Only four people in the United States carry the official designation of Lego Master Model Builder. And 23-year-old Andrew Johnson of Illinois is the newest — and youngest — to earn the title.
Legos are robots in disguise for Johnson, as in a 4 1/2-foot replica of the Transformer Optimus Prime made only from those tiny bricks.
Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 12:47 pm
The New York state capital, Albany, is a gathering place for the state's most powerful people.
But in the city's poor and predominately black South End neighborhood, many residents once felt powerless.
They had repeatedly asked for better public transit for South End, an area plagued with poverty and crime not far from New York's gated governor's mansion.
Today, the city's Route 100 bus glides easily up Morton Avenue, a steep hill in the South End neighborhood. Many feel there would be no Route 100 if not for the efforts of local resident Willie White.
Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 4:58 pm
"We've got two tornadoes, one in Dallas and one in Arlington. I just watched it plow through a tractor trailer parking lot like it was Godzilla in a temper tantrum."
That's how NPR's Wade Goodwyn just described the images being shown on local television in Texas.
The images from WFAA, the local ABC affiliate in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, show tractor trailers flailing across the air in the middle of a dark debris ball.
After a tough start because of huge interest that overwhelmed servers, the Census Bureau's new website devoted to records from the 1940 census is showing signs of life.
Monday, as The Associated Press says, the website was "nearly paralyzed shortly after the records became available to the public":
Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 2:45 pm
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released this morning from the Fairfax, Va., hospital where he received a heart transplant on March 24.
NPR's Don Gonyea forwards us this statement from Cheney's office: