The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:47:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:47:00 -0500Missouri governor calls for peace ahead of Ferguson verdict</P><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for peace in a news conference Monday evening ahead of the grand jury's verdict on whether they will indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.</p><p>"Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," Nixon said.</p><p>The governor spoke alongside St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and Director of Missouri Department of Public Safety Dan Isom.</p><p>St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch will announce...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:47:00 -0500Oklahoma high school students protest school's response to rape allegations</P><p>Hundreds of students at an Oklahoma high school walked out of classes Monday to protest how the administration has handled three sexual assault cases, <em>Reuters</em> reports.</p><p>Three Norman High School students have accused the same male classmate of sexual assault since September. One girl, who said she was raped, said the day she came back to school she was bullied by a group of students. All three girls have stopped attending Norman High.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hundreds of Norman High students chanting "Transfer is not the answer" and "no more bullying" #YesAllDaughters</p>&mdash; Bijan Hosseini...</blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:38:00 -0500In defense of family dinner<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Let us now praise Billy Joel</li><li>This week I learned that it was Snow White's <em>mother</em> who wanted her dead, and more</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Day of Being Wild</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:30:00 -050013 vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>At its best, Thanksgiving's bounty inspires gratitude; at its worst, vegetarian angst. Non-meat eaters, when faced with a table that could be confused with a turkey temple, often fixate on the meat. They scratch their heads and wonder, "What's in it for me?"</p><p>The answer: A lot. A whole lot. Vegetarians can eat creamy vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a vegetarian gravy that's just as good &mdash; even better &mdash; than any made with meat or chicken stock.</p><p>Even without the turkey, vegetarians have a lot to be thankful for.</p><p>Thanksgiving root vegetable pie by Marian Bull</p><p><br /></p><p> </p><p>Scalloped...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah JampelMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:00 -0500Study: Denmark is the world's 'most-connected country'</P><p>A study released Monday found that Denmark is the world's top country for "cellphone and Internet use," AFP reports. The data was collected by the International Telecommunications Union, which analyzes information and communication technologies (ICTs).</p><p>South Korea was previously the "most-connected country" before Denmark took its place. Denmark is followed by Iceland and Britain, and the U.S. ranks 14th. Of Asian countries, Hong Kong was the highest-listed, in ninth place. Last place, meanwhile, went to the Central African Republic.</p><p>The survey considers internet and mobile phone access and use...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:53:00 -0500Microsoft HQ took robot security guards for a spin last week</P><p>What's 5-feet-tall, 300 pounds, and looks like a cross between R2-D2 and Eva from <em>Wall-E</em>? New robot security guards roaming around Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus last week. They're not taking over human jobs just yet, though. They were just part of a Tech in Motion Silicon Valley event called "Rise of the Robots."</p><p>Five such robots were there, <em>PC Magazine</em> reports. Named K5, these Knightscope security guards run artificial intelligence software and come with cameras, sensors, and alarms. They're built to both detect intruders and get help for people in danger. All while having a "friendly but...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie KliegmanMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:31:00 -0500Liberia's president says the country will be Ebola-free by Christmas</P><p>Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced Monday that the country may be free of Ebola by Dec. 25.</p><p>"We've set a pretty tough target," Sirleaf said at a ceremony for the docking of a Dutch aid ship in Monrovia. "But when you set a target, it means that you stay focused on that target and on that goal, and then you double your efforts."</p><p>Liberia has recorded almost 3,000 deaths in the Ebola outbreak, according to figures from the World Health Organization. While some experts said the Dec. 25 goal is "highly ambitious," Liberia's number of new Ebola cases has declined, <em>The Associated Press...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:30:00 -0500Despite executive amnesty, many illegal immigrants still fear deportation</P><p>There are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. While five million of them were recently shielded from deportation thanks to President Obama's executive action, that still leaves more than half of those living here illegally in danger of being kicked out.</p><p>Gay immigrants, other adults without children, those who arrived within the last five years, those whose children were born outside the U.S., and those with criminal records are ineligible for the benefits granted to the five million who qualify because they have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:11:00 -0500Protesters leave canned food bin outside home of Walmart heiress</P><p>Walmart is at it again with canned food drives for its own employees &mdash; and they're not happy.