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8:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
News

Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 2:25 pm

Pam Champion (second from right) and Robert Champion Sr. (right), parents of Robert Champion Jr., listen as the guilty verdict against Dante Martin is read in an Orlando courtroom on Friday.
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A jury has rejected a defense argument that beatings of Florida A&M University band members were a band tradition. The panel found a former member of marching band guilty of felony hazing and manslaughter in one such beating.

Dante Martin is now looking at a possible sentence of up to 22 years in prison for his role in the death of Robert Champion. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Called "The Example" by band colleagues, Champion was an accomplished clarinetist, drum major and leader of the "Marching 100."

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8:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
Around the Nation

At This Museum, Falling Back An Hour Takes The Whole Weekend

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 2:25 pm

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1:57pm

Sat October 25, 2014
It's All Politics

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 11:43 am

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
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7:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Global Health

Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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7:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Sports

Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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Now why don't we turn to sports?

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7:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Music Interviews

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 11:57 am

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12:01pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Author Interviews

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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8:42am

Sat October 18, 2014
Simon Says

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Sports

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

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BJ Leiderman writes our theme music. Want to hear it?

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Economy

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Asia

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. This story air originally on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 10, 2014.

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2:20pm

Sat October 11, 2014
NPR Story

North Korean Leader, Out Of Sight For Weeks

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11:46am

Sat October 11, 2014
Politics

A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform in Washington, D.C., in April. Kobach's challenger, Democrat Jean Schodorf, promises to stay closer to Kansas.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

If you saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach meeting with half a dozen supporters in an Kansas bar recently, you might think that he hadn't come all that far from his childhood in Topeka, where his dad owned a Buick dealership.

But this smiling, enthusiastic guy holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and he's a national stalwart of the anti-immigration movement.

"I have been involved in restoring the rule of law in immigration," he says. "That means trying to stop the lawlessness in the Obama administration, and that also means defending states like Arizona."

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9:59am

Sat October 11, 2014
Environment

Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:10 pm

Millennials seem to prioritize the environment, but may want to dissociate from the "treehugger" baggage of the term "environmentalist."
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This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Young people have been the life blood of the environmental movement for decades. There could be trouble on the horizon though, and it all comes down to semantics.

To explain, it's helpful to use the example of Lisa Curtis, a 26-year-old from Oakland, California.

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7:42am

Sat October 11, 2014
Sports

Lots Of Baseball And A Little Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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