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Sweetness And Light
7:49 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 7, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:13 am

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA after he made racist comments.

Sports bans aren't new.

In 1990, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was banned from day-to-day management of the club by Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.

Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993.

Sterling is 80. He comes from another time and is not only the senior NBA owner –– since 1981 –– but also, although probably this won't surprise you, historically the very worst owner in all of sport.

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All Tech Considered
6:50 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

The Golden Goose will retail for around $24.
Courtesy Y Line Product Design

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:08 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit with this form.

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Around the Nation
6:49 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Cannabis Industry Sponsors Colorado Symphony Shows

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Hip-hop stars can go ahead and drink their Cristal. The Colorado Symphony doesn't care, because the orchestra has pot. The symphony is planning shows sponsored by the cannabis industry. They're seen as way to reach a younger, more diverse audience. Marijuana is now legal in Colorado, although the concerts will be BYOC. It will not be for sale at the concession stand. The concerts are to be known, of course, as Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.

NPR Story
5:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Fans Rally Outside Staples Center To Support Clippers

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:05 pm

LA Clippers fans have always supported their team, if not its owner Donald Sterling. We check in with people outside the Staples Center, where the Clippers played Golden State in the NBA playoffs.

NPR Story
5:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

White House Warns Highway Trust Fund Is Low On Funds

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Obama administration has sent Congress a $302 billion measure to fund highway and other infrastructure. The White House contends that unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this summer.

Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The Obama administration proposes closing some corporate tax loopholes to augment money raised by the gas tax. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also wants to give states the authority to put new tolls on interstate highways.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:22 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the U.S. may soon be a big exporter of natural gas. Some say that would boost America's economy and its strength on the world stage. But there are also worries that environmental risks presented by this new industry are not being taken seriously enough. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Right now the U.S. doesn't export natural gas overseas but companies are eager to convert existing import terminals to export instead in places like Lusby, Maryland, where Sue and Dale Allison live.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

What Is Plan B For Mideast Peace Negotations?

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:22 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Yesterday was the last day for Israeli and Palestinian officials to try to work out a peace agreement, the end of a nine month period they'd given themselves to do that. They did not succeed and now there are a lot of different ideas for what Plan B should look like. NPR's Emily Harris reports.

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Around the Nation
7:31 am
Tue April 29, 2014

FootGolf Catching On Across The Nation

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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Around the Nation
7:31 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Richard Gere Plays Homeless Man Convincingly

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Here's a story that might get Richard Gere some Oscar buzz. He plays a homeless man in an upcoming movie so convincingly that he fooled a French tourist in New York. Karim Gumbo(ph) saw a straggly man digging through trash near Grand Central Station. She offered him some pizza. The 64-year-old actor accepted. Gumbo didn't realize who it was until a few days later when she saw a photo in the newspaper of her with Richard Gere, whom she described as, quote, very handsome even at his age.

Europe
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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Around the Nation
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Kansas Town Destroyed By Tornado Spreads Blame For Lack Of Growth

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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Television
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:07 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A new documentary explores the life and death of Ruben Salazar. He was a journalist. He's considered one of the founders of the modern Chicano movement and by many a martyr. He was killed in 1970 while covering an anti-war demonstration in East Los Angeles. He was shot with a tear gas canister. His death added to the urgency for Mexican-American civil rights in Southern California.

A documentary on his life airs tonight on PBS and Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch Team has more.

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Around the Nation
7:14 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Old Atari Games Found In N.M. Landfill

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. The movie "E.T." was a smash hit in the '80s; not so for the video game based on the film. You might say the creators at Atari phoned it in. They rushed it to market. People playing the game found it so bad it was as if aliens had created it. It's been rumored Atari dumped truckloads of unused game cartridges in a landfill in New Mexico.

Around the Nation
7:06 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Students Met Their Goal So Teacher Has To Deliver

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:22 am

A 4th grade teacher in Wichita, Kan., challenged her students to do their homework for 100 straight days. Mission accomplished — now she has to dye her hair orange and come to class in a prom dress.

Business
6:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Hersman: Growing North American Oil Industry Tests Rail Safety

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board left office on Friday and on her final day she sat down with us to talk about a longstanding concern. Deborah Hersman says the growing North American oil industry is leading to a railroad safety problem.

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Race
6:47 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Clippers Distances Themselves From Racist Comments

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

David Greene talks to ESPN's Peter Keating about racist remarks allegedly made by Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers. The NBA is investigating the authenticity of the recording.

NPR Story
5:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Mass Trial In Egypt Sentences 683 To Death

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

More than 680 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president have been sentenced to death for acts of violence last August. Included was the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader.

NPR Story
5:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Conservatives Yet To Rally Around Obamacare Replacement

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:18 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Here at home, President Obama has repeatedly criticized House Republicans for voting to repeal his health care law without offering a replacement.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: They have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who'd be denied coverage again.

GREENE: Republicans have promised an alternative but have yet to release it. And that left one Republican lawmakers on the defensive during a town hall meeting in Florida.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

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NPR Story
5:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Russia Faces Further Sanction Over Its Actions In Ukraine

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

U.S. and European Union officials are meeting to impose more sanctions on Russia. At the same time, pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine continue to hold a group of European military observers.

NPR Story
5:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Burger King Revives Subservient Chicken

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Which now brings us to today's last word in business, which is Subservient Chicken.

Maybe you remember a 2004 Burger King ad campaign that featured a website where a giant chicken in a nondescript living room would perform almost any task requested of it by Web users. Burger King claims the site got over a billion hits and some ad watchers credit the Subservient Chicken with the start of viral marketing.

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NPR Story
5:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Stronger Patent Protections Sought In Pacific Rim Trade Pact

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 12:29 pm

President Obama landed in the Philippines on Monday for the last stop on his eight-day tour through Asia.

Much of the trip has focused on a free-trade deal being negotiated by a dozen countries along the Pacific Rim. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would establish standards on everything from intellectual property to labor.

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Europe
6:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Poll: Commonly Misheard Song Lyrics

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:09 am

A poll in Britain says the No. 1 misheard lyric is Abba's "Dancing Queen." Instead of diggin' the dancing queen, many people hear it as kicking the dancing queen.

Around the Nation
6:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Calif. Politician Disputes Misdemeanor Charges

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

A California politician is defending himself against misdemeanor charges. But his defense is nearly as awkward as the charge. Santa Rosa Supervisor Efren Carrillo is accused of being a peeping Tom. Mr. Carrillo admits that, yes, he made a late night visit to a neighbor. And yes, it's true he was wearing only socks and underwear at the time. But he says he was not looking in windows. The supervisor says he was merely drunk.

Middle East
5:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Israel Suspends Peace Talks After Palestinians Reach Unity Deal

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's talk about a busy week of news in the Middle East. Israel has now broken off peace talks with the Palestinians. These talks were already in a stalemate. This latest decision comes in response to internal Palestinian politics. This week two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to end a seven-year split and form a coalition government. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, as well as the United States and the European Union.

For more we turn to NPR's Emily Harris in Jerusalem. Emily, good morning.

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Middle East
5:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Syria Is On Track To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 8:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is about as close as we're going to get to good news out of Syria. The country is on track, we're told, to meet a deadline to give up its chemical weapons arsenal. The most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile are supposed to be removed by Sunday, yet Syria now faces suspicion that it's using less toxic chemicals, possibly chlorine. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.

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