Around the Nation
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Taco Bell Commercial Takes A Jab At McDonald's

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Taco Bell stuck it to McDonald's. The fast-food chain is broadcasting TV ads featuring Ronald McDonald. Dozens of people who are really named Ronald McDonald promote Taco Bell. While tweaking the McDonald's mascot, they also promote Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine, including a breakfast waffle taco.

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7:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fastest Growing U.S. City Is A Retirement Community

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The fastest-growing city in the country is not what you'd expect, not a trendy tech hub, not an edgy edge city. It's The Villages, in Central Florida. Nobody under 55 can live there. Aging boomers have made The Villages the biggest retirement community in the world - specializing in microbrew, golf courses and November-December romance; also, the world's longest golf cart parade.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

StoryCorps
6:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Marine Draws Strength From His Marriage To Recover From Burns

Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It is Friday, which is when we hear from StoryCorps, which tells the stories of everyday people, in fact people tell those stories themselves. Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal served in Afghanistan. In June 2008 his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He suffered third degree burns, severely disfiguring most of his face and body. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand were amputated. This is a common story, as we know.

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6:43 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Kellogg Community College President Placed on Leave

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College officials aren't giving details about the reason for its investigation of Dennis Bona.
Kellogg Community College President Dennis Bona was placed on administrative leave Thursday, pending an investigation "regarding his interactions with college personnel." In a statement from the college attributed to Jonathan Byrd, chairman of the KCC Board of Trustees, the leave was described as a "non-disciplinary paid administrative leave."
Around the Nation
5:22 am
Fri March 28, 2014

World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The Christian charity World Vision announced this week it would begin hiring married gay Christians, but then quickly reversed the decision because of a backlash from evangelicals. NPR's Sam Sanders has more on the controversy.

SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: World Vision is big. It brought in over a billion dollars in revenue last year. Its mission is simple: Raise money to fight poverty, and sponsor lots of children across the globe.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine's Belgorod Border Region

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's some news we're tracking today. NATO and Ukrainian officials are warning about a sizable troop build-up by Russia along its border with Ukraine. Western estimates put the military presence on the Russian side at between 20 and 50 thousand troops. Sources told Reuters these include infantry and armored units along with some air support.

Now, why the Russian forces would have gathered is still not clear. Although some Western officials fear they're preparing to invade Ukraine's Russian-speaking east.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Landslide Debris Makes Search And Recovery Excruciating Slow

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:24 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

It's day six of the search and rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Oso, Washington. The death toll stands right now at 26. Ninety people are still reported missing. That's left many families in limbo waiting for news. NPR's Martin Kaste reports on why the recovery work has been so excruciatingly slow.

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Crafts
10:22 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Tobacco Pipe Art Brings Collector and Pipe Maker Together

Credit courtesy of Robert Bartholomew

Chicago resident Jason Niehoff is a freelance bass player for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. 

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Arts & More
7:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Fried Egg Nebula Delivers Jam-Rock Sound Sunny Side Up

From L-R: band members David Grummon, Jerry Hoffman, Chris Soderman, and Alan Gulick.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Craigslist is great for locating a lot of things - antiques, part-time jobs, your next apartment - and for some, your new bandmates

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Shots - Health News
6:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
Mary Levin/University of Washington

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 9:17 am

Back in the 1970s, a geneticist named Mary-Claire King decided she needed to figure out why women in some families were much more likely to get breast cancer.

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5:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

KPS Board Vacancy to be Filled Friday

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The board is looking for someone to replace former trustee Mark Totten who resigned as he seeks the Democratic nomination for Michigan attorney general.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, to pick the person who will fill a vacancy on the board. The board has a list of 11 candidates to consider.
Book Reviews
5:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Book Review: 'How To Dance As The Roof Caves In'

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:25 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Making poetry out of something as messy as the recent housing crisis may sound like a tall order, but Nick Lantz has done it. The collection is called "How to Dance as the Roof Caves In." Our reviewer, Tess Taylor says calls it biting but tender.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction

An election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early-voting polling site in Austin, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

It's that time again, when primary voters start casting their ballots for the midterm elections. As in recent years, voters face new rules and restrictions, including the need in 16 states to show a photo ID.

But this year, some voting rights activists say they're seeing a change — fewer new restrictions and, in some places, even a hint of bipartisanship.

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Middle East
5:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

President Prepares To Meet King As U.S.-Saudi Divisions Deepen

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:31 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

The research team used yeast chromosome No. 3 as the model for their biochemical stitchery. Pins and white diamonds in the illustration represent "designer changes" not found in the usual No. 3; yellow stretches represent deletions.
Lucy Reading-Ikkanda

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

Using the labor of dozens of undergraduate students, scientists have built a customized yeast chromosome from scratch.

It's a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, where organisms can be tailored for industrial use. In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the genetics of yeast, and eventually the genetics of us.

