Noel King

Freelance Journalist based in Egypt

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Army Suicides Hit New High in June

Monday, July 19, 2010

In June, 32 members of the U.S. Army took their own lives. That's a sharp uptick compared to the first five months of 2010, when the number of suicides in the Army was actually down thirty percent, from the same months in 2009. What happened in June? 


The Push to Move Abortion Out of the Clinic, Into the Hospital, and Back Into Mainstream Medicine

Friday, July 16, 2010

In an article in this weekend's New York Times Magazine, contributor Emily Bazelon profiles a group she calls "The New Abortion Providers," young doctors who are attempting to move abortion out of clinics and back into hospitals.


Census Data Show a Boom for Minority-Owned Businesses

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Census Data from the years 2002 - 2007 show that the number of minority owned businesses in the US rose by 46 percent during those five years, to about 5.8 million. That's nearly twice the national rate for all businesses during that time.


Time's Up for Chrysler's PT Cruiser

Thursday, July 08, 2010

On Friday, Chrysler will make its last PT Cruiser. Ten years ago, the Cruiser became a cultural phenonenon with buyers willing to wait in line for their chance to own one. Why did the Cruiser strike such a chord?


Life Without Air Conditioning

Thursday, July 08, 2010

During this heat wave, many of us are thankful for our air conditioning, despite the power costs. We're talking about the problems with our reliance on A/C and about some of the cultural changes that go with shutting ourselves indoors. We want to know from you, What would your life be like without air conditioning? Would you leave your house more? Interact with more people?

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Are Unemployment Benefits a Disincentive to Work?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Around 1.3 million people in the U.S. have lost their unemployment benefits since the beginning of 2010.

Yesterday, we talked with two people who have recently lost their benefits: Donovan Marsden in New York and Michelle Ives in Texas. And we asked: does the extension of unemployment benefits provide a disincentive to finding a job? We got an overwhelming number of responses on both sides of that argument. Some listeners thought it was callous even to suggest that people receiving unemployment benefits don't want jobs. A few listeners actually admitted that receiving benefits has made them lazy. Today, we get an economic perspective.

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On Immigration, States Draft Their Own Laws

Monday, July 05, 2010

We've all heard a lot about Arizona's controversial and stringent immigration law, SB 1070, which allows Arizona police to question anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally. But 44 other states have introduced immigration legislation of their own since the beginning of 2010. Some worry that the U.S. may soon be facing a patchwork of different laws for different states.

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Have We Become Complacent About Vaccination?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

In California, an outbreak of whooping cough — a bacterial infection that results in fits of coughing — has reached epidemic propotions. Five infants, all of them Latino, have died this year. California health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, in Colorado, an outbreak of meningitis has killed two Fort Collins residents. The two diseases aren't connected, but their appearance is raising questions about whether we've become complacent about getting vaccinations — or whether lack of access to health care is to blame.


Chicago Gang Life: A Former Gang Member's Own Take

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're following up on a story we did yesterday, from the perspective of Chicago funeral home owner Spencer Leak Sr., about the challenges Chicago is facing in combatting gun and gang violence. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Chicago ban on handgun ownership, a move that divided city residents. Some Chicagoans were thrilled, and say the ability to own a handgun makes them feel safer. Others say even more people will lose their lives. Why is gun violence such a problem in Chicago? The Chicago Police Department says that gang activity was involved in 74 percent of murders in the first five months of 2010. 80 people were shot and thirteen killed over the past two weekends in the city.


General David Petraeus Faces Senate Confirmation Hearings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

General David Petraeus faces the Senate Armed Services Committee today for confirmation hearings. The General is expected to take command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan — after his predecessor Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his post for making disparaging remarks about the Obama administration in Rolling Stone Magazine. How will General Petraeus do in the hearings, and what challenges does he face in his new position? 

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In Afghanistan, the Challenge of Corruption May Rival the Taliban Insurgency

Friday, June 25, 2010

Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan. It is one of the biggest problems faced by coalition forces, and citizens there worry about corruption in the government corruption and the bribes they have to pay in their day-to-day lives. Earlier this week counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen spoke to the Takeaway about these challenges. "Most importantly is the issue of corruption and abuse on the part of the Afghan government. If we don't deal with that, no amount of military changing the deck chairs is going to fix this problem," he said.


In Counterinsurgency, Does Restraint Deserve Its Own Reward?

Friday, June 25, 2010

In April, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, who commands NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, proposed creating an award for "courageous restraint." As avoiding the loss of civilian life is a cornerstone of the coalition's counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, does rewarding restraint makes sense?  Is restraint a courageous act of discipline under fire or does it put our troops in danger? 

