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6:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Pleasant Hills, Calf., Is Looking For A New City Clerk

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Politics does not agree with Kim Lehmkuhl. She was city clerk in Pleasant Hill, California. Instead of taking notes during city council meetings, she posted on Twitter. Now the clerk has quit. In an email announcing her resignation, she said the job was atrocious, incredibly depressing. She wished the city well in finding someone else to write down the politicians every, quote, "misogynistic joke, tin foil hat conspiracy theory and pathetic pandering." Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

What Does It Take To Surf Lake Tahoe In The Sierra Nevada?

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Skiing is one thing a visitor can do on the slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe here in California. Some locals are venturing into its frigid waters for another sport: Surfing.

Here's Will Stone of Reno Public Radio.

(SOUNDBITE OF A VEHICLE)

MARK NORRIS: OK, we're almost ready.

WILL STONE, BYLINE: All morning Mark Norris has been checking the weather several thousand feet above at Lake Tahoe -not for the snow, but for the wind.

NORRIS: It's got to be at least 70 miles per hour off the ridgeline.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

The Los Angeles house where writer Ray Bradbury and his wife lived is now for sale, at nearly $1.5 million. The Fahrenheit 451 author is seen here in 2007.
Charley Gallay Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:22 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:03 am
Wed May 21, 2014

So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Courtesy of Rachel Sussman

Far, far, far away is a great place to be — if you want to stay marvelous. There is a plant, called Welwitschia mirabilis (mirabilis being Latin for marvelous), found only one place on Earth. You can get there, as artist/photographer Rachel Sussman did, by driving through the vast emptiness of the Namibian desert, the Namib Naukluft, in Africa.

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The Two-Way
5:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences Mubarak To 3 Years In Prison For Corruption

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, sitting in a defendants cage, waves during a court hearing Wednesday. He and two sons were sentenced to jail on corruption charges.
Hassan Mohammed AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:33 am

Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison and a fine, after a court found him guilty of embezzling public money. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, were given four-year sentences; the three were accused of using public funds to pay for work on their own property.

The criminal court in Cairo ordered the three to pay a fine of nearly $3 million.

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Animals
4:38 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Border Collies Enlisted To Clean Beaches

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

Research suggests border collies help keep beaches clean by chasing away gulls that leaving their droppings in the sand and on water.

Guilty And Charged
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons

After spending three weeks in jail because he couldn't afford his court debt, Papa lost his job at a small steel plant. He has since found a job as a security guard.
Grant Hindsley for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:31 am

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Debtors prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago. And more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear: Judges cannot send people to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.

That decision came in a 1983 case called Bearden v. Georgia, which held that a judge must first consider whether the defendant has the ability to pay but "willfully" refuses.

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Research News
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:29 am

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

NPR Story
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Primary Roundup: 6 States Held Primaries On Tuesday

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Wow. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here to tell us what yesterday's races mean.

Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning.

INSKEEP: OK, let's use Kentucky as an example here. How would that race had been different if Mitch McConnell was gone and the Tea Party candidate was nominated?

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NPR Story
4:22 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Cable Companies Are Among The Most Hated Industries In U.S.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Cable Rage.

Cable companies make up one of the most hated industries in America.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And even among cable providers, one brand is despised above all others. A new survey of cable, satellite and other TV providers shows Time Warner Cable gets the lowest marks for consumer satisfaction.

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