Navy Seals Raid Somalia Base, What’s Next in Post-Revolution Egypt, Stray Donkeys Tax Dallas Police, Kentucky Colonel Reflects on the Game: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on January 25, 2012

1:06pm: Seal Team Six, the same team that killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan last year, raided a Somali pirate camp yesterday to rescue an American woman and Danish man being held hostage. Both are aid workers who’d been kidnapped by the pirates last October. Nine pirates were killed in a firefight during yesterday’s attack, and another five taken prisoner. The raid occurred around 2:00 AM Somali time, and President Obama had been notified of its success shortly before he gave last night’s State of the Union speech to Congress. We’ll hear the story.

1:12pm: Huge crowds are once again converging on Tahrir Square in Cairo on the one year anniversary of the uprising that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak. The BBC’s Jon Leyne says the demonstration has the feeling of a street party and there are more people in the square than last year because everyone from liberals, to once-banned Islamists who won a majority of parliamentary seats in recent elections, to the country’s current military rulers want to claim ownership of the revolution.

1:35pm: In Texas, a record drought is reverberating beyond farms and tourism—it’s rippling through to the police. In response to high hay prices, people are letting their donkeys loose because they can’t afford to feed them. And in Dallas, the police are being taken off their regular duties to catch and corral stray donkeys, because the county sheriff is responsible for securing loose livestock.

1:40pm: From 1967 to 1976, Louisville was the home of the Kentucky Colonels professional basketball team. The team’s trainer for most of those years was Lloyd “Pink” Gardner, who with Gary P. West has co-written a book about his experience called Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. Gardner spoke with WFPL’s Rick Howlett.

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