World
3:20 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime

Director Nidal Hassan spent a year filming in Tartous, a Syrian beach town made up mostly of Alawites who still support embattled President Bashar Assad.
Khaled Al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 9:59 pm

The film on Syria's Alawite community isn't finished yet, but filmmaker Nidal Hassan's favorite scenes are beginning to take shape.

It opens with fireworks on New Year's Eve in Tartous, Syria. "May God preserve the president for us," one young man yells in a reference to Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

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3:18 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Lt. Governor talks trade in the Netherlands

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Calley says one reason for the trip is "Michigan's long-standing ties with Dutch companies (that) have resulted in good jobs here".
LANSING - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will lead a week-long trade mission to the Netherlands on Saturday, the governor's office announced today. Calley will travel with local and state officials, including House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, and Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams. The delegation returns April 19.
It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Searching For The Sequester In The Middle Of Ohio

In Columbus, Ohio, signs of the sequester were hard to find.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 9:59 pm

It's been a little more than a month since the start of the sequester — the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in because Congress couldn't agree on something better.

Before it hit, there were dire and at times very specific predictions of job losses, furloughs and program cuts — many of them from the Obama administration.

Of course, it's still early. Everything you hear today about the effects of the sequester could and probably will change over the coming weeks and months.

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Author Interviews
2:12 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

The 'Alchemists' Who Control The Purse Strings Of The Economy

Cover of The Alchemists

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:03 pm

As the U.S. economy struggles to recover from the financial crash, and Europe is buffeted by a series of banking crises, attention has focused on the presidents and prime ministers who've tried to cope with it all. Journalist Neil Irwin, an economics writer for The Washington Post, says there's an elite group of policymakers who can make enormously important decisions on their own, often deliberating in secret, and in many ways unaccountable to voters.

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Remembrances
2:12 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Remembering David Kuo: Refocusing Religious Groups On Faith

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. David Kuo died Friday of brain cancer at the age of 44. We're going to hear an excerpt of my interview with him. When President Bush created the office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2001, Kuo, a conservative, evangelical Christian, became its deputy director. When he left the office in 2003, he accused the Bush administration of manipulating conservative Christians to get the Christian vote.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

North Korea's Threats: Predicable Pattern Or Provocation?

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 4:05 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. Tensions between North and South Korea show no sign of abatement. Today the North Korean government officially suspended operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex and withdrew all of its more than 50,000 workers. Many consider the complex the last remaining symbol of North and South Korean cooperation.

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Opinion
2:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Op-Ed: The Nonexistent Line Between Justice And Revenge

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 3:51 pm

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Remembrances
2:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

How Margaret Thatcher Changed The World

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 4:06 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Margaret Thatcher spoke with utter conviction in her principles and absolute certainty in her actions. If she inspired passionate opposition, she couldn't care less. She reveled in her enemies and made them easily.

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Law
12:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

How Powerful Are White Supremacist Prison Gangs?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We've been talking a lot about college readiness on this program. Often the focus is kids from tough backgrounds. Now, though, we're hearing that even some high achieving college students just aren't college ready. We'll talk about why that might be later in the program.

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NPR Story
11:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Getting Over Rejection, From College

Most colleges and universities recently let anxious students know who is getting in --and who is not-- for the next academic year. And many applicants are dealing with rejection from their dream school. Host Michel Martin talks with psychotherapist Diane Barth about what students are going through, and how parents can help them move on.

Race
11:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

From Dishwashers To Head Chefs

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll hear the latest installment in our tweet poetry series, Muses and Metaphor, but first, we'd like to talk about an effort to add some flavor to the top ranks of restaurant kitchens in America's spiciest city.

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WMUK News
9:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Local bookstores doing very well, thank you

Bookstore sign in Kalamazoo welcomes customers
Credit WMUK

The impending death of bookstores, and even printed books, has long been predicted. But MLive Kalamazoo reporter Yvonne Zipp says the funeral notices may have been sent too soon.

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Remembrances
9:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Britain's Iron Lady, Former Prime Minister Thatcher, Dies

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister in 1979 and served until 1990. In 1992, she was elevated to the House of Lords to become Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. Thatcher died Monday at age 87 following a stroke, her spokesman said.
Harry Dempster Express/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 1:14 pm

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke. She was 87. Despite many accomplishments during her 11 years in office, she was a divisive figure, and there is still much bitterness surrounding the woman who was dubbed the Iron Lady.

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9:23 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Portage rape victim launches "no means no" campaign

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Campaign is in connection with sexual assault awareness month
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The night she was raped, Lauren Kyle was just hanging out with a boy from the neighborhood. But what started out as an ordinary walk on a warm summer evening turned into a sexual assault in the woods near Amberly Elementary School in Portage.
Remembrances
9:03 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's Life And Legacy In Britain

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Monday, it is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

Britain and the world are reflecting this morning on the life of Margaret Thatcher. The former British prime minister has died at the age of 87. Britain's current Prime Minister David Cameron remembered her this way.

