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9:11 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Lawmakers Target The New York City Stop-And-Frisk

Opponents of the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy rally on Jan. 27 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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State lawmakers in New York are pushing to rein in the aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department. Critics say those tactics amount to widespread racial profiling of young blacks and Latinos, but supporters counter that stop-and-frisk is one reason the crime rate in New York is lower than it's been in decades.

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All Songs Considered Blog
8:21 am
Thu April 5, 2012

First Watch: A Split Perspective In Megan Reilly's 'Throw It Out'

Jason Creps

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 8:00 am

"He is gone / movin' on / wants to be alone," Megan Reilly sings in "Throw It Out," a breakup song packed with melancholy twang. It starts spare and builds to a heartrending climax.

It's not Reilly's narrator who's suffering; "Throw It Out" is an advice song to a friend navigating a difficult separation. "You've been running around / trying to make sense of it / trying to make everybody else proud," Reilly sings. "I wanna believe / you're not gonna chase / after someone / who doesn't want you."

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Thu April 5, 2012

LISTEN: Recordings Show How Wife Calmly Took Control To Land Plane

Down safely: Helen Collins successfully landed this small plane after the pilot, her husband, suffered a heart attack.
Door County Sheriff's Office AP

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 7:05 am

  • Paul Brown reporting
  • Helen Collins: "I Don't Feel Good"

Recordings of the conversations that an 80-year-old Wisconsin woman had with a controller and another pilot after her husband collapsed at the controls of their small plane on Monday show she had a "take-charge attitude in a total emergency," NPR's Paul Brown said earlier this morning on our Newscast.

Indeed, Helen Collins sounds remarkably calm. Her 81-year-old husband John had suffered a heart attack when they were about 10 minutes away from landing at Cherryland Airport in Sturgeon Bay, 150 miles north of Milwaukee. He was later pronounced dead.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Drought Means 20 Million People In England Can't Use Hoses

No hoses, please. (2006 file photo from Knutsford, England.)
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 7:50 am

  • Larry Miller, reporting for the NPR Newscast

The words "hosepipe ban" popped up in a lot of headlines today, and since we'd never seen that phrase before we wondered what was going on.

It turns out that 20 million people in south-east England, including London, have been told they can't use hoses to water their gardens, wash their cars, fill their pools, clean their patios and a variety of other things (the BBC has a Q&A on what's allowed and not allowed).

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Opinion
8:19 am
Thu April 5, 2012

New Republic: Obama Against The Supreme Court

President Barack Obama listens to a question on his health care legislation pending before the U.S. Supreme Court during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the Rose Garden of the White House April 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 7:42 am

William Galston is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor for The New Republic.

If the Supreme Court overturns key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, it will precipitate the largest confrontation between the Court and a president since the mid-1930s. Yes, the Court prevented Truman from seizing the steel mills and forced Nixon to give up the tapes. But in those instances the decision ended the controversy because the President chose not to prolong it.

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