On Facebook, Takeaway listener, Rusty Roy wrote:

No. Our soldiers should not be placed where they have to practice restraint. That 'may' be what police are for, but certainly not out military.

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McChrystal Out, Afghanistan Policy Unchanged. But is it Working?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

President Obama on Tuesday relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties in Afghanistan, less than 48 hours after it was revealed that McChrystal and his aides made disparaging remarks about high-ranking members of the Obama administration to a freelance journalist from Rolling Stone. McChrystal will be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus. We want to know what you think. Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal have kept his job?

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Federal Judge Overturns Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling; Obama Vows Appeal

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A federal judge in New Orleans has overturned a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, instituted by President Obama at the end of May. The judge said the Interior Department's decision to suspend drilling in the Gulf was arbitrary. Obama, on Tuesday, vowed to appeal the decision.

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As Military Suicides Increase, A Greater Emphasis on Prevention

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to discuss prevention of suicides within the U.S. armed forces. Suicide is the second-biggest killer of U.S. Marines; this year, 55 Marines have been killed in combat, while 21 have taken their own lives. The U.S. Army faces an equally large problem, with 245 members taking their own lives in 2009. We're looking at efforts to drive those numbers down and the devastation wrought by the suicide of a loved one.


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First Take: Desperate Financial Times in the Gulf, Homelessness, Documentary on Natural Gas Drilling

Monday, June 21, 2010

UPDATED 6:20pm

Arwa Gunja, here on the evening shift.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled on what many legal experts are calling the most significant decision on free speech in terrorism cases. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court said neither domestic organizations nor individuals can provide “material support” to foreign terrorist groups. It is still unclear what “material support” means and how far-reaching the implications of the ruling may be. Tomorrow morning we’ll talk with David Cole, who provided legal counsel for the Humanitarian Law Project, the plaintiff in the case.

In another court case that began today, a Connecticut judge will soon decide whether cheerleading classifies as a sport. In the case, the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team has sued the school for cutting its budget to fund the cheerleading squad. The volleyball team says that cheerleading is not a sport under Title IX, the civil rights law that requires schools to equally allocate resources to men’s and women’s sports teams. Linda Carpenter the author of “Title IX,” will explain how the groundbreaking law works, and whether cheerleading qualifies.

Speaking of higher education, tomorrow we’re asking, is graduate school really worth it? More than a quarter of people graduating with a Bachelors Degree this year will go on to pursue graduate degrees. But do graduate degrees increase your chances of finding a job and does the ratio of debt to salary cancel out of the benefits of the degree? Takeaway work contributor Beth Kobliner will weigh in, along with a former graduate student. What do you think? If you went to graduate school, was it worth it? And if you are currently unemployed, are you thinking about going back to school? To share your comments, call us at 877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a message here on our website.

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Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

Monday, June 21, 2010

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 980,000 people in the U.S. are addicted to some type of opiates: a sharp uptick in recent years. The number of emergency room visits linked to non-medical use of prescription pain relievers has more than doubled in recent years. The prescription painkillers being abused include oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. And in six states—Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah and Vermont—accidental drug deaths due to use of anxiety medications increased 64 percent between 2004 and 2007.


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The State of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday defended President Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July of 2011. Gen. Petraeus faced tough questions from lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who worry that Afghanistan will view our drawdown as abandonment. "We are sounding an uncertain trumpet to our friends and to our enemies. They believe we are leaving as of July 2011," McCain said.


Closing Arguments Get Underway in California Gay Marriage Trial

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Closing arguments are scheduled for today in a federal trial that will address the constitutionality of Proposition 8 - the controversial amendment to California's constitution that reinstated a ban on gay marriage in the state in 2008, after it had been legal for some months.


Grasping the Enormity of the Oil Leak, One Photo at a Time

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For 57 days, oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, following an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. That's 57 days of trying to determine what the leak looks like, how big it is, who it's affecting and where the oil has hit land. In other words: 57 days to get pretty creative.

Jeff Warren is a student and fellow at the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. He's working on mapping the Gulf leak using digital cameras tied to balloons and kites. Here are some of the photos Warren and his colleagues have taken, using cheap digital cameras, kites, garbage bags, and tanks of helium.

"You take each image and you stretch it on a map and then every pixel of the location is a place in the real world," says Warren.

Lauren Craig is a master's student at Tulane and a photo volunteer. She's one of the people attaching a camera to a balloon and taking thousands upon thousands of photos.

After the jump, a short video by Jeff Warren in which he describes the project.


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