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Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

npr.org — Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and was reportedly a sniper.

Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vents Ire At Climate Change

npr.org — Streets in New York City and other towns are being taken over by marchers Sunday in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history. The People's Climate March is timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit.
Sep 21, 2014

Politicians ignore climate change concerns at their peril: Global climate protests- n.pr/1mwUio7 pic.twitter.com/46vOlmKkKe"

Sep 21, 2014

RT @MorningEdition: Today's marches around the globe could mark the largest climate change protests to date: n.pr/1mwUio7 pic.twitter.com/WFO11s0FdI

Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

npr.org — Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.
Sep 21, 2014

Great story, bravo @R_Trotta Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words n.pr/1v6QdpU

Sep 21, 2014

Say less mean more? Explaining the universe's most complex concepts w 1000 simplest words #sciencejournalism #writing n.pr/1v5NhK3

Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border

npr.org — Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State militants. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Deb Amos from the border about the crisis.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @deborahamos: UN says wave of #Syrian Kurd refugees unprecedented. 100K now Via @nprnews: Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border n.pr/1v5NhKd

Sep 21, 2014

UN says wave of #Syrian Kurd refugees unprecedented. 100K now Via @nprnews: Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border n.pr/1v5NhKd

Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In Tijuana

npr.org — Fifteen years ago, two men from Tijuana came up with a new style of music called Nortec - a mix of norteno and techno. They called themselves Bostich and Fussible, but combined, they are the Nortec Collective. Over the years they have gathered multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @BorderAmy: Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In #Tijuana n.pr/1qiWPwD

Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

npr.org — Grammy-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack has a new album. NPR's Wade Goodwyn, a fellow Texan, speaks with her about The Way I'm Livin'.

Finding A Voice - Again - In The Pages Of A Comic Book

npr.org — This is a story about love. It's a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance - and comic books. But most of all, it's a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.
Sep 21, 2014

A very sweet story -> Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book n.pr/WcoHuX via @nprnews

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

npr.org — The place: Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. The diagnosis: fast-growing, small-cell lung cancer. The patient: Paula Faber, unrepentant, life-long smoker. The choice: treat it aggressively to extend life, but probably not cure the disease, or manage the pain and focus on the quality of life.
Sep 21, 2014

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized -- The Need To Revisit #Palliative Care via @nprnews n.pr/1wsUV29

Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World - And The Citrus Industry

npr.org — Marvel's latest superhero, Captain Citrus, draws his power from the sun and hails from a Florida orange grove. And here's his true origin story: He was developed by Marvel for Florida's citrus growers, who hope the hero will use his powers to help them sell more orange juice.
Sep 21, 2014

Nice shout out to Heroes Haven! Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry n.pr/1qiB7cm

Book Review: 'Bright Shards of Someplace Else' by Monica McFawn

npr.org — Bright Shards of Someplace Else is Monica McFawn's first collection of short stories, and it's already won this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Perhaps it was her idiosyncratic voice, or her flair for distinctive characters that the judges recognized. Or maybe it was her empathetic power.
Sep 21, 2014

I love reviewing first books, & short story collections, so excited by new Flannery O'Connor award winner by @mcfawn npr.org/2014/09/21/345…

Sep 21, 2014

Via @nprbooks: The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power n.pr/WbWsN2

When The U.S. Backs Rebels, It Doesn't Often Go As Planned

npr.org — As the U.S. steps up arms and training, Syria's "moderate" rebels are joining a long line of resistance movements the Americans have backed over the decades, from Angola to Afghanistan. The high-water mark was President Reagan's administration in the 1980s, when the U.S.
Sep 21, 2014

The US has often backed rebels with disappointing results. An excellent piece by my husband @gregmyre1. Follow him n.pr/1wsD3o4

Afghan Rivals Prepare To Sign Power-Sharing Agreement

npr.org — Afghanistan's disputed presidential election appears to be finally coming to a close. A spokesman for the current president, Hamid Karzai, says that the two rivals for the presidency have reached a power-sharing deal that will formally be signed on Sunday. The deal would create a national unity government and delegate limited powers to the loser of the election.