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  • Social Media Buzz: From SAE Fraternity To Curt Schilling

    March 9, 2015 4:33 PM 90

    The fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon said Sunday night that its University of Oklahoma chapter will close and its members will be suspended after a video apparently of members chanting a racist slur was posted online. (See the video here, but be warned it contains graphic language.) The frat house has been hit by vandals and police are now standing guard

  • Drought-Stricken California Communities Consider Desalination

    March 9, 2015 4:20 PM 171

    The Carlsbad desalination conveyance pipeline is a 10-mile, 54-inch water delivery pipeline that will travel eastward from the seawater desalination plant through Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos to the San Diego County Water Authority’s Second Aqueduct connection facility in San Marcos. (carlsbaddesal.com) As California heads into its fourth year of drought

  • Boko Haram Leader Vows Allegiance To ISIS Leader

    March 9, 2015 4:12 PM 97

    This weekend was a difficult one in Nigeria. The leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the group that kidnapped more than 200 school girls nearly a year ago, is now purportedly vowing to back the leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. That claim was made in a tweet over the weekend that has yet to be verified, but just hours later, Nigeria’s neighbors

  • The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

    March 9, 2015 1:34 PM 185

    What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team. For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti. Sarah Hagan has a passion for math, and the pi-shaped pendant to prove it. The 25-year-old

  • Anti-Smog Film Is Pulled In China; Protesters Reportedly Detained

    March 9, 2015 12:54 PM 157

    A woman wears a face mask on a hazy January day in downtown Shanghai. China has ordered a popular anti-pollution film removed from major online outlets. In Xi'an, two people who had protested against smog were reportedly detained. A human rights group says that police in China detained two people Monday for protesting the government's approach to air pollution

  • A Swiss Town, A Casino Fire And 'Smoke On The Water'

    March 9, 2015 12:00 AM 148

    The British rock band Deep Purple, shown here in 1971, wrote the hit song "Smoke on the Water," after watching the casino in Montreux, Switzerland, go up in flames later that year. The casino caught fire during a Frank Zappa concert. The lakeside Swiss town of Montreux was in the news this week as the host of nuclear talks between Iran and six world

  • Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Author Of 'Barefoot Dogs'

    March 8, 2015 10:27 PM 194

    Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's new book Barefoot Dogs is billed as a collection of short stories, but it could easily be called a novel. Each piece provides a perspective on one horrific event: the abduction of the patriarch of a wealthy Mexican family by a drug gang. Ruiz-Camacho left Mexico over a decade ago, but like the characters in his book, he is haunted

  • People With 'Invisible Disabilities' Fight For Understanding

    March 8, 2015 9:18 PM 174

    Carly Medosch has conditions that cause intense fatigue and chronic pain. She took part in a 2014 Stanford Medicine X conference that included discussion of "invisible" illnesses. Some disabilities are more obvious than others. Many are immediately apparent, especially if someone relies on a wheelchair or cane. But others — known as "invisible" disabilities

  • Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

    March 8, 2015 8:57 PM 163

    Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. And yesterday in Selma, President Obama praised the bravery of those who marched for voting rights on that day 50 years ago. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We gather here to celebrate them. We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary

  • Ken Jeong: Doctor By Day, Comedian By Night

    March 8, 2015 8:57 PM 182

    Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. We're collecting stories of triumph, big and small - moments when people make great leaps forward in their careers. We call it My Big Break. Here's one from back in April. Before actor and comedian Ken Jeong played Senor Chang in "Community"