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Sports
7:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Too Young To Drive, But Old Enough For NASCAR

Kaz Grala after his 10th place finish at the Granite State 100.
Karen Given Only A Game/WBUR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 4:58 pm

The colossal grandstands seem nearly empty for this summer's Granite State 100, the Friday night warm up to the Sunday main event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But the cameras zoom in on one huge group of fans, about 80 strong, dressed all in black. It's the team for Kaz Grala.

Grala is a tenth grader from Westborough, Mass. At 15-years-old, he's not quite old enough to get his driver's license, but he's already following his dream. He started out as a 4-year-old go kart racer. His father, who drives stock cars in endurance races, introduced him to the sport.

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Animals
7:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Yes, indeed, cows can leap. Here, Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna — yes, Luna — over a hurdle in southern Germany, in 2011.
Kerstin Joensson AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 4:59 pm

You know the nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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Sports
7:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 12:47 pm

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn and it's time for Sports.

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Around the Nation
12:59 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:09 pm

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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Parallels
10:45 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

A car bomb exploded on Saadoun street in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven people in a mainly Shia area of Iraq's capital, Voice of America reported. Though violence in the city hasn't reached the levels of 2006, residents worry sectarian conflicts may rise again.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:04 pm

The air in the Baghdad morgue is thick with the smell of death. There are perhaps two dozen corpses in black plastic bags lying around in the sweltering heat. One of them is burned and has its face exposed, white teeth stark against charred skin.

"The crisis began in June," says Zaid al Yousif, the director of the Medical Legal Center, which houses the morgue. "The number of victims in June increased, double to triple." Many of those bodies have marks of trauma, including blunt injuries, he says.

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Simon Says
9:25 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

On packed flights, space is at a premium and tempers sometimes flare.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:29 pm

There might be a recliner rebellion going on.

At least three flights have been grounded in little more than a week after passengers had disputes over reclining their seats, or not being able to. On most airlines these days, passengers are packed so close that — insert your favorite Joan Rivers joke here.

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Author Interviews
7:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 11:28 am

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Movie Interviews
7:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 11:28 am

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Sports
7:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Baseball Playoffs, U.S. Open: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 11:28 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Where BJ Leiderman writes our theme music and now, including this one - it's time for Sports.

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Politics
12:33 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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