4:54am

Wed July 27, 2011
School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis

Despite Interventions, No-Show Students Drop Out

Danny Lamont Jones, 16 (right), missed nearly two years of school, and relies on Rose Street Shelter and Zion Hunter for support.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

Fourth of a five-part series

In Baltimore, the vast majority of kids who never finish school drop out because of extreme poverty, homelessness and a drug epidemic that has left some neighborhoods desolate and dangerous.

In the toughest neighborhoods, kids miss lots of school days, and that puts them at risk of dropping out. Now, Baltimore's efforts are driven toward reaching these children early.

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4:42am

Wed July 27, 2011
Sports

Jesse Owens' Legacy, And Hitler's Oak Trees

Jesse Owens stands on the podium after winning the gold medal in the 100-meter sprint at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. With him are bronze medalist Martinus Osendarp of Holland and silver medalist Ralph Metcalf, also of the U.S.
Fox Photos Getty Images

U.S. track star Jesse Owens made history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics 75 years ago, when he destroyed Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy by winning four gold medals. But his feat also set in motion a decades-old mystery, about a unique gift Owens and other Olympic champions received from Hitler.

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4:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Politics

House GOP Reworking Debt Plan After Delay

Despite the prospect of U.S. debt default if an Aug. 2 deadline isn't met, lawmakers continue to wrangle over competing proposals to increase the debt limit and cut spending. The House is working on a plan put forward by Speaker John Boehner; awaiting a vote in the senate is Majority leader Harry Reid's rival plan.

4:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Politics

Debt Impasse Continues In Washington

Both Republicans and Democrats have their own plan to end the debt standoff. But neither party thinks a grand deal is in their interest.

4:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
NPR Story

McDonald's Tries Connecting With Moms

McDonald's is using social media and mom bloggers to reach people it considers to be "influencers." It's developing an invite-only community for the most influential bloggers — inviting them to behind-the-counter tours, visits to headquarters and trips to farms that supply the restaurant chain's food. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports.

2:48am

Wed July 27, 2011
Middle East

Revolutionary Spirit Returns To Egypt's Tahrir Square

Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square shout slogans against Egypt's military rulers on Sunday. Six months after political upheaval led President Hosni Mubarak to step down, activists say reform has stalled.
Amr Nabil AP

As the center of the political whirlwind that toppled President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, Cairo's Tahrir Square became synonymous with revolution in Egypt.

Now, the protesters have returned: Nearly three weeks ago, demonstrators unhappy with the pace of change in Egypt began camping out in the square, hoping to revive the spirit that shook the country six months ago.

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1:32am

Wed July 27, 2011
Interviews

Bill Daley: Lawmakers See Perils Of Debt Inaction

NPR's Steve Inskeep sat down Tuesday with Bill Daley, President Obama's chief of staff, and asked him about the president's address on cutting the deficit and raising the debt ceiling. The following is the transcript of the interview:

Steve Inskeep: Why does the president seem to be advocating this week for a bill that doesn't exist, that's not being considered in either the Senate or the House?

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11:10pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Sweetness And Light

When Owens Beat Hitler, And The Olympics Changed

Jesse Owens crosses the finish line in Berlin to win the 100-meter sprint, one of four events in which Owens won gold medals at the 1936 Olympics.
Keystone Getty Images

While of course nothing can approach the horror of the terrorist murders at the 1972 Olympics, it is now the 75th anniversary of what were surely the most fascinating and historically influential Games –– those in Berlin that began at this very time in the summer of '36. It was novelty, and glory, and evil — all in athletic conjunction as never before or since.

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7:52pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Statehouse News

Registering Homeless Voters

Secretary of State Elaine Walker with State Election Officials Tuesday at a legislative hearing.
Stu Johnson Weku

Some county clerks say the current system for registering homeless voters is fraught with peril. When a homeless person registers to vote, Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown says something as simple as assigning a poling place becomes complicated.

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7:16pm

Tue July 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Georgia Mother Seeks To Clear Name After Convictions Relating To Son's Death

Raquel Nelson, 30, is opting for a new trial on charges relating to the 2010 death of her 4-year-old son, who died in a hit-and-run collision as the family tried to cross a Cobb County, Georgia, road.

Nelson was convicted of vehicular homicide and other charges for not using a crosswalk. The convictions carried the possibility of jail time. At the sentencing Tuesday, Judge Kathryn Tanksley gave Nelson probation, community service and the chance to opt for a new trial.

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