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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Unravels Despite Planning

An armed police officer in Ferguson, Mo. stands guard among violent protests after the Monday night announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of a black 18-year-old.
David Goldman ASSOCIATED PRESS

For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury's decision. But any results of that effort quickly vanished as buildings burned and stores were looted.

Many activists who attended the community meetings with local officials blamed both police and the county attorney's office for fueling the unrest. They question the decision to announce the grand jury's findings at night and without warning.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Psychic Effects Of Seeing Police Everywhere In Ferguson

A police officer guards a closed street where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

After a night of unrest and violence, police are posted at every intersection in Ferguson, Mo. National Guard troops man camouflaged Humvees in strip mall parking lots. The governor ordered more. Is it making the community feel safer?

One thing's for sure: It's keeping people from moving about as they normally would during this holiday week.

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Around the Nation
2:41 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

Affordable housing condo buyer Marilyn Phillips says she had to jump many hoops before purchasing her new unit in D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood.
Courtesy of Manna Inc.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:55 pm

In Washington, D.C., a city with one of the highest costs of living in the nation, low-income residents are having trouble buying affordable housing — not because of a lack of it, but because of all the red tape.

Nearly one in five D.C. residents lives at or below the poverty line.

D.C. real estate developer Buwa Binitie offers affordable housing units as well as market rate condos and says his rental properties can get snapped up quickly but the for-sale properties take a whole lot longer.

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Law
2:40 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Michael Brown Case Puts Attention On Grand Jury

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Missouri Governor Adds 'Significantly' To National Guard In Ferguson

"The violence we saw in the areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting last night.

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Law
2:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Documents Focus On 90 Key Seconds

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Pop Culture
2:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lions, Pianos And Boomboxes, Oh My: Movie Artifacts Hit The Auction Block

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Goats and Soda
2:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 In A Cowshed

Aansoo Kohli is running a makeshift class in a cowshed for children who have no access to school.
Abdul Sattar for NPR

Every day, shortly after breakfast, more than 150 noisy and eager-eyed kids, coated in dust from top to toe, troop into a mud cowshed in a sun-baked village among the cotton fields of southern Pakistan. The shed is no larger than the average American garage; the boys and girls squeeze together, knee-to-knee, on the dirt floor.

Words scrawled on a wooden plank hanging outside proudly proclaim this hovel to be a "school," although the pupils have no tables, chairs, shelves, maps or wall charts — let alone laptops, water coolers or lunch boxes.

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Shots - Health News
2:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

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As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.

Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued in early November.

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NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not.

President Barack Obama instructs guests on signing a digital pledge as he hosts 'ConnectED to the Future', in the East Room of the White House.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Politicians from Jeb Bush to President Obama like to hype the revolutionary power and cost-effectiveness of digital learning, but a new study suggests, in many cases, it is neither more powerful nor cheaper than old-fashioned teaching.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles: No Decision Yet On Wilson's Job

Police officer Darren Wilson's "current employment status has not changed," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says, speaking one day after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Saying that an internal affairs investigation into the August incident in which Wilson shot Brown to death is continuing, Knowles added that he couldn't go into more specifics than to say Wilson remains on administrative leave.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Documents: The Physical Evidence

This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday shows Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:53 pm

We've already touched on Officer Darren Wilson's testimony and that of the dozens of people who testified as witnesses in front of the grand jury in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Now let's look at some of the physical evidence:

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Florida Woman In 'Stand Your Ground' Case Accepts Plea Deal

Lawyer Bruce Zimet comforts Marissa Alexander during a hearing Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bruce Lipsky AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:23 pm

A Florida woman who once had been sentenced to 20 years in a case that invoked the state's "stand your ground" law has accepted a plea deal that will see her released from prison in January.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., was accused of firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and two of his children during a domestic dispute in 2010. She was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, convicted and sentenced under Florida's mandatory minimum guidelines.

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Parallels
1:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

An Iraqi child, whose family fled from Islamic State violence in the northern city of Mosul, stands outside a tent that serves as a school in the southern city of Najaf on Sunday. Some 2 million Iraqis have been driven from their homes by fighting this year.
Alaa Al-Marjani Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:43 pm

The shrine of Imam Ali in the Iraqi city of Najaf is a vast gold-domed edifice, where Shiite Muslims from all over the world gather to pray.

But just a few minutes drive away, are travelers of a different, shabbier kind. A long row of cinderblock and sheet metal buildings is draped in bright flags with religious slogans. Usually, these are for pilgrims to sleep in. But right now, they're spilling over with displaced Iraqi families.

"It's tough for the children," says Zaira Raqib, a mother of four of them. "We know we're displaced, but they don't understand."

