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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
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Katrina, Two Years Later

Sep 1, 2007 — In New Orleans, an encounter with a lawyer whose parents barely escaped Germany before the Holocaust offers insight on why it's hard "to leave the place you've called home."
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Sep 1, 2007 — When Hurricane Katrina swept into New Orleans, accurate information was often the rarest commodity. As water inundated New Orleans, the city's dominant paper, The Times-Picayune, found its true calling.
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Aug 31, 2007 — Last year, New Orleans' public schools were beset by woes: rock-bottom test scores, and a shortage of teachers and schools. Now, many are counting on Paul Vallas, the new superintendent who turned around Chicago's and Philadelphia's schools, to work his magic.
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Aug 31, 2007 — Of the 3,000 or so musicians who have returned to New Orleans, only half say they are doing well. With many venues still closed or gone for good, there are far fewer opportunities. Yet the city remains a unique place for budding performers.
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Aug 30, 2007 — In New Orleans, violent crime is back in full force: The city's murder rate averages out to roughly a killing every other day. Meanwhile, the city's police still work without some basic tools of the job, under conditions unfathomable in any other major U.S. city.
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Aug 28, 2007 — Matt Roberts moved to New Orleans last year to teach. He wanted to make a difference as a teacher in the city's troubled public schools. But now he has decided to quit. He explains why in this commentary.
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Aug 29, 2007 — Signs of revitalization abound in New Orleans these days, but serious issues linger. Two years after Katrina, New Orleans is doing its best to lure businesses to the city, but the city's image problems are still scaring many people away.
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Aug 29, 2007 — Two years after Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents need mental health care, but there are few resources and almost no psychiatric beds. With nowhere to turn, people in the city have been forced to take drastic steps.
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Aug 29, 2007 — President Bush is marking Hurricane Katrina's devastating blow by celebrating those he says have "dedicated their lives to the renewal of New Orleans." With the region far from its former self after two years, some here think it's the president's dedication that should be in the spotlight.
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Aug 29, 2007 — Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore emerged as one of the heroes of New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a special Wisdom Watch, marking the anniversary of the storm, Honore discusses the passion behind his service and how the affected him personally.
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