</p><p>Protesters left a canned food donation bin in front of Walmart heiress Alice Walton's Manhattan condo on Monday. The bin bears Walton's name and says that employees want "decent pay" rather than charity.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: #WalmartStrikers return food bin to Alice Walton's Park Ave. condo, saying they want a raise, not charity.</p>&mdash; The Other 98% (@other98) November 24, 2014</blockquote></center><p>The protest comes as Americans for Tax Fairness has accused Walmart of dodging billions of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:06:00 -0500The FAA might require licenses for commercial drones</P><p><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is set to announce new regulations about commercial drones.</p><p>Unnamed sources familiar with the ruling told the <em>Journal</em> that drone operators may need pilot licenses, and commercial drone flights will only be allowed during daylight hours. Sources also reported that commercial drone flights will need to be below 400 feet in the air and within sight of the control person.</p><p>Before the new ruling, the FAA "essentially" banned drones from commercial use, the <em>Journal</em> notes. The sources suggest that the new regulations will allow...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:48:00 -0500Report: Agency crafted by Elizabeth Warren suffering low morale, distrust</P><p>The latest internal survey of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's workforce shows shockingly low employee morale and distrust of the agency's leadership, the <em>Washington</em><em> Times </em>reports.</p><p>The CFPB is the government's newest agency, which was established due to the advocacy of consumer protection advocate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). According to the report, "workers registered the biggest decline in optimism when asked whether the 'organization's senior leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity.'"</p><p>Earlier this year, two of the five elected board members resigned after employees...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullMon, 24 Nov 2014 14:42:00 -0500X-Men: Apocalypse has found its big villain</P><p>The <em>X-Men</em> franchise has found their next big villain. Oscar Isaac has reportedly closed a deal to play the titular baddie in the upcoming <em>X-Men: Apocalypse</em>, which is due to hit theaters in 2016.</p><p>Director Bryan Singer reportedly met with numerous actors about the chance to play Apocalypse, but <em>Variety</em> reports that Isaac has been "the long-time favorite from the start." Apocalypse was briefly introduced at the end of last summer's <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em>:</p><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Though Isaac is best known for performances in indie dramas like <em>Drive</em> and <em>Inside Llewyn Davis</em>, he's one of Hollywood's fastest-rising stars...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:28:00 -0500Ohio school district considers storing guns in case of shootings</P><p>A school district in Ohio's Logan County is considering storing loaded guns in school lock boxes, so teachers and staff members could use them in an emergency.</p><p>The proposal aims to protect faculty and students against active shooter scenarios. <em>The Dayton Daily News</em> reports that the Riverside Local School board members discussed the gun proposal last week, and they will revisit the issue on Dec. 16.</p><p>Superintendent Scott Mann told <em>The Dayton Daily News</em> that the gun policy could deter active shooters from attacks in Logan County schools. He added that he does not, however, support teachers having...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:11:00 -0500The U.S. Army got its first drones 55 years ago<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The U.S. Army bought its first spy drone in 1959. After more than five decades of technological advancement, today's unmanned aircraft do much more&hellip;with much less human support.</p><p>Radioplane's AN/USD-1 system &mdash; also known as Surveillance Drone 1 or SD-1 &mdash; originally was a target for training anti-aircraft gunners. These early drones were similar in size and shape to the current RQ-7 Shadow.</p><p>An SD-1 weighed 430 pounds and had a wingspan of 11.5 feet. The current RQ-7B checks in at 375 pounds, with a wing spanning 14 feet.</p><p>The SD-1 quickly evolved. The Army expected it to fly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joe TrevithickMon, 24 Nov 2014 13:52:00 -0500Seattle's mayor pardoned a Thanksgiving tofurkey</P><p>Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray (D) pardoned a tofu turkey on Friday, in a new twist on the classic Thanksgiving tradition.</p><p>Murray held an event at Seattle's City Hall on Friday, posing for photographs with the tofurkey, nicknamed Braeburn, to raise awareness for "hunger in our community" ahead of the holiday.</p><p>"The mayor has a sense of humor," spokesman Jason Kelly told <em>The Seattle Times</em>. "He wanted to do something that would attract attention."</p><p>While the tofu turkey sheds humor on Seattle's liberal reputation, the hunger awareness isn't a laughing matter &mdash; Kelly said Seattle's food banks are...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:37:00 -0500Red Sox sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in surprise free agency coup</P><p class="p1">The Boston Red Sox on Monday signed free agent infielders Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to long-term deals, giving the team the top two bats on the open market this offseason. Sandoval's deal is for a reported five years and $100 million, while Ramirez's is reportedly $88 million spread over four years.</p><p class="p1">The moves give the Red Sox a surplus of position players, suggesting they will aggressively seek to flip someone to upgrade a thin pitching rotation.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:17:00 -0500