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5:26am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

School Superintendent Gives Himself A Big Pay Cut

Larry Powell is superintendent of 325 schools in Fresno County, Calif. Powell is giving back $800,000 over the next three years. He wants to preserve education programs from budget cuts. He'll work his final three years before retirement making less than a starting teacher's salary.

5:20am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Baltimore's Mayor Inadvertently Wakes Up The City

Some Baltimore residents were getting robocalls from the mayor around 4 a.m. Saturday reminding them that Hurricane Irene was on the way. The city's automatic phone calls were supposed to stop by 9 p.m. Friday, but a glitch kept them going through the night.

5:15am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Irene: Not A Monster, But Lots Of Damage

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 5:27 am

Flooding Sunday in Waitsfield, Vt.
Sandy Macys AP

Hurricane Irene is gone, but she won't be forgotten anytime soon.

As NPR's Larry Abramson said today on Morning Edition, "Irene did not turn out to be the storm of the century" and many beach towns "were stunned by how lucky they were."

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2:09am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene: Wet, Deadly And Expensive, But No Monster

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:29 am

A surfer in Long Beach, N.Y., passes heavy machinery Monday that was removing the remnants of a lifeguard shack that was knocked off its footing during Irene.
Craig Ruttle AP

The remnants of Hurricane Irene moved north Monday into Canada, leaving behind a path of destruction after raking the mid-Atlantic and northeast, where residents faced damaging floods triggered by hours of torrential rains.

While Irene's maximum wind speed might not compare with other legendary hurricanes, the storm had tremendous reach. A couple of days after it beat up on North Carolina, it still had enough strength to pummel Vermont and other parts of New England.

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2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Irene Spares Jersey Shore From Major Damage

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

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