Marine Lance CPL. Andrew Zemore, 23, from Fredericksburg, Va., is a self-described troublemaker who liked to party too much. Zemore said he fell into the Marine Corps and now is on a Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team where he searches out bombs with a hand-held metal detector.
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A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. In the series Who Serves, NPR looks at the soldiers that made a decision few others today have — to fight in America's wars.
Private First Class Dave Kroha from Cromwell, Conn. is a lanky 23-year-old stuffed into the back of an armored vehicle that rumbles along a dusty road in Afghanistan. His wire-rimmed glasses are held together by tape.
While campaigning for president in 2007, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, drove a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the Iowa State Fair.
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Everybody knows that Iowa is the corn-growing capital of America. Agriculture is king.
And that means a top item on your campaign itinerary has to be the annual Iowa State Fair.
Some will check out the hog-calling contest. Then, they'll hit the midway and try out the fairgrounds delicacies — something deep-fried and served on a stick. And they'll drop by a booth run by the Des Moines Register, where they'll stand among the bales of hay and make a short, impromptu speech, as Hillary Clinton did four years ago:
Two Girl Scouts want the organization to stop using palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies. They've started a petition and gathered 67,000 signatures.
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A lot of adult environmentalists have been trying for years to focus attention on tropical rain forests in southeast Asia, but it took two teenagers to get the issue on the front page of a national newspaper and on the network news.
Four years ago, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva started studying orangutans for a Girl Scouts project. What they learned inspired them to start a campaign to raise awareness of the damage that palm plantations are causing the great apes.
Aug. 2: the day of debt reckoning. According to President Obama, the U.S. will default on its obligations that day if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. With this debt-ocalypse just under a month away, one begins to think about what would happen if Americans wake up that morning to find Congress still deadlocked.
Annie Lowrey, business reporter for Slate, imagines a worst-case scenario.
Lee Todd at his desk after turning off his computer for the last time as president
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A new era begins this week at the University of Kentucky. President Lee Todd, who served as UK president for a decade, has cleaned out his office and went into retirement.
Lee Todd brought his engineering background to the office of president at UK. Throughout his tenure Todd urged college researchers to branch out into the private sector and involve themselves in start-up firms. Todd also argued a key ingredient to such economic growth is graduating students with more proficiency in math and science. Todd says progress depends on training better math and science teachers who have with better classroom skills.
The economy is still on the road to recovery, but CEOs seem to be doing just fine. A new study reveals the median pay for a CEO at a top-200 company last year was $10.8 million, up 23 percent in just a year. P.J. Joshi of The New York Times discusses why CEOs get the ever-bigger bucks while most workers are barely staying even.
A piece of street art known as "Tantawi's underwear" mocks Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads the ruling transitional military council.
The revolution will be marketed!
Egyptian companies and multi-nationals are now using images of and references to the youth-led uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in advertisements to sell internet service, mobile phones, soft drinks, tourism and more.
The marketing has sparked something of a backlash among young Egyptians and has contributed to a rise in politicized street art and graffiti. Some street artists hope to reclaim the message in the streets by breaking the taboo of criticizing Egypt's military rulers.
The Pacific Northwest is suffering from too much of a good thing — electricity. It was a snowy winter and a wet spring, and there's lots of water behind the dams on the Columbia River, creating an oversupply of hydropower. As a result, the region's new wind farms are being ordered to throttle back — and they're not happy.