Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., holding a cane. He was helped up the steps of the Capitol by Vice President Biden (behind Kirk) and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., (in red tie). Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is at right.
Before lawmakers get back to the business of arguing about taxes, deficits and other issues as they open a new session of Congress today, there was just a nice moment outside the Capitol.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who suffered a stroke last Jan. 21, came to the Capitol for the first time since then. And as C-SPAN cameras watched, he made a very public return — slowly walking up the steps of the Capitol with assistance from Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.
Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:05 pm
When there's a cylinder of medical oxygen in the room, the last thing you want it to do is burst into flames.
So the Food and Drug Administration says Praxair has recalled its Grab 'n Go Vantage portable oxygen units. The product combines an aluminum cylinder with a regulator that releases the oxygen at the right pressure for medical use.
It's a handy combination, but only when the Grab 'n Go is working right.
People have been sharing food with strangers since ancient days, offering up the household's finest fare to mysterious travelers. Think Abraham and the three men of Mamre in the Bible and the folks who take in strangers after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. That deep tradition of generous hospitality has long been thought uniquely human.
If so, then bonobos, those gregarious African apes, may be more like us than we thought.
Cast members of PBS <em>Downton Abbey</em> (left to right) Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Sophie McShera (Daisy), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Rob James-Collier (Thomas).
Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:56 am
Earl of Grantham. Mr. Carson. Daisy. Lady Grantham (or Cora, if you'd prefer). Anna. Thomas.
For many of you, these names have become as familiar to you as your own family members' names. For anyone not in the know, these are the characters on the PBS Masterpiece Classic popular period-drama Downton Abbey.
With the third season slated to debut in the United States this Sunday, Jan. 6, several of the cast members stopped by the NPR DC headquarters to talk with Morning Edition Host David Greene about what's coming up.