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Kalamazoo Public Services
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Kalamazoo announces new Public Services Director

Sue Foune
Credit City of Kalamazoo

The city of Kalamazoo says Deputy Public Services Director Sue Foune will become the Department's director in May. 

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The Record
7:42 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

The Wu-Tang Clan. Clockwise from left: Ol' Dirty Bastard, the GZA, the RZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Center, from left, Method Man and U-God.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:26 pm

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Animals
7:39 am
Mon April 8, 2013

African Leopard Tortoise Cashew Was Never Stolen

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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Business
7:32 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Target Apologizes For Poor Choice Of Words

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Target has apologized for a poor choice of words. Susan Clemens was looking at a gray dress on the company's website, when she noticed how the color was described. Regular sizes were dark heather gray. Plus sizes - in the exact, same color - became manatee gray.

Manatees are walrus-like animals. They're also known as sea cows. Clemens tweeted her disgust, and it went viral. The company says from now on, they're just going to go with gray.

7:16 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Billions of tax dollars go uncollected in Michigan

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Sales tax has biggest deficit of any tax category
Michigan has written off $2.2 billion in delinquent taxes since 2000 and is chasing billions more from 492,000 delinquent accounts. Treasury Department officials say the delinquencies are 3 percent or less of all taxes due to the state.
6:40 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Poll gives Congressman Mike Rogers early advantage in GOP Senate race

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Grand Rapids Congressman Justin Amash and former Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land among others in poll for next year's Senate race
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is leading the pack among potential Republican candidates to replace U.S. Sen. Carl Levin next year, early polling shows. One of the two polls - a survey released by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group - showed that Rogers, who lives in Howell, has a strong base of support among mid-Michigan voters and conservative and pro-life voters statewide.
6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Group plans petition drive for proposal to ban "fracking" in Michigan

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Hydraulic fracturing has been used to extract natural gas. Opponents of practice say it damages air and water
SOUTH HAVEN - Men and women of manners avoid dropping the "F-bomb," as the swear word is referred to these days.
6:24 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Holland Township raises payments to economic development agency

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Lakeshore Advantage will continue work to attract new businesses and retain companies.
Holland Township's board of trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to renew an agreement with Lakeshore Advantage Corporation for business development and increase the payment to $50,000 from $40,000. Township Supervisor Terry Nienhuis said Lakeshore Advantage has done "fantastic work" attracting new business to Holland Township and retaining existing businesses.
6:15 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Galesburg-Augusta School Board members blame themselves for superintendent's dismissal

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Tim Vagts was hired in 2009. Two board members resigned after vote in March not to extend his contract.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
GALESBURG, MI -- Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Superintendent Tim Vagts will be looking for a new job next year, but two G-A school board members say they blame themselves and their fellow trustees for the growing tensions in the school community that led to the decision.
NPR Story
5:01 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

Lilly Pulitzer married into the famous Pulitzer media family but her own fame came from her line of screaming pink, lime and fluorescent yellow shift dresses.

NPR Story
5:01 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Foreign Service Officer Died Doing What She Loved

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Over the weekend in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber took the life of five Americans. They were on a mission to deliver books to an Afghan school. They were military personnel, a Defense Department civilian, and the first State Department Foreign Service officer to be killed in Afghanistan.

She was 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff. NPR's Sean Carberry, in Kabul, sent this remembrance.

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NPR Story
5:01 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Religious Tensions Escalate In Egypt Amid Violence

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Steve Inskeep is reporting from Venezuela this week as that nation holds a presidential election. I'm David Greene in Washington. Over the weekend, Egypt suffered the worse religious violence it has seen since President Mohamed Morsi came to power last year. At least six people were killed, including five Coptic Christians. More than 80 others were wounded.

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Law
3:24 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (center), pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to kill Americans on March 8. He is set to appear in a federal court Monday.
Elizabeth Williams AP

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:32 am

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.

Abu Ghaith was captured by U.S. officials in February, and his arrest is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden, but also because the Obama administration has decided to try him in a federal court instead of using a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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It's All Politics
3:23 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Some Gun Control Opponents Cite Fear Of Government Tyranny

Hundreds of gun owners and enthusiasts attend a rally at the Connecticut Capitol in Hartford on Jan. 19.
Rick Hartford MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 11:35 am

As the Senate returns from a two-week spring recess Monday, topping its agenda is legislation to try to curb the kind of gun violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last December.

Recent polls show broad popular support for enhanced background checks and bans on military-style guns and ammunition. But many members of Congress side with gun-rights advocates who oppose such measures.

And those advocates are increasingly making the case that Americans need guns to fight government tyranny.

'A Fringe Idea' Goes Mainstream

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It's All Politics
3:21 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Why Politicians Want Children To Be Seen And Heard

President Obama signs a series of executive orders on gun control Jan. 16 surrounded by children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence. They are, from left, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 7:36 pm

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