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Fri May 22, 2015
It's All Politics

Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Doug Hughes said he sees his future as working for "the cause of getting a Congress — not more liberal, not more conservative — but a Congress that is working for the people"
Peter Overby NPR

Florida postman Doug Hughes made headlines last month for landing his gyrocopter on the lawn in front of the Capitol building.

In an interview with NPR, Hughes said he "made every effort to send word ahead" about the flight, but also knew he would be taken into custody. He made the flight anyway, he said, to "get a message to the American people — not that there's a problem with Congress but that there are solutions to the problem."

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3:01am

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:09 am

Law enforcement investigate on May 18 the motorcycle gang-related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
Jerry Larson AP

The shootout involving motorcycle gangs last weekend in Waco, Texas, resulted in 170 arrests and put a spotlight on the gangs' history, which dates back to the 1940s.

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3:01am

Fri May 22, 2015
Heroin In The Heartland

In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:09 am

Sabas Sanchez Jr. was better known among his neighbors in Madison Neb., as "Gordo" – Spanish for chubby. He also had an oversized personality. His father keeps this tattered photo in his wallet.
Bobby Caina Calvan Heartland Reporting Project

Heroin, today, is killing more and more people in rural america.

One Mexican cartel has seeded low-cost heroin around rural towns in the Southwest and Midwest, selling it cheap and easy, almost like pizza.

Madison, Neb. — population 2,500 — is just a speck of a town, a two-hour drive from the big-city bustle of Omaha. But it's not far enough away to avoid the growing impact of heroin.

"The world's gotten smaller," says Police Chief Rod Waterbury. "If drugs can make it to Chicago, they can make it here."

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3:01am

Fri May 22, 2015
Book Reviews

Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:09 am

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her selections of under the radar books that you may have missed.
Emily Bogle NPR

Every once in a while, NPR's go-to books guru Nancy Pearl sends Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a tall stack of books. They're generally "under the radar" reads — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting.

"I just think that it's so important that readers learn about books that haven't been heavily promoted – what we would call mid-list books," Pearl says.

Here are some of her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading list:

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1:55am

Fri May 22, 2015
StoryCorps

Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Sgt. Major Lisa Torello and Tony Cistaro, during a visit to StoryCorps.
StoryCorps

Sgt. Major Lisa Torello, was 5 years old when her dad, Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello, was killed in Vietnam.

"My dad was due to retire, he was two months short of 20 years," 55-year-old Lisa said during a visit to StoryCorps. "So, he knew it was his last tour and he was gonna go home for good."

Lisa was joined by Tony Cistaro, a State Department employee at the time, who was the only survivor from the attack that killed the elder Torello. The two had just met the day before.

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