FCC Unveils Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Federal regulators are on track to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies. The Federal Communications Commission will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the landmark 2015 rules that had placed Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight. The vote is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps, or otherwise deciding what content gets to users...

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The Traditional Depiction of First Thanksgiving May Not Be Accurate

Most of us have an image of the first thanksgiving that we learned in grade school: of the Pilgrims sitting with the Indians at a large table with a white tablecloth celebrating the harvest together over a meal of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. But research shows that the traditional depiction of the first Thanksgiving may not be altogether accurate. In fact, whatever happened at Plymouth 388 years ago, it may not have been the first Thanksgiving at all. There are no less than...

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The African elephant is a threatened species, according to the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their status led to a ban on sport-hunted elephant trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia by the Obama administration. Now that protection is in question.

Can You Stay Civil By Keeping Quiet?

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When a tough topic comes up around a table of friends and family, it’s all too easy to take a deep breath and hold it in.

Instead of staring down a contentious cousin, it might feel safer to stare at your phone, just to avoid that political debate you’re dreading.

But civility and conversation can lead to better relationships, greater creativity and boost the economy.

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Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)

The Department of Homeland Security leadership is withholding an internal watchdog's report detailing the government's messy rollout of President Trump's travel ban, including the violation of two federal court orders.

The executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. was suddenly implemented on Jan. 27.

The DHS inspector general found that the leaders of Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with implementing the order, "had virtually no warning" the order was to be issued or of its scope and was "caught by surprise."

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at the River Campus

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When rock and roll was born, its stars were bright. So bright, they still shine long after they’re gone.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career. If you think it’s a tale you’ve heard before, you’re missing the point. The show captures the dawn of an era and more than two-dozen of rock’s best songs that send audiences out of the theatre on an unstoppable high according to The Boston Globe.

Federal regulators are on track to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies.

The Federal Communications Commission will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the landmark 2015 rules that had placed Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight.

The vote is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps, or otherwise deciding what content gets to users faster.

Halliday Hotel Burns

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The five-story hotel stood in Cairo, Illinois's downtown district for 85 years before it was consumed by flames in 1943.
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It seems like Almost Yesterday that the historic Halliday Hotel in Cairo, Ill., was destroyed by fire. The most famous structure in the history of Cairo was consumed by flames on the morning of Feb. 22, 1943. Within four hours, the majestic five-story, 155-room hotel was reduced to rubble.

The estimate of damage was inititally placed at $80,000, but quickly escalated as the cost of replacement was considered.

The Trump administration cannot withhold federal money to punish local governments for their noncompliance with immigration authorities, according to a ruling by a federal judge in California.

In an order announced Monday, Judge William Orrick permanently blocked the policy, issued as one of President Trump's earliest executive orders, ruling it was "unduly coercive" and violated the separation of powers.

Yes, this White House tradition happened again. The president pardoned a pair of turkeys Tuesday.

They have punny names again — "Wishbone" and "Drumstick."

"Drumstick, you are hearby pardoned," Trump said of the bird that was chosen to be at the ceremony.

Trump then applauded and Drumstick gobbled.

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Left Of The Dial #467 - Throwback Thanksgiving

As this week's show came together it occured to me how many '80s and '90s-era bands with new music were on the playlist. The Dream Syndicate, key members of the Paisley Underground scene, have just released How Did I Find Myself Here , their first album since 1988. Superchunk, a band formed in 1989 in Chapel Hill, NC, have an album on the way next year. The band is monumentally influential, not only for releasing so much great music, but from Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founding Merge,...

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Greta Gerwig Explores Mother-Daughter Love (And Angst) In 'Lady Bird'

Actress Greta Gerwig has made a career starring in movies about quirky women. She played a driftless dancer in Frances Ha and a punk photographer in 20th Century Women. Now she's written and directed her first film, an exploration of mother-daughter relationships called Lady Bird. "I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter," Gerwig says. "It has a tremendous amount of love — and a tremendous amount of angst." Gerwig felt Hollywood wasn't...

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