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On a recent morning, John Pierce walked across the sprawling hospital campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. On the lawn, he spotted people who have come to define the place in recent years.

'Land Bank' Knocks Out Some Foreclosure Problems

Aug 28, 2011

Cities have been tearing down crumbling, vacant houses for decades. The money for municipal demolition bills usually comes out of city budgets, but in Cleveland the housing crisis has started to change that equation.

Bill Beavers has lived on Cleveland's Dove Street since 1967. But on a frecent sunny morning, Beavers is sitting on a neighbor's front porch, watching something he has never seen on his block before.

We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement.

But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine."

Are dogs racist? Why is TV the best roommate you'll ever have? Those are some of the questions Wyatt Cenac addresses in his new DVD and CD of stand-up comedy, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person.

Cenac is best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he goes out into the field to interview real people — and then makes them look ridiculous. In one recent story, he reported on the growing threat of importing oil from dangerous regimes — like Canada.

As kids head back to class, the dreaded back-to-school bugs begin to spike. Sniffles and sneezes are inevitable, but there are also stomach bugs.

And parents may never have considered how one part of the morning routine may increase their children's odds of getting an upset stomach. It's the packing of lunch with just typical foods.

In the Horn of Africa, 12 million people are in need of food aid because of the drought. The people of Somalia, facing both famine and war, are some of the hardest hit.

Many of those fleeing Somalia seek refuge in the southwest, at Kenya's giant Dadaab refugee camp. The settlement is about 50 miles from Kenya's border with Somalia. There are almost half a million Somalis in the camp – with more arriving every day.

NYC Escapes Worst As Irene Roars Through

Aug 28, 2011

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Why Wasn't Hurricane Irene Worse?

Aug 28, 2011

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LAURA SULLIVAN, host: So Hurricane Irene was just a really bad rainstorm for many of the affected areas. Joe Palca's here from our science desk. And, Joe, why wasn't the damage as severe as predicted?

Riding Out The Storm At The Beach

Aug 28, 2011

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LAURA SULLIVAN, host: On Friday night, Kevin Boyer was at Ventnor City Beach near Atlantic City with some buddies. They'd just bought a bunch of beer - Yuengling and Miller Lite.

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LAURA SULLIVAN, host: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan, in for Guy Raz.

This morning, a little before seven o'clock, Todd Clissold walked into the bar and sandwich shop he runs in Manteo, North Carolina. The first thing he noticed?

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VIDEO: How New York Experienced Irene

Aug 28, 2011

From local plumbers to luxury hotels, just about everyone selling a service these days has an online reputation. Increasingly, that reputation is shaped by online reviews. Customer ratings on sites such as Yelp and Urbanspoon can, for example, make or break a new restaurant.

It's no wonder, then, that some businesses are trying to fake us out. On Craigslist and online forums, posters are offering to buy and sell gushing reviews for just a few bucks; potential customers aren't able to tell the difference.

Rex Goodnight went to Afghanistan last year to volunteer on construction projects, but came back frustrated.

Goodnight, chief of engineering with the Kansas City district of the Army Corps, saw a lot of planning but not much actual constructing. When something was being built, it was usually made out of clay and straw.

New York Takes Cover As Irene Hits

Aug 28, 2011

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Irene barreled through the southern and mid-Atlantic states in the early morning hours. NPR's Greg Allen was on the scene in North Carolina.

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High Winds Stroke Long Island As Storm Hits

Aug 28, 2011

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Just east of New York City, towns in suburban Long Island are bracing for Irene. High winds and flooding are being reported in Nassau County.

We're joined on the line by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Hello, Mr. Mangano.

ED MANGANO: How are you doing?

A Red Cross Storm Report From New Jersey

Aug 28, 2011

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JOHN YDSTIE, Host:

Earlier this morning, Irene rolled through southern New Jersey. We're joined on the line by Pamela Grites, executive director of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter.

Welcome to the program, Ms. Grites.

PAMELA GRITES: Well, thank you. Thank you very much.

New York City, The Night Before The Storm

Aug 28, 2011

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And back to New York City now, where people in Lower Manhattan were both prepared and puzzled as Irene approached.

NPR's Caitlyn Kenney describes what it was like in her neighborhood last night.

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Rebels in Libya say they've completely liberated the capital, Tripoli. There is only sporadic fighting south of the city. And there is mounting evidence of mass executions during the recent fighting.

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Stetson Kennedy was an important figure in the history of the Ku Klux Klan. But he's a man the Klan would rather forget.

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Cheating scandals have rocked a number of school districts across the country this year. The publicity is pushing states to look for better ways to detect and prevent tampering with the test results, and some say constant vigilance is required to guard against cheating.

(This live-blog is being updated throughout the day. Scroll down for our latest posts.)

Hurricane Irene made its second landfall near Little Egg Inlet, N.J. and then as it weakened into a tropical storm, the eye hit Coney Island in Brooklyn. That means New Yorkers woke up to howling winds and pounding rain.

At one point, the East River overflowed its banks and some parts of lower Manhattan saw knee-deep water. In New Jersey, two deaths were blamed on Irene. One of them happened after a woman was washed away by a flash flood.

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release its latest update on the food stamp program. It's an important indicator of the nation's economic health — and the prognosis is not good.

Food stamp use is up 70 percent over the past four years and that trend is expected to continue.

U.S. officials say that a CIA drone strike Aug. 22 killed al-Qaida's freshly minted second-in-command. Atiyah al-Rahman was a Libyan who was a key Osama bin Laden associate for decades.

The cable news network MSNBC chose civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton as its new host last week.

Starting Monday, Sharpton will begin hosting the network's 6 p.m. hour. His hiring came after weeks of speculation; Sharpton had been guest hosting in that time slot. MSNBC's decision has been about as controversial as Sharpton himself.

A war is ending and economic times are tough. Taxes are high and property foreclosures common. Streets are filled with protesters. Sounds familiar, I know, but I'm not talking about today's news.

It was the Revolutionary War, winding down in 1783, and the national government was massively in debt and having enormous difficulty paying the soldiers who had fought the war.

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