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2:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
Goats and Soda

Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 8:40 am

A health worker gives a child the polio vaccine in Bannu, Pakistan, June 25. More than a quarter-million children in Taliban-controlled areas are likely to miss their immunizations.
A. Majeed AFP/Getty Images

Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.

"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.

"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."

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2:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
Parallels

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:43 am

Taxi drivers protest against Uber, an on-demand car service app, during a 24-hour strike July 1 in Barcelona, Spain. They say it undercuts their business and are calling for the government to ban it.
David Ramos Getty Images

This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. The new "share economy" can be a money saver in areas hard hit by the economic crisis, like southern Europe.

But in sunny Spain, authorities are cracking down.

In Barcelona — one of the top destinations for European tourists this summer — police are pulling over and ticketing drivers suspected of using the private taxi app Uber.

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2:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
History

Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:04 pm

Interns who host tours on Capitol Hill, stopping at sites like the small Senate rotunda, don't always have their facts straight.
The Architect of the Capitol

Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. They parade visitors from the rotunda to statuary hall, offering stories and anecdotes.

But while these intern tours provide a great deal of information, they are sometimes a little short on actual history.

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2:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
Code Switch

Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

Hall sits in a sunny bay window to write. "My first drafts are always in long hand, on legal pads," she explains. "I love putting pen to paper."
Andre Ellis

Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.

But something happened to speed up her schedule.

"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."

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5:04pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Race

NPR Host Michel Martin's Own 'Letter From A Birmingham Jail'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:40 pm

Michel Martin, host of the NPR program Tell Me More, has won an Emmy, among other accolades, for her work in journalism.
Amy Ta NPR

As the host of the program Tell Me More, Michel Martin has spent seven years bringing the NPR audience news and commentary on a near-daily basis. But even as the show nears its final broadcast on Friday, Aug. 1, Martin still felt that some of her most important advice was yet unspoken.

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