Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 10:04 am
It is autumn, and where I live the leaves are peaking; there is a riot of them everywhere, narrow ones, broad ones, droopy ones, crunchy ones. Leaves come in so many shapes, hues, textures — the closer you look, the more differences you see. Botanists have names for every leaf type, and clumped together, says writer Robert Dunn, they sound like free verse poetry ...
Coyotes have moved into the Boston suburb of Belmont, Mass. The Boston Globe says they've lost their fear of humans because people feed them. So, Belmont is training volunteers for coyote hazing. Their job is to harass coyotes — shouting at them, throwing objects their way, even squirting them with water hoses.
Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
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Raymond Souza carries away a ladder after boarding up a gift shop on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Del. President Obama and Gov. Romney have cancelled campaign events on Monday in anticipation of the superstorm.
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Rough surf breaks over the beach in Cape May, N.J.
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Washington, D.C. is bracing for heavy rains and high winds as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
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Terry Robinson checks on his flooded trailer at an RV park in Kitty Hawk, N.C. as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on Monday.
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Peter Cusack, center, and Mel Bermudez walk their dogs along the Brooklyn waterfront as Hurricane Sandy advances on New York City. The storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets.
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Al Daisey walks in the flood water in front of his home in Fenwick Island, Del.
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A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy as it approaches the East Coast at 10:40 a.m. on Monday.
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The closed New York Stock Exchange is barricaded with sand bags on Monday. The core of Sandy's force is supposed to hit the New York area Monday night.
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Key West, Florida has seen its share of hurricanes. But as Sandy passed well to the east, residents of the island completed their annual Fantasy Fest. The theme was A-Conch-Alypse, you know, the apocalypse but with conch shells. A parade included floats with alien invaders and a post-apocalyptic zombie ghost town. One float featured a zombie presidential election with advocates for zombie care and a candidate named Eaton D. Brains. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
Please take a chance if you can and send condolences to NPR's Don Gonyea, one of the nation's more prominent Tigers fans. The San Francisco Giants are the World Series champions, completing a four-game sweep last night and beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings. Few people expected a sweep, but then again the Giants were a surprise team this baseball season. NPR's Mike Pesca reports that the San Francisco's pitching and defense dominated this series.
MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Baseball, it's a strange game. It's a quirky game.
Political commentators will be working overtime in the countdown to the presidential election. So will political comedians, including the candidates' impersonators.
Impersonators have been part of the political landscape for so long, it's hard to imagine a time without them: Rich Little, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey and other comedians have all famously done their turns as candidates. Remember "I can see Russia from my house"?