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Sweetness And Light
1:15 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

Ersin Kisacik iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 3:31 pm

Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked.

As another school year and college football season gets underway, Deford looks at the frustrations and challenges facing educators to keep student athletes eligible.

Click on the audio link above to hear Deford's take on this issue.

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The Two-Way
12:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Ariel Castro, Ohio Man Who Held Women For Years, Is Dead

Ariel Castro in court on July 17.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:41 pm

Corrections officials in Ohio say convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro is believed to have committed suicide in his cell Tuesday night.

They say he was found hanged around 9:20 p.m. EDT at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, a short distance southwest of Columbus.

Castro was serving a life sentence for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade.

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Syria Debate In Congress: 4 Exchanges You Should Listen To

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 11:48 am

During a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, the Obama administration began making its case for a military strike on Syria.

For about three hours, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions about the administration's plans, which they are asking Congress to OK.

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This Is NPR
5:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Don't 'Tees' Me, Bro. Vote Now!

Claire Mueller NPR

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 8:36 am

Submissions are in, and now it's time to choose a winner. We're in the last week of NPR & Threadless t-shirt design challenge, which means we need your help rating the designs. Between now and Monday, Sept. 9, head over to the Threadless site and use the five-point scale ("UGH." to "$!!!") to let us know what you think of each shirt.

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Code Switch
5:53 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Jury Says You Can't Say That Word. Period

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:41 pm

This a post about a racial slur, and there's no way around using it. Be warned.

Is it racist if a black boss calls his black employee nigger?

A federal jury in New York thinks so.

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Research News
5:53 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:12 pm

Patricia Greenfield has tracked families in Chiapas, Mexico, over four decades. Many were very poor when she started her study. Slowly, over time, they grew wealthier.

Along the way, Greenfield noticed something: As the people she followed grew richer, they became more individualistic. Community ties frayed and weakened.

Greenfield expanded her findings to form a more general theory about the effects that wealth has on people: "We become more individualistic, less family and community oriented."

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NPR Story
5:52 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Photos Capture 15 Years Of Work On San Francisco-Oakland Bridge

Laborers carrying cans of Grikote anti-corrosion paste on the south-side span catwalk in the fog, 2012. (Copyright © Joseph A. Blum)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

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NPR Story
5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Growing Support In Israel For U.S. Action On Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Abir Sultan/AP)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

As President Obama tries to convince Congress to approve punitive strikes on Syria’s government, Israeli leaders have stayed mostly quiet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.”

NPR’s Emily Harris joins us to talk about the growing support in Israel for U.S. military action.

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NPR Story
5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Detective's Daughters Recall 'Trailside Killer' Case

David Carpenter, also known as the Trailside Killer, in a 1976 prison photograph. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Laura Gaddini Xerogeanes and Janet Gaddini Cubley were in seventh and fifth grade, respectively, when their father Robert Gaddini began work on the Trailside Killer case.

The two recall that the the investigation took a terrible toll on their father, who died of cancer shortly after the killer was caught.

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NPR Story
5:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Author Mines True Tale Of California Serial Killer

Joyce Maynard's most recent book is the novel "After Her."

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 5:13 pm

Joyce Maynard’s new novel “After Her” is set in Marin County, California, in 1979. A serial killer is preying on young women hiking in and around Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco.

The novel (excerpt below) centers around Rachel and Patty, the daughters of the homicide detective in charge of finding the killer.

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