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1:38pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Around the Nation

For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:53 am

In 2010 US Army veteran Jeff Barillaro returned from Iraq with severe PTSD. Since then Barillaro, whose stage name is "Solider Hard," has been rapping about his struggles and performing for troops, veterans, and military families across the US.
Erik M. Lunsford NPR

When Jeff Barillaro came home from fighting the war in Iraq, he felt lost, like thousands of veterans do. He didn't have a mission anymore.

But now, through music, he's found one: Under the stage name Soldier Hard, Barillaro raps — about how war has changed troops and their families. Other vets and their family members are now turning to his music, because they say he's speaking to them.

On a recent morning, the National Guard Armory in Evansville, Ind., looks and sounds like any military base in the country.

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12:35pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Pulitzer Prizes Coming Up

(The awards were announced just after 3 p.m. ET.)

For its "distinguished ... reporting on significant issues of local concern," reporter Sara Ganim and The Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa., have won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the so-called Penn State scandal.

Other prize winners, which were just announced, include:

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12:25pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Math + Physics + Fancy Language + Sneeze = Beating Traffic Ticket

It was science, and a sneeze, that helped Dmitri Krioukov persuade a judge that he had obeyed the sign.
Mark Memmott NPR

Stories about someone beating a traffic ticket by using an imaginative defense always seem to strike a chord.

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6:59am

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll Reaches Six In Oklahoma Tornado

An aerial view of the destruction of the Oaklawn neighborhood in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday
Jeff Tuttle Associated Press

Emergency management officials in Oklahoma confirmed Monday that the number of dead had reached six for a single twister there that packed winds of 136-165 mph, according to forecasters.

Kurt Gwartney from NPR member station KGOU says officials were surveying the damage that occurred from some 120 storms over the week. The results of that survey could prompt federal assistance.

Gwartney reports:

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5:38am

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Prosecutor Who Led Ill-Fated Ted Stevens Case To Leave Justice Department

A federal prosecutor who led the elite public integrity unit when the case against the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens collapsed has told associates he will leave the Justice Department.

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