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Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:45

Kenyan lawmakers recently passed a bill that legalizes polygamy without a wife's consent. Member of Parliament Annah Nyokabi Gathecha explains why she walked out of the voting session.

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Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:45

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

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Despite Financial Challenges, HBCUs Fight To Remain A Bargain

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:44

Historically black colleges and universities remain a gateway to higher education for millions of students. But how are the institutions and their students weathering difficult financial challenges?

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Debate: Does Affirmative Action On Campus Do More Harm Than Good?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:26

Colleges that use race as a factor in admissions say the approach creates opportunity for students who might otherwise be excluded. Critics argue the practice hurts the students it's intended to help.

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What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:11

Milder or wilder? Wetter or drier? A hard, cold look at the future of the season.

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Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Convicted Of Conspiring To Kill Americans

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:05

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was found guilty in Manhattan federal court. He served as a spokesman for al-Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Chilaquiles: A Hearty Mexican Breakfast

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:00

There is no limit to my love of the food and flavors of Mexico. My office is dangerously close to a delicious, local fresh-Mex joint, where I scarf down street tacos, quesadillas, and ceviche on a weekly basis. And I use plenty of the salsas from the fresh salsa bar to get my “vegetables” for the meal, thank-you-very-much.

All the spicy, fragrant chiles, simmering sauces, creamy refried beans, fresh lime and cilantro…Mexican is my ultimate comfort food. And while I luuuurrrrrve Mexican for lunch or dinner, my favorite time of day to enjoy Mexican food is at breakfast. Why? Because it includes eggs.

Eggs: the most perfect of all foods.

Also, it provides me an excuse to show off these beauties from my co-worker Ron’s chickens- the hardest-working mother cluckers in the Valley. A dozen gorgeous gems in a variety of colors. Who needs an Easter Bunny when you’ve got eggs like these?!

I’ve discussed my love of Mexican breakfast before when I posted this recipe for huevos rancheros about a year ago, which you should TOTALLY try. But this recipe for chilaquiles is equally killer, and I borrow the exact same technique for the eggs. What does chilaquiles mean? As a woman of Polish decent whose authority for authentic Mexican food stems from conversations with her administrative assistant, who is married to a native of Mexico, and her co-worker Sergio, who was born and raised in Mexico…I feel I better not hold myself out to be an expert. However, the internets tell me its essentially a dish of tortilla chips and salsa. I believe the eggs were added to cure hangovers, but better not quote me on that. Let’s just say that experience is the greatest educator of all.

I highly suggest you take the time to make my friend Heather’s amazing chile verde recipe when you create this dish, which I’ve included below. In a pinch, however, any authentic brand of bottled chile verde sauce (such as Herdez) works great too.

Find more recipes on the Chena Girl Cooks blog

Chilaquiles

Serves 4

1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
8 eggs
butter for pan
1-16 oz. can refried beans (whichever variety you like)
prepared or homemade chile verde sauce (see Heather’s phenomenal recipe below. In a pinch, I use Herdez brand)
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For topping the dish:

shredded cheddar cheese
crumbled cotija cheese
dollop of sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro

1. Add the refried beans to a small saucepan and place over medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons of water; cook until beans are warm and “spreadable.”

2. Add the chile verde to another small saucepan and place over medium heat until warm and bubbly. Turn the heat down to low and keep warm.

3. In a small skillet, melt a little butter in the pan and crack two eggs into the skillet (you can crack them into a small bowl first and then slide them into the skillet if you’re worried about breaking them). Let the eggs set untouched for about 30 seconds, then add 1-2 teaspoons of water to the pan. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the eggs sizzle and steam for 2 minutes, or long enough for the yellow to slightly set but still leave a runny yolk. Sprinkle with kosher salt and a grind of fresh pepper.

4. Place 10-12 tortilla chips in a separate bowl and add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the chile verde sauce (depending on how saucy you like it- I like more, some like less). Toss well, making sure that all of the chips are covered in sauce.

5. Put a dollop of refried beans on the serving plate, then top with the saucy chips. Slide the eggs on top of the chips. Top with the cheeses, sour cream, and cilantro. Serve immediately!

Heather’s Homemade Chile Verde

(This makes more than you need for the recipe, but leftovers make THE BEST salsa!!)

2 pounds tomatillos, husked and washed
3 poblano peppers, halved and seeded
2 jalapenos, halved and seeded
1 clove of garlic
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1. Preheat broil to high with rack 6-8 inches below. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Toss tomatillos and peppers with oil. Spread on baking sheet, peppers skin side up. Broil 4-6 minutes, checking every 60 seconds. Peppers and tomatillos should be blackened and beginning to soften.

2. Place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 10 minutes. When cooled, peel skin from peppers.

3. Place blackened tomatillos, peppers, cilantro, sugar, water and garlic in bowl of food processor. Pulse several times, then process until desired consistency is reached. (I like it slightly chunky.)

Enjoy!
xo H

Knitting A Simple Striped Baby Blanket

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Wed, 2014-03-26 07:00

Knitting a blanket isn’t difficult. It’s pretty mindless. Monotonous. Endless. I much prefer knitting hats where there’s a definite start and end and it can be completed in an afternoon.

That being said, there is something special about giving someone a hand-knitted blanket. It shows you care enough for the person to spend a lot of time and sometimes money on a thing she will hopefully cherish for years and years.

Enough with the negativity! Here’s a pattern for a lovely baby blanket that measures approximately 29″ x 32″. I recommend it to knitters of all levels. I used a worsted superwash wool so no matter what temperature the gift recipient washes it in, it will not shrink.

