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Sat May 14, 2011

Family Law At The Crux Of Algerian Women's Futures

An Algerian family enjoys a picnic in Tipaza, a vacation town about 40 miles from Algiers. Many Algerian women say that wearing the veil is not an issue in their emancipation; what matters is their family situation, which is influenced by a strict code that governs marriage and family life.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Algeria, which shares a border with both Tunisia and Libya, is so far just watching the upheaval across the Arab world. Most Algerians say their country is still too scarred by a decade of violence in the 1990s to endure another uprising.

Nearly every Algerian now calls that a lost decade, but no one feels it more acutely than Algerian women.

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Sat May 14, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

As A Matter Of Course

On-Air Challenge: You are given a sentence with two blanks. The word that goes in the first blank has an O as its second letter. To complete the sentence, drop the O to get another word that goes in the second blank. For example, given "If I were to hit my thumb with a hammer, of ___ I would ___," the answer would be "course" and "curse."

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Sat May 14, 2011

Cash-Strapped Cities Put The Squeeze On Nonprofits

From the nation's founding, those doing the Lord's work, healing the sick or educating the masses have been given a pass on paying taxes. The thinking has been: We owe them more than they owe us.

But in these hard financial times, that thinking is changing.

"I think we've reached a point where something needs to give here," says Ron Rakow, Boston's assessing commissioner.

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Sat May 14, 2011
Your Money

SEC Requests More Money To Fight Fraud

Last July, when President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, he promised greater oversight power to the agencies tasked with keeping watch over the nation's financial markets.

"These reforms represent the strongest consumer financial protections in history," he said.

Many of those protections were to come from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the form of new authority over derivatives markets, hedge funds and credit-rating agencies.

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Sat May 14, 2011
Around the Nation

The Mississippi: A River That Will Not Be Tamed

In the summer of 1993, when many people in the Midwest were searching for higher ground, Isabel Wilkerson packed her bags and headed for the Mississippi River. She was there to cover the floods for The New York Times and would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting.

In one piece, she described the river as a "rowdy uncle who gives freely in good times and breaks the furniture in bad and pretends not to notice after the damage has been done."

Eighteen years later, that rowdy uncle is misbehaving again.

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