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Today โ€” July 21st 2018NPR News

Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Girard Children

When researchers cleaned up vacant lots and planted grass and trees in poor neighborhoods in Philadelphia, residents' mental health improved.

(Image credit: Pearl Mak/NPR)

  • July 21st 2018 at 01:42

Former South Korea President Sentenced To 8 More Years In Prison

By Vanessa Romo
South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye was sentenced on Friday to an additional eight years in prison.

Park Geun-hye was already serving 24 years in jail. On Friday a court convicted the disgraced leader of illegally receiving funds from a state agency and breaking election laws.

(Image credit: Kim Hong-ji/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 21st 2018 at 01:25

More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Abuse By School Doctor

By Vanessa Romo

Officials said the allegations of inappropriate touching and harassment date from 1979 to 1997. They include students who were varsity players in 14 sports and patients of Student Health Services.

  • July 21st 2018 at 00:57

Paramount President Fired Amid Allegations of Racially Charged Comments

By Cameron Jenkins
Former President of Paramount Television Amy Powell has been ousted from the company following an incident in which she allegedly made racially insensitive remarks.

Amy Powell's five-year run as head of Paramount's television division has come to a halt. She is alleged to have made insensitive remarks regarding black women.

(Image credit: Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)

  • July 20th 2018 at 23:21

Politics In Zimbabwe Has A New Soundtrack

By Ari Shapiro
Zinzile Majola, 27-year-old singer of Friends Band, says it felt like a window opening when Mugabe left. "It actually gave us more confidence that things would change from now on, from the way they were, from the way they used to be," Majola says.

Ebba Chitambo, 66, made music during Zimbabwe's fight for independence. Now, he's giving advice to a new generation of musicians about writing political music.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26
Yesterday โ€” July 20th 2018NPR News

Britain's Big Butterfly Count Begins, With David Attenborough Leading The Charge

By Camila Domonoske
A peacock butterfly in Hurworth-on-Tees, England, in 2013. Peacock butterflies are one of the species the Big Butterfly Count is tracking, with the help of citizen volunteers.

For the next three weeks, citizen volunteers in the United Kingdom will be tallying the painted ladies, peacocks and brimstones they see, to help create a nationwide count — and soothe their souls.

(Image credit: Chris Golightly/Flickr)

  • July 20th 2018 at 21:55

Father Of 2 Parkland Shooting Survivors Is Shot And Killed In Robbery

By Sasha Ingber
Ayub Ali, 61, was fatally shot during a robbery at Aunt Molly

Ayub Ali was working at his Florida convenience store when a man with a gun walked in. Two of his four kids were in class during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Mirza Mustaque )

  • July 20th 2018 at 20:10

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

By Terry Gross

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2017.

  • July 20th 2018 at 19:52

Starbucks To Open First 'Signing Store' In The U.S. To Serve Deaf Customers

By Kristen Hartke
Starbucks is opening its first deaf-friendly store in the U.S., where employees will be versed in American Sign Language and stores will be designed to better serve deaf people.

The store will be in Washington D.C., and will not only focus on hiring employees fluent in American Sign Language, but also on lighting and design that makes it easier for the deaf to communicate.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Starbucks)

  • July 20th 2018 at 19:48

North Korean Economy Suffered Sharpest Drop In 2 Decades, South Says

By Colin Dwyer
North Korean viewers watch a giant television screen outside the central railway station in Pyongyang, which was broadcasting news of the Singapore summit last month between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Not since 1997 has the country's gross domestic product shrunk at such a large rate in a single year, according to a report by the Bank of Korea. And the bank says sanctions are responsible.

(Image credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2018 at 19:14

Deported Guatemalan Man Desperately Awaits Return Of 9-Year-Old Son From U.S. Custody

By Carrie Kahn
Rudy Migdael Ramirez in Jutiapa, Guatemala.

The Ramirez family tried to seek asylum in the U.S. The dad says he was deported, but his son and wife are being held in the U.S. in separate facilities.

(Image credit: Carrie Kahn/NPR)

  • July 20th 2018 at 18:30

Trump Administration Defends Campus Sexual Assault Rules

By Tovia Smith
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21, 2018. DeVos issued new guidance last fall on how campuses should handle cases of sexual assault.

Trump administration lawyers were in federal court Thursday defending their new rules that would allow schools to demand a higher standard of evidence that would make it tougher to prove an assault.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

Survivors Of Political Violence 'Will Make Sure There's Peace' In Zimbabwe's Election

By Ari Shapiro
Florence Machinga, a candidate for the opposition MDC party, looks out the window of her house, which was burned down 10  years ago by an angry mob. The incident was one in a wave of violence carried out against MDC supporters in 2008. Machinga is still slowly rebuilding the home.

Survivors of political violence in Zimbabwe are being trained to serve as election monitors in the country's July 30 vote. Past elections have been marred by violence and allegations of rigging.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 17:29

Summer Latin Music Festivals Offer Music And Opportunity

By Marisa Arbona-Ruiz
Members of  ÌFÉ perform at NuevoFest in Philadelphia

For Latinx musicians who have found themselves excluded from the stages of mainstream festivals, a growing range of festivals and tours catering to Latinx artists and fans is changing the game.

(Image credit: Felix Contreras/NPR)

  • July 20th 2018 at 17:02

Who's Entertaining Who?: How The Internet Picks Up Drake's Slack

By Sam Sanders
Drake

Drake's latest No. 1 hit "In My Feelings" shot to the top of the charts thanks to a viral dance challenge that had little to do with the rapper himself.

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  • July 20th 2018 at 16:45

Judge Vacates Terrorism Convictions Of Man Who Had Trained With Paintball Group

By Bill Chappell
Seifullah Chapman — seen here third from right, in a court sketch from a hearing in 2004 — should be freed on supervised release, a federal judge has ruled.

A federal judge says Seifullah Chapman should be released rather than serve out the rest of his 65-year prison term, citing a shift in how the law defines violent crime.

(Image credit: Dana Verkouteren/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 16:30

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications

By Wade Goodwyn
A pharmacy technician prepares syringes containing an injectable anesthetic in the sterile medicines area of the inpatient pharmacy at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care. Surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, intensive care unit doctors are also impacted.

(Image credit: Rick Bowmer/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

He Was Wrongly Convicted When They Were Teens. Now They're Building Their Lives Together

By Aisha Turner
Brandy and De

De'Marchoe Carpenter spent 22 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, which pulled him away from a new romance. Although he was exonerated, he struggles with anxiety from his time in prison.

(Image credit: Kevin Oliver/StoryCorps)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

Trump Is Ready To Go All In On Trade War With China

By Uri Berliner
A worker inspects imported cars at a port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China on May 23.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNBC, President Trump threatened to accelerate and expand tariffs on all goods that come from China.

(Image credit: China Stringer Network/Reuters)

  • July 20th 2018 at 16:21

Amid Migrant Crises, Nations Flout International Law On Refugees

By Jason Beaubien
International law on refugees has its roots in the massive displacement that occurred in Europe during World War II. Above: Belgian refugees fleeing after the German invasion of their country in 1940.

The rights of refugees were enshrined in international law in the wake of World War II. But those rules aren't always respected.

(Image credit: AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 16:05
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