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10:01pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Latin America

Ailing Chavez Faces Tough Re-Election Bid

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba to undergo chemotherapy after having a tumor removed in June. He says he is in a "battle for life."

Chavez also faces political challenges — from rivalries in his inner circle to an energized opposition. The great unknown is whether the ailing president will have the stamina to overcome, especially as he faces a tough re-election campaign next year.

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10:01pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Education

California Brings Gay History Into The Classroom

San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in the city's 7th annual gay freedom parade in 1978. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Earlier this month, the state became the first in the nation to mandate teaching of gay history in social studies classes.
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Gay history is now a requirement in California public schools because of a new state law that says the contributions of gays and lesbians must be included in social studies instruction. Now teachers are figuring out how to incorporate the new material into their classes.

Teachers Take Lessons On New Lessons

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8:38pm

Thu July 21, 2011
StoryCorps

Surviving A Double-Lung Transplant: 'Life Is Good'

Nan Graham spoke with her son, Howell, about his recovery from lung-transplant surgery in Wilmington, N.C.
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As a child, Howell Graham was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that often impairs lung function. By his late 20s, Howell would lose his breath doing things as routine as brushing his teeth.

So he underwent a risky operation — in 1990, he had a double lung transplant. And today, Howell, 49, is one of the longest-surviving recipients of that surgery. Recently, Howell and his mother, Nan, talked about a few moments when it seemed like he might not make it.

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6:02pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

NFL Team Owners Approve Tentative Deal

NFL team owners have approved a tentative deal that would end the lockout of the players. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Mike Pesca.

5:23pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

NFL Owners Agree On Bid To End Player Lockout

NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the football lockout, pending player approval.

Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the ball is now in the players' hands.

"There is an urgency to this. We want to have a full 2011 season, that includes the four preseason games, and we're up against a wall," he said. "And I think that's indicated by the unfortunate cancellation of the Hall of Fame game."

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