10:55am

Wed May 9, 2012
Science

Memphis 'Fly Boys' Soar Into Rocketry Finals

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 12:18 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we want to turn to a high school competition that is taking off this weekend, and no, we are not talking football or cheerleading. This is the finals of the nation's largest rocketry tournament. One hundred teens will gather for the Team America Rocketry Challenge this weekend in Washington, D.C.

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10:55am

Wed May 9, 2012
Election 2012

What Do Tuesday Night's Brawls Mean For November?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 12:18 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, there's a new report from a top U.N. official that looks at living conditions of Native Americans in this country. We'll hear from that official in just a few minutes. But first we turn to domestic politics. The general election is still months away but on Tuesday voters around the country cast ballots that could have a national impact.

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10:51am

Wed May 9, 2012
Around the Nation

UN Explores Native American Rights In US

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 12:18 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, as a child, did you ever build a rocket? Well, how about one that can take two raw eggs 800 feet up and bring them back safely again? That's exactly what students from Memphis' Wooddale High School managed to do, and now they're competing in a national competition this weekend. We'll hear their inspiring story in just a few minutes.

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10:44am

Wed May 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:54 pm

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the author of three books on Islam, including What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a leading moderate Muslim leader in the U.S., was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In late 2010, a debate over the location of the community center, now called the Cordoba House, became a contentious issue during the midterm elections.

During the debate, Rauf was called a "radical Muslim" and a "militant Islamist" by critics of the proposed community center. He was accused of sympathizing with the Sept. 11 hijackers and having connections to Hamas.

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10:37am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Why Chen's Blindness Is 'The Central Fact' Of The Chinese Activist's Life

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:38 am

Chen Guangcheng, in an undated photo.
AFP/Getty Images

For two weeks now, the world has been following the story of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. And in nearly all reports, the phrase "blind activist" is used at least once.

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10:09am

Wed May 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Life Without Lugar: Democrats See An Opportunity In Indiana

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:40 am

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock makes a victory speech Tuesday in Indianapolis, after defeating Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.
AJ Mast AP

Six years ago, Indiana Democrats didn't bother fielding a candidate against Sen. Richard Lugar. But with his loss in Tuesday's Republican primary, they think they have a real chance to take Lugar's seat.

Democrats argue that the new GOP nominee, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will prove too conservative even for the Republican-leaning state.

"There's a lot of animus here because of the way Mourdock has campaigned," says Ann DeLaney, a former Indiana Democratic Party official.

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9:29am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Josh Hamilton's Remarkable Story Continues: Four Home Runs In One Game

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:14 am

There goes No. 2: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers as he hit the second of his four home runs Tuesday night in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Mitchell Layton Getty Images

It's incredible enough that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game Tuesday night — something that's only been done by 15 other major league players.

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8:54am

Wed May 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Shopping Bags Can Also Carry Stomach Flu Virus

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 8:48 am

An electron micrograph of human norovirus.
Charles D. Humphrey CDC Public Health Image Library ID 10708

Think you're safe from norovirus, the nasty bug behind the stomach flu, if you steer clear of someone who has it?

Think again. Researchers in Oregon investigating an outbreak of stomach flu among some young soccer players learned the virus can hitch a ride on those reusable plastic bags many of us have gotten accustomed to carrying to and from the store.

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8:08am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Indian Court Blocks Exxon Valdez From Entering Scrap Yard

April 5, 1989: Tugboats tow the Exxon Valdez off Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
Chris Wilkins AFP/Getty Images

One of the most infamous ships still sailing can't dock at its final resting place just yet.

India's Supreme court has ruled that the Exxon Valdez (now called the Oriental Nicety) cannot enter a scrap yard in the western state of Gujarat until its owners can prove the tanker has been cleaned of mercury, arsenic, asbestos, residual oil and other potential contaminants.

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7:38am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Russian Plane Missing In Indonesia; New Jet Was On Demonstration Flight

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 during a flight above the Paris Air Show on June 22, 2011.
Pierre Verdy AFP/Getty Images

"A Sukhoi SuperJet 100, the first new Russian passenger plane in more than two decades" has gone missing while on a "demonstration flight" in Indonesia, Bloomberg News writes.

Russia's RT News adds that "hijacking and a high-altitude crash into a mountain have not been ruled out." A search is underway.

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