South Korea is one of the world's richest nations, a modern place with trends changing as fast as its Internet speeds. But when it comes to some social issues, the country has been slow to change — especially for gays and lesbians.

While there are shows of support — this month, a record 85,000 people turned up at Seoul's annual pride festival, for example — recent events indicate South Korea's institutions and political class are only reluctantly tolerating sexual minorities.

Israel has removed controversial metal detectors at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem, aiming to ease tension after days of protests.

But it remains to be seen whether Muslim worshippers will accept the security measures that Israel plans to implement in their place. The metal detectors were installed at the Muslim-administered site after several Israeli Arabs shot dead two Israeli police officers there.

Emporia, Kansas is home to rolling prairies, wheat fields, and the world's biggest frisbee golf tournament.

But the reason we went there: the National Teacher Hall of Fame, which gives the place it's most revered title, Teacher Town USA.

In 1989 the members of the Emporia local school board and Emporia State University asked, 'Why doesn't anyone honor teachers?'

To fill the void, they created the museum and hall of fame, where the top five teachers in the nation are honored every year. To be eligible, you must have taught for 20 years or more.

It was just five days ago that John McCain, the longtime Arizona senator, two-time presidential candidate and perhaps America's most famous prisoner of war, was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer.

And yet, McCain is set to make a dramatic return to the U.S. Senate Tuesday for a key vote on health care.

"Look forward to returning to Senate tomorrow...," McCain tweeted Monday night.

In 1915, an advertisement proclaiming, "Bake in a glass!" appeared in the pages of Good Housekeeping. Corning Glass Works in New York had created a product that allowed food to be mixed, baked and served all in the same dish. By 1919, 4 million pieces of Pyrex — a new, durable glassware — had been sold to customers throughout the United States.

Even the most commonplace devices in our world had to be invented by someone.

Take the windshield wiper. It may seem hard to imagine a world without windshield wipers, but there was one, and Mary Anderson lived in that world.

In 1902, Anderson was visiting New York City.

President Trump's son and former campaign chairman are both expected to meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but in a move that's irritated some Democrats, they will reportedly not be put under oath to answer the panel's questions.

The modern Planet of the Apes reboot begins with a research chimpanzee being raised in an American home. It's a pretty plausible premise — that exact scenario has played out in the real world many times.

If an event is branded as annual but it only happens once, can it still be called annual? This is the case for Pyongyang's "annual" Taedonggang Beer Festival, the second of which was slated to take place during the month of August.

China-based tour company Koryo Tours, which is among the go-to tour groups organizing trips into North Korea, writes on its blog that it was "informed" North Korean organizers have canceled the event.

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

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Music Without Borders with Joel Cohen 07/17/2017

Jul 17, 2017

10:06AM-10:10AM (4:31) Ralph Towner “Pilgrim” composed by Ralph Towner from My Foolish Heart (2017) on ecm New

10:12AM-10:15AM (3:00) Judith Farmer & Nic Gerpe “Flurry” composed by Gernot Wolfgang from Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through on Albany Records

Friday July 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific daylight time on Politics: A Love Story, Bob Bushansky interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and current president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank. They discuss a study that Holtz-Eakin oversaw during his CBO tenure from 2003 to 2005 that concluded that tax cuts to stimulate the economy usually do not pay for themselves and actually lose the economy 50-70 cents for each dollar cut.

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

In the wake of the California Legislature’s passage of its massive transportation funding bill, CalTrans has decided to immediately expedite some of the money to 13 projects statewide.

One of those projects will be here in Mendocino County, as the agency plans to pave four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

According to Caltrans District One representative Phil Frisbie, the $3 million project — which will span from mile markers 25 to 29 — is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

In the wake of the California Legislature’s passage of its massive transportation funding bill, CalTrans has decided to immediately expedite some of the money to 13 projects statewide.

One of those projects will be here in Mendocino County, as the agency plans to pave four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

According to Caltrans District One representative Phil Frisbie, the $3 million project — which will span from mile markers 25 to 29 — is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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