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4:05 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Illicit Drugs And Mental Illness Take A Huge Global Toll

A homeless man smokes crack in the Barrio Triste neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Mental disorders and substance abuse are the leading causes of nonfatal illness on the planet, according to an ambitious analysis of data from around the world.

A companion report, the first of its kind, documents the global impact of four illicit drugs: heroin and other opiates, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis. It calls illegal drugs "an important contributor to the global burden of disease."

The two papers are being published by The Lancet as part of a continuing project called the Global Burden of Disease.

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NPR Story
4:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

One Of The 'Little Rock Nine' Reflects On Her Legacy

Members of the Little Rock Nine are escorted into Central High School, in 1957. They were the first black children to attend the all-white school. (Wikipedia)

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:18 pm

Many of the people attending today’s commemoration of the March on Washington played roles big and small in the civil rights movement, from registering black voters in the South to helping to end school segregation.

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NPR Story
4:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

'I Have A Dream' Still Resonates With Today's Teens

High school sophomores Justin Morales, 14, Triston Childs, 15, Rachael Smith, 15, and Deja Brown, 14, watch Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. (Jenny Brundin/Colorado Public Radio)

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:18 pm

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. unleashed a powerful and poetic torrent upon the nation — a passionate plea for racial equality and economic justice for African Americans.

Fifty years later, the “I Have a Dream” speech still resonates with a group of teenagers at William Smith High School in Aurora, a racially and ethnically diverse city east of Denver.

They recently sat down with Colorado Public Radio education reporter Jenny Brundin to watch the speech, talk about it and share their own dreams.

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NPR Story
4:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Syria Fallout: Expect Volatile Gas Prices

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:18 pm

The U.S. stock market has seen the biggest sell-off since May last year, and overnight the wholesale price of gas jumped up 10 cents, a cost that may or may not be passed on to consumers at the pump.

Markets watcher Phil Flynn says the crisis in Syria is “not a positive” on the global economy.

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NPR Story
3:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Teen Victoria Duval Pulls Off Major Upset At U.S. Open

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

American teenager Victoria Duval pulled off a first round upset at the U.S. Open last night when she beat the 2011 tennis champ Samantha Stosur.

Media
3:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Kelly McEvers Reflects On Middle East Reporting As She Leaves Region

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Melissa Block has an exit interview with Kelly McEvers, who's ending a grueling years-long assignment in the Middle East that included coverage of Iraq, Syria and beyond. McEvers and her NPR colleague Deborah Amos, won four major awards in 2012 for coverage of the Syrian conflict.

Middle East
3:52 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Rep. Mike Rogers: Evidence Against Assad Is Convincing

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Republican Representative Mike J. Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, about his briefing on evidence regarding the chemical attack in Syria, and whether he still has questions about whether the Syrian government is responsible or not.

U.S.
3:41 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Transcript: Obama On The Legacy Of 1963 March On Washington

President Obama waves after speaking during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A transcript of President Obama's remarks on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, as released by the White House:

To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans.

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., has gotten dozens of House members to sign on to a letter demanding that President Obama ask for the official blessing of Congress before attacking Syria.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:44 pm

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted.

Opinions about Syria are all over the map, with many lawmakers saying the president cannot proceed without first getting authorization from Congress.

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Parallels
3:24 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Damascus Residents Stock Up As Attack Appears Imminent

Vehicles carrying Syria's national flag and playing songs in support of President Bashar Assad drive through the streets of Damascus on Wednesday.
Khaled Al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:37 pm

The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.

The likelihood of a U.S. strike against Syria seems to be setting in among the people of Damascus.

Just a couple of days ago, many residents seemed fairly blase. Now people are beginning to react with a mixture of patriotism, fear and dark humor. People are also starting to stock up on some nonperishable items.

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