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NPR Story
12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Another Look At The Film Version Of Lois Lowry's 'The Giver'

The movie adaptation of “The Giver” is released on DVD today. The beloved young adult book by Lois Lowry is the story of a seemingly utopian society where there is no suffering, no pain and no hunger.

But there is also no love or individual freedom, no color, no emotion. Everything and everyone is the same. In this world, only one man holds all the memories and emotions of the past. The book follows a young boy named Jonas, who is chosen to become the next person to receive those memories.

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NPR Story
12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

St. Louis Radio Personality Responds To Ferguson Decision

After the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown rocked the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., hip hop radio personality Jowcol “Boogie D” Dolby turned off the music and opened the phone lines to the people of Ferguson.

Here & Now spoke with Dolby back in August, and now, months later, host Jeremy Hobson checked back in at Dolby’s studio to ask him about how the community is reacting to news of a grand jury’s decision not indict the police officer responsible for the shooting.

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NPR Story
12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

What New FDA Calorie Labeling Rules Mean For Businesses

A McDonald's restaurant sign lists calorie counts July 18, 2008 in New York City. (Chris Hondros/AFP/Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration announced new rules today that will require various businesses that sell food to post calorie counts on their menus.

The rules encompass chain restaurants, amusement parks, convenience stores and movie theaters, among other businesses, and have been lauded by public health officials.

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Shots - Health News
12:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

Does this little guy look familiar? Clean up his feces in your yard to avoid infection from his parasites.
iStockphoto

The masked garbage crusaders of the night can be more than just a nuisance. Raccoons also can be bad news for human health, carrying diseases such as rabies and roundworms.

And because raccoons have happily colonized cities and suburbs, a particular roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis that the critters often carry can make its way into humans. The parasite's eggs are carried in raccoon poop.

When ingested, the eggs release the worm, which can burrow into the eyes and brain causing blindness or even death, in rare cases.

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Music
12:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Four Holiday Goodies, Including 'Christmas At Downton Abbey'

In the record industry, it's not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them. He's narrowed down his list of goodies to these four: A Merry Friggin' Christmas soundtrack, Christmas at Downton Abby, Earth Wind and Fire's Holiday and the Living Sisters' Harmony is Real.

Shots - Health News
11:16 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

A pharmacist pours Truvada pills, an HIV treatment, back into the bottle at Jack's Pharmacy in San Anselmo, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:52 pm

About two-thirds of Americans who are infected with the virus that causes AIDS aren't getting treated for it.

The finding comes from an analysis just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more needs to be done to make sure people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus get proper treatment.

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Shots - Health News
9:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:32 pm

You might wonder why 48 million Americans get food poisoning every year, yet there are some animals that seem to be immune from even the nastiest germs.

We're talking here about vultures, which feast on rotting flesh that is chockablock with bacteria that would be deadly to human beings. In fact, vultures have a strong preference for that kind of food.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:06 pm

Leading up to a grand jury's decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, witness testimony has been hotly debated.

The big question has always been whether Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up when Wilson opened fire. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch hinted last night that some of the more believable testimony showed that Brown was charging officer Wilson.

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It's All Politics
8:02 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Mo., in August, where he met with elected and police officials and community members.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:48 am

Attorney General Eric Holder says "far more must be done to create enduring trust" between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.

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Secret Lives Of Teachers
5:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

Chris Pearce/Teaching Comics

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:13 am

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It's a typical day at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio. For review, Chris Pearce asks his English class to name the parts of speech.

"Pronoun!' one student responds.
"Proverb! That's one, right?" says another.
"Proverb?"

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Around the Nation
5:01 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Piano In 'Casablanca' Sells For $3.4 Million

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with news from "Casablanca."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CASABLANCA")

INGRID BERGMAN: (As Isla) Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.

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Europe
5:01 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Hotel Looking For Guests With Social Media Clout

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:02 am

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Documents: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

This photo, provided by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office, shows Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson shortly after his encounter with Michael Brown. A grand jury declined Monday to charge Wilson with killing 18-year-old Brown.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:48 am

Update at 9:00 a.m.

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, told a grand jury in September that the 18-year-old hit him in the face with a fist following an exchange between them on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

The grand jury on Monday declined to charge Wilson, who is white, in the killing of Brown, who was black.

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The Two-Way
4:08 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Brown Family Attorney Condemns Grand Jury's Decision In Fatal Shooting

Protesters occupy an intersection outside the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters on Tuesday in Clayton, Mo., in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:54 pm

Updated at 1:00 p.m.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, said they had expected Monday's outcome in which a grand jury declined to charge the officer in the fatal shooting.

"We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference in St. Louis Tuesday.

He said the fact that Wilson was not indicted shows the system is broken.

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Testimony Made Public

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 8:57 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 6:02 am

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