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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Characters in literature

Sep 28, 2006 — Author J. M. DeMatteis and illustrator Mike Ploog are the creators of a series of graphic novels called Abadazad. The books concern a modern-day girl who discovers a 19th century novel and the elderly woman who had been the inspiration for those stories. It's a dark tale, something the authors thought was important to do — the heroine is cool and tough enough to make her palatable even to little boys. Michele Norris talks to DeMatteis and Ploog.
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Jul 11, 2006 — There are some books that are so good that you just can't get on with your life until you've turned the last page. Nancy Pearl offers books that make it tempting to call in sick just to be able to read to the end without stopping.
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Dec 5, 2005 — "Elements of magic and familiar folktales combine to create a memorable and sometimes surprising fantasy as well as a clever literary tale," writes children's librarian Maria Salvadore in her roundup of the best books for kids this holiday season.
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Nov 21, 2005 — Long after the remote control car dies and the talking dolls stops working, children will return to the books loved adults give them. Children's librarian Maria Salvadore shares her favorites from 2005. A printable list and excerpts are featured.
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Jun 14, 2005 — Author Jon Scieszka is intent on producing books that are an antidote to the dusty titles that populate summer reading lists. Here, kid-lit characters come to life when a summer reading list from school is accidentally put inside a magic book.
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Jun 14, 2005 — In this summer book pick for kids, a boy grows tired of his apprenticeship to a magician which seems to consist mainly of polishing wands and washing rabbits.
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