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4:21pm

Sun August 31, 2014
National Security

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week.
Courtesy of Jason Wright

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, is facing a military commission at Guantanamo Bay and potentially the death penalty. He was captured in 2003 but his case still hasn't gone to trial.

Last week, Maj. Jason Wright — one of the lawyers defending Mohammed — resigned from the Army. He has accused the U.S. government of "abhorrent leadership" on human rights and due process guarantees and says it is crafting a "show trial."

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4:21pm

Sun August 31, 2014
My Big Break

Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:17 pm

Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan., is this year's winner of the prestigious World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, hosted by the Livestock Marketing Association.
Morgan Leigh Meisenheimer Livestock Marketing Association

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

When Blaine Lotz fires off prices from the auction block, the first thing you might notice is the lightning-fast speed of his words. But Lotz, wearing a suit and black cowboy hat as he rattles off numbers to a crowd of cattle-buyers, says there's much more to the art of auctioneering than speed.

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4:21pm

Sun August 31, 2014
Music Interviews

Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm

Ty Segall's latest album is Manipulator.
Denee Petracek Courtesy of the artist

If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or The Stooges — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.

But his newest album, Manipulator, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.

Hear the conversation at the audio link.

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4:21pm

Sun August 31, 2014
Author Interviews

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 5:19 pm

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.

Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. The civil war officially began in 1983 and continued until 2009.

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11:33am

Sun August 31, 2014
Around the Nation

For Their Own Good? New Curfew Sends Baltimore Kids Home Early

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 12:43 pm

This hangout spot in East Baltimore — like the rest of the city's outdoor spaces — now comes with a police-enforced nighttime age limit. Children under 14 must be indoors by 9 p.m. each night, all year long. Kids age 14-16 can stay out a little later, until 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on other nights.
Courtesy of Brian O'Doherty

Young people in Baltimore are adjusting to life under a tougher curfew law. For 20 years, the city has required kids to be inside at night during the summer — but now, children younger than 14 must be in by 9 p.m. every night of the year.

It's one of the strictest curfews in the country, and you can see its impact at the gym at Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. On a recent Tuesday evening, the sun has set — and Ulysses Cofield, or Coach U, is trying to keep an eye on the time.

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