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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Nov 16, 2013 — The little caped crusader has won many hearts. Five-year-old Miles Scott, a.k.a. Batkid, has battled leukemia and archcriminals. Fans continue to marvel at the feel-good time that was had in San Francisco as he got his wish.
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Nov 15, 2013 — Friday was a busy day in the crime-fighting world. As a superhero might say, you never know when a dastardly plot will emerge. And sometimes you're outnumbered. But not in Gotham, and not today — because an entire city seemed to stand with a 5-year-old boy whose wish to be a superhero has been granted.
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Nov 18, 2012 — In Scotland, a guy was "on the loo" one day when he wondered what it would be like to dress us as a giraffe and then go around performing random acts of kindness. Six months later, he's something of a national sensation.
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Oct 11, 2011 — The 23-year-old Jones (real name Benjamin John Francis Fodor) was arrested by Seattle police early Sunday, after he allegedly doused some people with pepper spray. He says he was breaking up a fight.
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Jun 20, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, how to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, and the opinion page looks at how Len Bias' death changed the way Americans think about drugs. In the second hour, the author of Manana Forever, and the summer of superhero movies.
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Mar 21, 2011 — The creators of the blog Law and the Multiverse explore the legal issues of the superhero set. They say their dip into the world of fantasy can offer some real-world lessons.
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