I based my pattern on two different designs from Altadena’s Baby Designs and the TLC Channel’s website (who knew they had knitting patterns?) You can make this pattern on whatever needle size you like and make it as long as you like. I randomly selected the color pattern and width of the stripes, but what follows is the exact rows and combinations for this particular blanket. Make the stripes the way you want. This is more of a guide.

Materials:

Long size 8 circular needle (mine is about 38 inches)
2-3 balls Ella Rae worsted superwash wool in light grey (I used exactly two balls, so you may want three just in case)
1 ball Ella Rae worsted superwash in limestone green
1 ball Ella Rae worsted superwash in moody blue
Darning needle

Directions:

Except when you’re bringing in new color, slip the first stitch of every row.

Cast on 144 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 16 rows.

Row 1: Knit across

Row 2: K8, P8, *K4, P8*, repeat * until 8 stitches remain. Knit 8.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 while following this stripe pattern:
14 rows grey, 6 rows limestone, 12 rows blue, 6 rows limestone, 26 rows grey, 4 rows limestone, 4 rows blue, 10 rows grey, 8 rows limestone, 30 rows grey, 12 rows blue, 10 rows limestone, 8 rows blue, 4 rows limestone, 20 rows grey, 6 rows limestone, 6 rows grey, 14 rows blue, 6 rows grey, 12 rows limestone, 6 rows blue, 6 rows limestone, 14 rows grey.

Knit 15 rows in garter stitch and bind off using the stretchy method.

Now the fun part! Weave in all ends. This is the downside to stripes. A whole lot of ends. I don’t have any scientific method of weaving in ends, so do what works for you.\

You could also block your blanket, but I figured this one won’t be shrinking much so I didn’t bother. If you have a good reason why I should block it, please leave me a comment. :)

Hope you find this pattern helpful and good luck knitting a blanket. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment and relief when you’ve finished.

-Natasha

Here’s baby George all bundled up and cozy with his new blanket:

Hawaii's Police, Lawmakers Reach Consensus On Prostitution Law

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 06:56

State law makes it legal in some cases for undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes. At first, police officials expressed concern about eliminating that exemption. Now they're OK with a change.

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U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 06:18

If Russia's leaders "thought the world wouldn't care about their actions in Ukraine, they clearly miscalculated," Obama said after meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels.

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In California, Asian-Americans Flock To Health Coverage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 06:06

California has signed up over 1 million people on its insurance exchange. Asian-Americans represent a high percentage of sign-ups, but some groups have proved hard to reach.

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At assembly, haircuts and huzzahs

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-03-26 06:00

A well-documented haircut: high school students Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof had their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Sitka Assembly. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly took some time out from their usual business on Tuesday night (3-25-14) to recognize local volunteers –and fit in a couple quick haircuts.

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The assembly opened its meeting with a pair of proclamations. Mayor Mim McConnell declared Friday, March 28th, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day, in honor of the charity, which raises money for research into childhood cancers.

“Worldwide more than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease of children in the United States,” McConnell read from the city proclamation.

Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof submitted to a very public shearing to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The official St. Baldrick’s event will take place on Friday.  More than forty Sitkans have volunteered to have their heads shaved as part of the fundraiser.

But two high school students stepped up for an early – and very public — shearing.

Sitka High School senior Rosie Palof, and Salma Zakiyah, an exchange student from Indonesia, settled into chairs set up before the assembly and audience, and had their heads shaved, to cheers and applause.

Mayor McConnell also declared April 1st to be Americorps Day, in recognition of the volunteers with that national service organization who are serving in Sitka and around Alaska.

Over a dozen Americorps volunteers were on hand to be recognized as the mayor read off a list of their accomplishments, including 24,000 hours of community service provided by the fourteen Sitka program members this last year, over 100 young people recruited for community service serving Sitka senior citizens, and forty Sitka youth recruited and trained in juvenile justice.

The Americorps volunteers left with an official proclamation – but with their hair intact.

Rob Store, Go To Prison, Serve Time, Repeat?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 05:20

Christopher Miller was jailed in 2000 for robbing a New Jersey shoe store. One day after his release, police say, he returned to the scene of the crime and robbed the store again. He's under arrest.

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'Bishop Of Bling' Gets The Boot

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 04:20

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst spent millions of dollars on renovations at his residence in Limburg, Germany. On Wednesday, the Vatican accepted his resignation.

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Washington State Mudslide: Heartbreaking Search Resumes

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 03:40

The death toll is said to be at 24, and officials say it's likely to rise. They're trying to winnow down a list of missing persons that approaches 200 but may include many duplicate reports.

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In Ohio, Gov. Kasich Rises From Forsaken to Favorite

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:56

At one time, John Kasich was the nation's least popular governor. Now, with the state economy improving, his challenger is struggling to convince voters to turn him out.

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More Images, More Possible Debris, But No Sure Sign Of Flight 370

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:50

The latest in the search: Authorities say newly analyzed satellite images show 122 objects that might be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

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Most People Don't Know The Health Insurance Deadline Looms

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-26 02:00

The Obama administration and state health exchanges have been knocking themselves out to make sure people know they can't buy individual insurance after March 31. But most uninsured people don't know.

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It's in a bar, baby

Southeast Alaska News - Wed, 2014-03-26 00:03

Senate Finance committee co-chairman Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, has been served a shot of attention after announcing his intent to put pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a campaign against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

“Ninety-percent of women, when they know they’re pregnant, stop drinking instantly,” Kelly said. “And equally important is the public relations impact of the dispenser and the message.”

As one of two people in charge of the power finance committee, Kelly has said he intends to insert money for the program into the state budget.

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