WDIY http://wdiy.org en How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam http://wdiy.org/post/how-fanny-pack-mix-revealed-medicare-drug-scam The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/how-fraud-flourishes-in-medicares-drug-plan#butcher">misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions</a> and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.<p>Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.<p>Last year, <a href="http://www.propublica.org/series/prescribers">ProPublica chronicled how lax oversight</a> had led to rampant waste and fraud in Medicare's prescription drug program, known as Part D. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 43572 at http://wdiy.org How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core http://wdiy.org/post/qa-union-leader-tenure-testing-and-common-core The American Federation of Teachers <a href="http://aft.org/index.cfm">(AFT)</a> is holding its <a href="http://www.aft.org/convention/">annual convention</a> in Los Angeles through this weekend. For the AFT's more than 3,500 national delegates descending on LA, there is a lot on their plate and big challenges ahead for the nation's second-largest teachers' union: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">the Common Core</a>, tenure and fierce debate about testing, to name a few. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43573 at http://wdiy.org Q&A: A Union Leader On Tenure, Testing And The Common Core A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 http://wdiy.org/post/voice-velvet-and-bronze-carlo-bergonzi-90 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94e1ARaqJx8</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 43571 at http://wdiy.org A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries http://wdiy.org/post/book-news-singapore-pulls-2-childrens-books-gay-couples-libraries <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Authorities in Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28243356">have withdrawn</a> two children's books about gay couples from libraries. In <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nlbsg/posts/10152225024695924">a statement</a>, the National Library Board suggested that gayness and family values are incompatible: "Young children are among our libraries' most frequent visitors. Many of them browse books in our children's sections on their own. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 43568 at http://wdiy.org Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace http://wdiy.org/post/israel-and-hamas-keep-attacks-ignoring-calls-peace The exchange of hundreds of air strikes and rockets between Israel's military and militant group Hamas continued Friday. In Israel, a rocket set a gas station on fire; in Gaza, the health ministry says 100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 injured in the military strikes that began this week.<p>Hamas announced today that it is targeting Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel's main international airport near Tel Aviv. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 43569 at http://wdiy.org Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace 'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored http://wdiy.org/post/how-survive-bulls-co-author-gets-gored On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 editor 43570 at http://wdiy.org New York City Considers Licensing Costumed Peformers http://wdiy.org/post/new-york-city-considers-licensing-costumed-peformers Lawmakers say too many people dress like Superman or other characters to pose for pictures with tourists, and then they demand money. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 editor 43566 at http://wdiy.org Gaza Residents Deal With Fourth Night Of Israeli Air Strikes http://wdiy.org/post/gaza-residents-deal-fourth-night-israeli-air-strikes Steve Inskeep talks to Palestinian-American business consultant and political commentator Sami Abdel-Shafi about living in Gaza while under attack from Israel. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 editor 43567 at http://wdiy.org Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It http://wdiy.org/post/economists-say-inflation-tame-consumers-arent-buying-it Economists regularly issue reports calling inflation tame or mild, or some other word that suggests consumers shouldn't be feeling much pain.<p>One example: "Inflation has been tame and this is providing households with some relief" from economic stress, according to an assessment done this week by PNC Financial Services.<p>But if you happen to be buying gasoline or groceries, you may not be feeling relieved — at all.<p>"It's kind of hard to even buy milk and bread," said Kimberly Acevedo, a bank teller who was shopping at a Best Market in Harlem. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 43565 at http://wdiy.org Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists http://wdiy.org/post/last-word-business-159 Two journalists from a newspaper in Brighton, England, went to the hospital after sampling the Hot Chili Burger. The heat is in the sauce, which is rated about 3,000 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 43564 at http://wdiy.org