Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' Dropped By Two Major Sports Teams

The singer Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" has been a cherished part of sports tradition in the U.S. for decades. But in the aftermath of a discovery that the singer had also recorded at least two songs with racist content in the 1930s, two major American sports teams, baseball's New York Yankees and hockey's Philadelphia Flyers, have announced that they will stop playing Smith's rendition of the Irving Berlin patriotic classic. On Sunday, the Flyers also took down a statue of...

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Death Toll Rises In Sri Lanka Explosions Carried Out On Easter Sunday

Updated at 12:53 a.m. ET Monday
Nearly 300 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after explosions tore through Sri Lanka in a series of coordinated blasts that struck three churches and three hotels. It marked the country's worst violence since the end of its civil war in 2009. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Monday the death toll had risen to 290 dead with more than 500 wounded, according to The Associated Press. A top police official reportedly had alerted security...

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North Adams, MA – Plans for the new Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School are moving forward in anticipation of its opening in September 2004. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana sat down with some of the school's board members to find out where they are in the planning stages.

Albany, NY – Maurice Hinchey is back in the Congressional Corner. Today he and Alan discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling concerning afirmative action in college admissions. Alan asks Maurice if he thinks it's unAmerican to consider race in the admissions process.

Albany, NY – Political Scientist, Ned Schneier returns to the Congressional Corner today to discuss with Alan yet another topic of political science nomenclature - rational choice theory. Ned and Alan take a look at how this theory is used by many in Congress to win elections.

Greenville, NY – New York State is the new owner of more than five hundred acres of open space in the Hudson Valley. Environmental groups, legislators and town officials applaud the preservation of this land of trails, forest, and ecosystems. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

Albany, NY – An international team of surgeons in Singapore tried but failed to separate conjoined twins from Iran. The 29-year old sisters from Iran, who were joined at the head, died from massive bleeding. The procedure has started a debate within the medical community. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke to a medical ethicist from our region about the case.

Albany, NY – The war may have been declared 'over' in Iraq but lives are still being lost there. Democrat Maurice Hinchey returns to the Congressional Corner today, discussing with Alan, the establishment of order and the future of democracy, in Iraq.

Albany, NY – In this post fund drive Congressional Corner we welcome back our newest participant Ned Schneier, Political Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. Today he and Alan take up the subject of Sub Committee government and how oversite in the Congress has changed over the years.

Albany, NY – Connecticut's second district representative Robert Simmons returns for a final chat in his first run particpating in The Congressional Corner. He and Alan pick up with the topic of the CIA. Alan opens by asking Robert what he thinks about solving problems within intelligence agencies.

Albany, NY – Democrat Richard Neal returns to the Congressional Corner. This time he and WAMC's David Galletly talk about the FCC decision to relax the rules of media ownership and they look forward to what the effects might be on cable and tele-communications companies David asks Richard what his views are on the results of the hearing this past Monday.

Albany, NY – The Roadmap to Peace is on the table in the Congressional Corner today. Richard Neal of Massachusetts is back for a final conversation with David Galletly, about the Roadmap to Peace and democracy in the middle east. David asks Richard how he would grade president Bush's perfomance during these talks.

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