for picnics or for ritual cleansing before Jewish holidays.
At first glance, Horizons looks like an ordinary summer getaway for kids: There are games, bonding time and lots of bagged snacks. But along with the songs and the pool, there are fractions to memorize and online grammar quizzes to take.
An affiliate of a national network, the program in Washington, D.C., is a six-week, free summer service for children from low-income families. Its purpose is simple: to make sure they don't fall behind in school by the time September rolls around.