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5:49pm

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: After Attacks, New York Hotels To Equip Maids With 'Panic Button'

The Sofitel hotel in New York, where IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel maid.
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Two high-profile attacks on hotel maids are leading to a change in security at two Manhattan hotels: The Wall Street Journal reports that according to union officials, the Pierre Hotel and the Sofitel New York will equip their room attendants with panic buttons in case they are attacked.

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5:39pm

Wed June 1, 2011
You Must Read This

Through A Correspondent's Eyes: Revisiting Vietnam

At the small southern college where I taught in the 1970s, one of the grad students had flown a chopper in Vietnam. Instead of living on campus, he rented a cottage in the woods. He slept there alone, with a Colt .45 under his pillow.

He played me tapes of fire-fights in which friends had died. Out of the jabber and roar of bad recording, he teased monologues that were poisoned with the essence of terror and despair.

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5:18pm

Wed June 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Distraction: A Marriage Proposal Delivered By Mural

If you're not a romantic, look away now. But we just couldn't resist passing along this video of a pretty elaborate marriage proposal that's making its way across YouTube and making many coo a long, "Aweeee."

28-year-old Jeff Gurwin had a mural painted in New York's East Village. His girlfriend Caitlin Fitzsimons, 27, was on her way to dinner with Gurwin when she saw, "Will you marry me Caitlin?" written in wooden block letters. In the video you can see her run across the street, and deliver a happy yes:

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5:08pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Questions About Legality And Morality Of Abortion Divide Americans

The Republican takeover of the U.S. House and statehouses across the country has helped launch a new chapter in the nation's long-running debate over abortion.

And as NPR's Julie Rovner reports on Wednesday's All Things Considered, there's a move afoot to legally redefine when personhood itself begins — to the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg. A change like that would have broad legal ramifications.

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4:50pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Middle East

Boy's Brutal Death Becomes Rallying Cry For Syrians

In a photo from a Facebook page in memory of Hamza al-Khateeb, an image of 13-year-old Hamza is surrounded by candlelight.

In Syria, the brutal death of a 13-year-old boy has spurred further demonstrations as the uprising there enters a third month.

Syrian protesters now shout the boy's name, Hamza al-Khateeb. He has become a symbol of the victims of the government's crackdown on dissent.

The Syrian government has promised to investigate his death. A video of his mutilated body was so gruesome that YouTube administrators blocked it, but they reinstated the images on Wednesday after a petition from human rights organizations.

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