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July 14, 2010

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The kids are all rioting. On a fourth consecutive day of violence in Northern Ireland, children join clashes with police -- and a local priest tells us what he's seeing.

A disease that shrinks your world may get an expanded definition. Inside attempts to broaden the criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease.

On the verge of being carried over the threshold. Argentina is poised to become the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage.

A sight for saurus eyes. A Vermont artist is proud of his enormous dinosaur sculpture -- but some of his neighbours think he puts the middle syllable in "Jurassic".

Doubloon-ar eclipse. When the Nova Scotia government repeals the Treasure Trove Act, it casts a shadow over the hopes of the province's booty-seekers.

And...you must remember thus: a cuss is still a cuss. But when it comes to swearing on TV and radio, an American court rules that the FCC's fundamental things do not apply, as time goes by.

As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that's pleased by this news -- but not exactly eff-usive.


N. IRELAND PARADE VIOLENCE Duration: 00:09:07

For the fourth night in a row, there's a tense standoff on the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

It all began on Sunday with the traditional Orange Order parade, when Protestants march through the street en masse. Since then, more than eighty police officers have been been wounded in the riots.

Last night, in the Catholic district of Ardoyne -- an area that has been at the centre of the riots -- cars were burned, and shots were fired at police -- along with petrol and pipe bombs. In the wake of all this violence, people in that community, and around the country, are trying to figure why it's happening and who is behind it.

Earlier tonight, we reached Father Gary Donegan on the streets of Ardoyne.


EVAN'S JIGG Duration: 00:00:21

Album:COURTING STORIES/SKYE CONSORT

Label:OMBU, OMBU1012

Persons/Roles:
TRADITIONAL - COMPOSER
SKYE CONSORT - ENSEMBLE
SKYE CONSORT - PRODUCER

ARGENTINA SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Duration: 00:05:12

Senators in Argentina today are engaged in a history-making debate.

The Senate is voting on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages and make them equal to heterosexual marriages under the law. The bill has already been approved by Argentina's lower House of Congress. If it passes the Senate, the legislation would be the first of its kind in Latin America.

In December, José María Di Bello and his boyfriend Alex Freyre became the first gay couple to marry in Argentina. They took part in a civil ceremony with the help of a supportive local governor. We reached José María Di Bello earlier today in Buenos Aires.


ABA Duration: 00:03:33

Album:SPANISH WAITER/HOPKINS, MIKE

Label:CUSTOM

Persons/Roles:
MIKE HOPKINS - COMPOSER
RYAN FAIRHEAD - PRODUCER
MIKE HOPKINS - GUITAR
MIKE HOPKINS - PRODUCER

NS TREASURE HUNTING Duration: 00:06:08

Their prospects dashed on the rocky shoals of bureaucracy; their dreams forever lost to Davey Jones' Locker.

That may be a little overly dramatic, but it's pretty close to what Nova Scotia wreck divers are feeling today, after the provincial government repealed the Treasure Trove Act -- a law that allowed them to explore for sunken treasure.

Alex Storm is a treasure hunter in Louisburg, Cape Breton. We reached him at his home.


SOUVENIRS Duration: 00:00:25

Album:JOHN PRINE LIVE

Label:STONY PLAIN, 000025

Persons/Roles:
JOHN PRINE - COMPOSER
JOHN PRINE - VOCALS

SC/MUSIC: FCC SWEARING RULING Duration: 00:02:31

Back in 2003, the band U2 won a Golden Globe for their song "The Hands That Built America". And lead singer Bono began his acceptance speech on NBC like this:Of course, he didn't begin it exactly like that. He didn't emit a beeping sound, but rather an expletive beginning with the letter "F". As you can imagine, this caused an immediate stir, and much controversy. I mean, was the "F" word, in this context -- modifying "brilliant" -- an adjective, or an adverb? The debate caused a schism between linguists that has not healed to this day.

Even the American Federal Communications Commission got involved in the linguistic argument. At first, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau decided that Bono's cuss was "fleeting" and not uttered "in a sexual context".

Therefore, it would not fine NBC or its affiliates for airing the swearing.

Then, FCC overlords overruled the Bureau -- saying U2's singer had been "indecent", and establishing that even "fleeting epithets" would result in fines of up to three-hundred-and-twenty-five thousand bucks per episode.

In the privacy of their offices, American radio and TV executives greeted this decision with language that could have cost them billions in fines. And then Fox Television, CBS Broadcasting, and ABC went to court. The networks said the FCC's policy was unconstitutional. And yesterday, a federal appeals court agreed.

In its decision, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit wrote, "the FCC's policy violates the First Amendment because it is unconstitutionally vague, creating a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here."

By the way, if you're a garage band searching for a name, the Fleeting Expletives would be f...really brilliant.

The FCC is displeased. In fact, Commissioner Michael Copps described the Court's decision as "anti-family". And he swore -- I mean, he promised -- that the FCC would review its policy.

This doesn't mean that "Dora the Explorer" is going to start spitting obscenities at Swiper the Fox, or that Bill O'Reilly is going to have some sort of profane blow-up on the air. It just means that, if a "fleeting expletive" happens to escape the lips of an overexcited celebrity with a limited vocabulary, it may not cost anyone a shipload of money.

I said "shipload". Because we here at As It Happens do not intend to start swearing all of a sudden. Even though, as Mark Twain once wrote, "In certain circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer."

He was goshdarn right -- as Gladys Knight's dad could have told you.


