Sun July 21, 2013

A Woman Among Men: Female Firefighter Blazed A Trail

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 10:41 am

Judy Brewer was the country's first full-time female firefighter.
John Duricka AP

Arlington County, Va., wants more female firefighters. The fire department there has even set up a camp to inspire potential recruits. Donning helmets and matching camp shirts, teenage girls line up to watch a demonstration: A model room with furniture is ablaze.

Camper Tara Crosey says she came to camp in part because she "wanted to show that girls are as strong as boys and girls can do what boys can do."

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Tue July 16, 2013
The Salt

Can Oysters With No Sex Life Repopulate The Chesapeake Bay?

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

Young oysters live on old oyster shells and slowly mature while forming a complete shell.
Astrid Riecken Washington Post/Getty Images

The Chesapeake Bay once supplied half the world's oyster market. But pollution, disease and over-harvesting have nearly wiped out the population. It's a dire situation that's united former adversaries to revive the oyster ecosystem and industry.

Scientists and watermen have joined forces to plant underwater farms in the bay with a special oyster bred in a lab. Called triploid oysters, they have been selected for attributes like disease tolerance and fast growth.

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Tue July 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Felony Arrest Of Student Who Bought Water Riles Many In Virginia

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:27 pm

A college student spent the night in jail and was charged with felony counts after agents approached her car, suspecting she bought beer at this Harris Teeter grocery store in Charlottesville, Va.

"We're the police."

"This is bottled water."

If an encounter between several young women and Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents had gone that smoothly, the participants might be looking back on a chance encounter as merely odd, perhaps even funny. Instead, they're coping with the aftermath of a brief flight from authorities that resulted in spending a night in jail and felony charges, now dropped, of hitting agents with a car. The state agency says it's reviewing the case.

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Sun June 23, 2013
NPR Story

Army Assault Prosecutors Regroup



A couple of weeks ago, a group of lawyers gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for some extra legal training. Not unusual, you might say, but this wasn't your every day legal training. These are Army lawyers getting training on what they can do to help the Pentagon fight sexual assault in the military.

NPR's Larry Abramson was in the room for some of that training, and he's here with us now in the studio. Hi, Larry.

LARRY ABRAMSON: Hi there, Rachel.

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Wed June 12, 2013
The Two-Way

With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:38 am

Sen. Tim Kaine.
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During Tuesday's debate on the Senate's immigration bill, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took to the floor and launched into an almost 13-minute speech in support of the bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

That's not the news. The fact that Kaine delivered it in Spanish is, because it's the first time a senator has delivered a full speech on the floor of the Senate in a language other than English.

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