This was quite an undertaking. Yeast have about 6,000 genes packed in 16 tidy bundles called chromosomes. Each chromosome is an enormous molecule of DNA packed in proteins.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

We now have the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Today's report was commissioned by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and it finds the governor did nothing wrong. It won't be the last word. Critics question the report's credibility, as NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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History
4:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

When A Record Quake Struck Alaska, One Small Church Survived

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:03 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Fifty years ago today, the most powerful recorded earthquake in North American history struck Alaska. The quake, which measured 9.2 on the Richter scale, was also the second largest in recorded history. The trembler and the ensuing tsunami resulted in 30 deaths and caused massive destruction, including landslides that destroyed scores of city blocks in Anchorage.

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Performing Arts
1:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

Over the course of Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) metamorphosed from a high school chemistry teacher to a notorious outlaw.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 3:15 pm

In the 2008 pilot of AMC's Breaking Bad, high school teacher Walter White fails to interest his chemistry students in the study of change. But over the course of the series, Walt himself came to exemplify radical change, using his knowledge of chemistry to become a master meth cook, and transforming himself into a notorious outlaw who was willing to kill, when necessary, to keep his operation running.

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12:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

No Contact Order Lifted for Two Allegan County Waterways

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Health officials say water samples show bacteria levels that are no longer significant
ALLEGAN COUNTY, MI -- County health officials have lifted a no-contact advisory for Bear Creek and parts of the Rabbit River after a February liquid manure spill from a farm. The advisory was issued Feb. 17 because of risk for high bacteria levels following the discovery of a stormwater system failure at the Schaendorf dairy farm in Monterey Township.
12:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Michigan Congressional Democrats Want Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

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More than 300 marriage licenses were issued after last week's ruling by a federal judge. That stopped after a stay was issued Saturday
LANSING, MI -- Michigan won't recognize some 300 same-sex marriages performed this weekend, but Congressional Democrats are calling on the federal government to do so. U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, along with Reps. John Dingell, Sander Levin, Gary Peters and Dan Kildee made the request Thursday.
12:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

ACLU Considers Legal Action on Same-Sex Marriage Recognition in Michigan

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Governor Snyder says marriages were legal, but benefits not extended with court ruling appeal
LANSING, MI -- The ACLU of Michigan is considering legal action on behalf of same-sex couples who were married on Saturday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban but before an appeals court put the decision on hold. Gov.
Movie Interviews
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2014

For Actor Michael Peña, A Transformative Role As Cesar Chavez

Michael Pena as Cesar Chavez
Pantelion Films

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

The new film Cesar Chavez brings to life the famed civil rights leader, who organized farm laborers and fought to secure a living wage and better working conditions in the fields. He founded the United Farm Workers union in California in 1962, and his work inspired millions of people in the U.S. and internationally. Actor Michael Peña, who plays Chavez, spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about how he prepared for the role and what it meant to him and his family.

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Sports
11:55 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Can Coats Quiet Controversy Over Football Team Name?

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

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Sports
11:54 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Boxed In, Then Leaving NFL At Age 26

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

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7:37 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Michigan's Tobacco Settlement Money Used for Many Things Besides Health

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Tobacco settlement money could be used for Detroit bankruptcy proceedings
Lansing The state has paid for scholarships, business grants, budget fixes and now may help Detroit by raiding a large pot of money that anti-smoking groups and others say rightfully should go toward improving the health of Michiganians.
Europe
7:08 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dolphins In Crimea Join Russian Navy

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:56 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Russia took over many Ukrainian military assets when it annexed Crimea, including dolphins at the oceanarium in Sebastopol. Trained to locate enemy divers and carry spy equipment, Ukraine planned to shut down the combat dolphin program in April - too expensive. Now these dolphins will raise their fins to the Kremlin, which apparently does have the rubles to upgrade their gear. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Flirtatious Customer Spotted Trying To Steal Electronics

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:56 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Well, it could have been burgeoning romance at a restaurant in San Mateo, California. A customer left his name and phone number with the bartender, trying to steal her heart. He came back a bit later. This time, at the restaurant's back door, trying to steal a television and other electronics. Employees spotted him, including the woman he had flirted with, and so a date was setup at a donut shop by the police, who promptly arrested the man.

6:38 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Michigan Legislature Calls for Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

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34 states would have to approve call for Constitutional convention
LANSING, MI -- Michigan has joined more than 20 other states with active applications urging Congress to call a convention for the purposes of drafting a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Michigan Senate on Wednesday signed off on the final draft of Joint Resolution V, approving House modifications in a 25-12 party-line vote.
Europe
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:56 am

The elections of President Obama and Pope Francis made history — Obama as the first African-American U.S. president and the Argentine-born Jorge Bergoglio as the first non-European pope in centuries.

NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cracked Dam Causes Water Emergency In Washington State

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:56 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

In eastern Washington State, a massive hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River is cracked. Engineers have lowered the water upstream to relieve pressure on the structure. But the low water behind Wanapum Dam has alarmed nearby farmers. Some irrigation pipes are no longer reaching the river and the weather is about to heat up. The Northwest News Network's Anna King reports.

ANNA KING, BYLINE: Frosty Hansen is 74 but he drives his Kawasaki like he's 15 and has nothing to lose.

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