DADDY COULD SWEAR, I DECLARE Duration: 00:02:21

Album:NEITHER ONE OF US/GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS

Label:MOTOWN, S 737 L

Persons/Roles:
JOHNNY BRISTOL - COMPOSER
GLADYS KNIGHT - COMPOSER
MERALD KNIGHT - COMPOSER
GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS - POP GROUP
GLADYS KNIGHT - VOCALS

CLOSING WEDNESDAY Duration: 00:00:36

And that's the doggone conclusion to the first dad-blasted part of "As It Happens".

Helen! Language!

Sorry. I was carried away by the possiblities. We'll be back right after the news with these stories.

Matter over minds. Some Alzheimer's experts think it's time to change the way the disease is diagnosed.

Oil in the families. In Louisiana, an official commission on the BP disaster hears from victims of the spill -- one of whom expresses his feelings in song.

I can't stress this enough: I stressed something too much. Which we found out after airing a story on a town called Beatrice that's really called be-AH-triss.

Stay tuned. I'm HM.

And I'm CH.


RETURN WEDNESDAY Duration: 00:00:49

Hello again, I'm HM.

And I'm CH. This is As It Happens, Part Two.

Coming up:

A Vermont man builds a beautiful dinosaur out of scrap wood -- and some officials want it scrapped, bronto.

Accentuating the negative: Talkback reveals that Beatrice, Nebraska may be a stressful place to live -- but that the stress doesn't fall where you'd think.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


ALZHEIMERS RECOMMENDATION Duration: 00:07:00

Alzheimer's reseachers could soon be diagnosing patients much earlier than ever before.

That's the hope of three expert panels that have just presented a proposed new set of diagnostic guidelines at an international conference on the disease. If accepted, it will be the first time these criteria have changed in more than a quarter-century.

Dr. Maria Carrillo is at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Hawaii. She's the Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer's Assocation. We reached her in Honolulu.


DEN SISTA FABRIKEN Duration: 00:00:33

Album:TRILOGI/FREDRIK

Label:THE KORA RECORDS

Persons/Roles:
FREDRICK - COMPOSER
FREDRICK - POP GROUP

VERMONT STRUCTURE Duration: 00:07:13

It seems like every week, someone's discovered another new dinosaur. This week's revelation: the Mojoceratops, a hippo-sized creature with a fancy set of heart-shaped headgear that roamed Southern Alberta, seventy-five million years ago.

Of course, that's exciting. Kind of. But there's an even more exciting new kind of dinosaur discovery going on nowadays. Instead of just finding dinosaur fossils, some people are creating them.

Last month, Brian Boland brought the Vermontasaurus to life. Although the dino may already be facing extinction.

We reached Brian Boland in Post Mills, Vermont.


VIDA NUEVA Duration: 00:00:33

Album:VIE LA VIE, TELESERIE

Label:GUY CLOUTIER, PGC-CD-9435

Persons/Roles:
LUC SICARD - COMPOSER
CARL BASTIEN - PRODUCER
LUC SICARD - PRODUCER

FTR: BP COMMISSION 1 Duration: 00:02:42

This week, President Obama's National Commission on the oil spill and off-shore drilling wrapped up its first round of public hearings. For the first time, residents of the affected communities were able to tell their stories about how the BP oil spill -- and the moratorium -- have changed their lives.

One of the people who spoke yesterday in New Orleans was Cheri Foitland. Here is some of what she had to say, for the record.


FTR: BP COMMISSION 2 Duration: 00:03:44

Hers wasn't the only story that the Commission heard. They also listened to this one, which uses a method of communication right at home in Louisiana: music.


YOU ARE Duration: 00:00:34

Album:ANTIFOGMATIC/PUNCH BROTHERS

Label:NONESUCH

Persons/Roles:
CHRIS ELDRIDGE - COMPOSER
PAUL KOWERT - COMPOSER
NOAM PIKELNY - COMPOSER
CHRIS THILE - COMPOSER
GABE WITCHER - COMPOSER
JON BRION - PRODUCER
PUNCH BROTHERS - POP GROUP

TB: BEATRICE, NEBRASKA Duration: 00:02:28

We got caught with our pants down telling you a story of pantslessness. And now we're feeling a little red-cheeked.

Last night on the show, we told you the story of a Nebraskan storeowner who had run into trouble with local police. Kevin Kramer, owner of the store "Hannah's Treasures" in a small-ish town, had been threatened with "disorderly conduct" charges after his shop window mannequin had been left on display with her knickers around her ankles.

Well, it seems we exposed ourselves when it came to the pronunciation of the Nebraskan town's name. Luckily, Talkback was there to hoist our pants firmly back up and securely re-fasten our collective belt.


EMAIL

And Darla Thomas also sent us a "brief" message by email. She wrote:

"I just heard your story about the "obscene" mannequin in Beatrice, NE. Thought I'd be among the first to enlighten you as to the correct pronunciation of the town's name: bee AT ris. Why? Who knows the arcane and inscrutable reasons for the bizarre way people pronounce their place names. I'll tell you why those people are so cranky, though...every single thunderstormy, tornadic, hailish weather event that comes north from Oklahoma and Kansas finds its way to Beatrice.

"And they're sick of it! So they take their anger out on mannequins and other innocent bystanders. Actually, I was in Beatrice overnight once and the people were very nice. The sky, however, was black and green and threatening and tornado warnings were all about."Thank you to both Darla and Janet for covering our backs on that one.

Well, if something has got your knickers in a twist or you simply feel an urge to bare all, give Talkback a call on 1-866-481-5718. You can also email us at aih@cbc.ca.


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