There's currently no cure for Parkinson's, a debilitating neurological disease. There's also no blood test that can detect it, meaning early intervention is almost impossible.
But soon there might be a shockingly easy way to screen for Parkinson's disease. It would be as simple as picking up the telephone and saying "ahhh."
"There's some evidence, admittedly weak, that voice disturbances may well be one of the first or early indicator of the disease," mathematician Max Little tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.
A Raumo Egyptian cigarettes package from 1914-15 contained an accompanying "coaching note" in Chinese. Hopeful immigrants would memorize answers to make sure they were responding to questions from immigration officials correctly. A note was found hidden in this pack and reads, "Grandmother bound feet. Chun Seak with me not recognize. Sure remember."
The wedding photograph of Wong Lan Fong and Yee Shew Ning, in front of the Mei Yi Mei Church, a Chinese Methodist Church, at the island of Honam, across the Pearl River from Canton (now Guangzhou) in 1926.
Wong Lan Fong only spent one to two nights at Angel Island at a time when most were detained for up to two weeks. This is Fong's "Declaration of Non-immigrant Alien about to Depart for the United States" document from April 27, 1927.
In the first page of Michael Pupa's pre-hearing summary from 1951, under "additional comments", it says "Parents taken to ghetto in 1942 supposed to be shot." Pupa, who is now 73, is the only living individual featured in the exhibit.
Earlier this year, classical percussionist Mike Tetreault walked onstage at Symphony Hall in Boston for the audition of a lifetime: The Boston Symphony Orchestra was looking for not just one but two new percussionists.
When tragedies happen, comparisons are always made to past events. It's become part of the news coverage of the Aurora, Colo., theater rampage to refer to it as "one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history," as The Associated Press says.
Businesses in Aurora, Colo., sprang into action Friday to assist victims and their families. Kevin Hougen, president of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, worked with businesses to help provide necessities to victims of the shooting. Host Scott Simon spoke with Hougen Friday from his office, which overlooks the movie theater.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. And it's time now for sports.
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SIMON: OK, maybe that should be the (hums Olympic theme) because in just a few days, all the pomp and patriotism, the grit and athleticism, the sweat and pomposity of the 2010 Olympic Summer Games begins. Here with a preview NPR's Tom Goldman joins us. Tom, thanks so much for being with us.
TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Did I just hear doves released in the studio there, Scott?
The phrase "theater number 9" may soon be one of those added to our collective memory. That is where the shootings in Aurora, Colo., took place. It has some movie goers wondering about their safety in cities across the country.