Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is in the Hague to face war crimes charges. He was captured last week and a Serbian court rejected an appeal to delay his transfer. For some insight on Mladic, Mary Louie Kelly talks to veteran U.S. diplomat Christopher Hill.
Jury selection has been postponed until next week in Delaware for the criminal trial of Earl Bradley. The former pediatrician is accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 children he treated over a 10-year period. That's left parents and others in the small town of Lewes wondering why it took authorities so long to intervene.
The government of Bahrain today is expected to lift a state of emergency that was declared at the height of the anti-government protests in March. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the situation in Bahrain.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep reports from Pakistan on the death of another prominent Pakistani journalist. Saleem Shazhad, who had been critical of the government, had been tortured. Inskeep also talks to Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi about attitudes in Pakistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Osama bin Laden's death has put more pressure on the United States' strategic partnership with Pakistan, and its ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Thomas Barnett, chief analyst of Wikistrat, an online community for global strategists, tells Renee Montagne that the U.S. relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan aren't worth the effort.
<strong>When Words Go Wild:</strong> Nathan J. Marcisz of Marion, Ind., thinks about an answer during last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. Contestants often stumble over foreignisms that have silent vowels or odd roots, says Ben Zimmer.
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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way outside Washington, D.C., and over the next few days, 275 kids from ages 8 to 15 will put their spelling skills to the test.
"These kids are spending sometimes a few hours a day going through word lists" to learn the most difficult words in English, linguist Ben Zimmer tells NPR's Renee Montagne. "Very often, they are coming from immigrant families that really prize learning English as part of becoming assimilated into American culture. So, my hat's off to all of these young spellers."
Engineers and workers at Tiara Yachts have found similarities between building boats and making wind turbines like this one.
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The recession forced many small manufacturers to adapt to survive, especially in the industrial Midwest. In Michigan, a yacht-building company started a new venture in the wind-energy industry to keep its factory open.
In 2005 and 2006, Tiara Yachts was operating at full capacity, turning out about 400 yachts per year, with most of them going for around $1 million each. To keep up with demand, the company nearly doubled its manufacturing space in Holland, Mich.
Barrio La Victoria Ciudad Delgado in San Salvador, El Salvador, is controlled by the Mara Salvatrucha gang. A gang leader says he sees the group as a social organization — one that provides services, like water, and protects "civilians."