Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, that's the verdict today against Efrain Rios Montt, a former dictator of Guatemala. The general ruled the Central American nation in the early 1980s, one of the bloodiest periods of its 36-year-long civil war. Rios Montt, now 86 years old, was found responsible for atrocities committed against the Maya Ixil indigenous group. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.
CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Presiding Judge Yasmin Barrios read the verdict to a packed audience in the expansive Supreme Court auditorium.
As if the Obama administration's conservative critics didn't have enough fodder with last year's attacks on a U.S. Consulate that killed four Americans, now comes Friday's startling revelation that Internal Revenue Service workers between 2010 and 2012 singled out groups with "Tea Party" and "Patriots" in their name for extra scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.
Other bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill may be collapsing around them, but a cadre of Democratic and Republican women serving on the Senate and House Armed Services committees are leveraging their historic clout to respond together to the sexual assault crisis engulfing the U.S. military.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will undertake a spacewalk Saturday morning to try to repair a leak in their cooling system.
The leak appears to be ammonia used in a power supply. It was spotted midmorning on Thursday. Commander Chris Hadfield reported seeing "a very steady stream of flakes or bits" floating away from the station. On the ground, mission control noticed a steady drop in ammonia levels on one of the station's eight power channels. The same channel had problems back in November of 2012.
Major League Baseball has admitted that umpires have made some big mistakes in the last few days. On Wednesday, umpires ruled even after looking at television replays that Adam Rosales of the Oakland A's hit a double. The ball clearly left the park with the game on the line. And last night in Houston, umps botched a fairly simple rule about pitchers. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now to second-guess the men in black. And, Mike, everyone makes mistakes, right, even umpires. Why are they getting picked on?
The last time Hayes Carll visited us, he brought his band for a killer session of tunes from his KMAG YOYO release (a Top 20 album pick among WNCW listeners, and the #1 song for the Americana Music Association.) This time he's no doubt got some great new songs to unveil for us and you. Tune in to this Texas bard who fits right in alongside John Prine, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Todd Snider, ...and Jack Kerouac. He rolls into the area just in time for a visit and an Asheville show.
One of our favorite regional bands returns to Studio B on Wednesday, with new songs from a forthcoming third album (that they're still hoping to raise enough funds for at last check!) Amanda Anne Platt, Pete James, and the rest of The Honeycutters are rising stars in Americana and great music in general. They play not one but two shows at Isis in Asheville later this week.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/former violinist Annie Lynch first met and formed The Beekeepers while at the Berklee College of Music around 2006, and soon began drawing a devoted following around Boston. Their recent album My Bonneville is a tasteful blend of Americana and indie-rock. They play Asheville Saturday night. “Lynch’s understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas…” -The Boston Globe.