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Looking at Magan Hebert in her orange-and-blue cheerleading uniform, you'd never guess that she could shoot a rifle and kill a deer with a single shot.

Her hair is teased up and pinned back into a pouf. Her cheekbones and eyelids are defined with bold, colorful sweeps of makeup.

Magan, 15, of Wayne County, Miss., defies the typical image of a hunter -- a man wearing camouflage, holding a gun.

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast (and soon of the magazine Newsweek), checks in again for the recommended-reading feature Morning Edition calls Word of Mouth. This time Brown points to a book and a pair of articles about people who embodied heroism in three eras: a biography of Lawrence of Arabia, a review of The King's Speech and an admiring profile of Elizabeth Edwards.

'Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia'

It occurred to my friend The Duchess, the sports connoisseur who seeks out all that may be indecorous in athletics, that there is a glaring lapse of etiquette in one sport.

Writing to me from her yacht, as always, in her lovely cursive hand, she begins: "If I am not mistaken, my dear Frank, amongst major sports, baseball players are the only ones who never shake hands with each other in the spirit of good will. What a dreadfully rude lapse of manners."

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing a 2007 Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

Three years ago, Arizona became the first state to try to assume control of a function previously reserved for the federal government -- namely, punishing businesses, large and small, for hiring illegal immigrants. Since then, some 44 state and local governments have enacted similar laws.

Joseph Shapiro is a correspondent with NPR's Investigative Unit. He reported NPR's series last winter, "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes."

This story is a production of Youth Radio.

Everyone has heard of those child performers whose uber-involved parents are convinced that their baby should be a star. YouTube is the perfect vehicle for that. Parents can just upload a video of the kid's act — the cuter the better.

Exhibit A: Lil P-Nut.

This 7-year-old rapper has the swagger of a teen heartthrob and the manners of a Southern gentleman.

Two rival presidents claim to be in charge of Ivory Coast, in a political standoff analysts fear may reignite violence and a civil war that divided the once-prosperous and stable West African nation.

The Nov. 28 runoff election was meant to heal the West African nation split in two -- north and south -- by a rebellion in 2002.

But the disputed vote has simply deepened the divide. Initial mediation attempts appear to have failed, leaving Ivory Coast with two presidents, two prime ministers, two parallel governments and a major political headache.

If you've ever strolled along the Seine River, you've surely walked past the famous Parisian booksellers and their stalls. Known as bouquinistes, these often crusty old characters sell rare books, posters and historic memorabilia out of green wooden boxes mounted on the walls alongside the river.

But increasingly, the bouquinistes are forced to peddle less lofty merchandise to make ends meet. Among the literature at Andre Paul's stall are Eiffel Tower key chains and drink coasters printed with impressionist scenes.

David Hockney thinks his current exhibition may be the first one that's ever been 100 percent e-mailed to a gallery. The 73-year-old artist is standing in the space in question -- the Pierre Berge-Yves St. Laurent Foundation in Paris -- trying to talk about the works, when his iPhone rings.

"I'm right in the middle of an interview," he says, laughing. "I'm sorry -- wait a minute -- I am, actually." Then, to the reporter: "I'll turn it off."

The late Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Kah-MAH-kah-VEE-voh-OH-lay), did something rare in music. He redefined a beloved classic.

His version of "Over the Rainbow" has the poignancy of Judy Garland's and the shimmering vulnerability, but these days it's heard so often on TV and in the movies, a younger generation may only know Israel's version. It's become so popular, it is now the most requested version of the song by far, according to music publishing house EMI. That's quite remarkable for a rendition with one voice, accompanied only by ukulele.