Peoria Public Radio http://peoriapublicradio.org en Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/service-dog-guides-marathon-bombing-victims-through-grim-year At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.<p>Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital.<p>But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Sacha Pfeiffer 22063 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22062 at http://peoriapublicradio.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today 'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/wound-doesnt-close-armenians-suffer-uncertainty-together At St. Elie Armenian Catholic Church in downtown Beirut, Zarmig Hovsepian lit three candles and slowly mouthed silent prayers before Easter Mass. After reciting "Our Father," she added a prayer of her own: "For peace, for Lebanon and the region," she said, underscoring the deep sense of apprehension beneath the surface of otherwise festive Easter celebrations.<p>Next door in Syria, violence recently displaced thousands from the historic Armenian town of Kessab, which rests in northwestern Syria, along the Turkish border. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:23:00 +0000 Susannah George 22061 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/florida-church-whose-worshipers-are-all-tourists Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshipers today.<p>That's because the church is across the street from Walt Disney World. The main basilica was built in the early 1990s, to give visitors to the resort complex a place to worship. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22060 at http://peoriapublicradio.org The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hurricane-carter-dies-boxer-was-wrongfuly-convicted-murder Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22057 at http://peoriapublicradio.org 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/may-be-rogue-parishioners-last-easter-closed-church Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.<p>With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.<p>The closing of the church took parishioners in Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, by surprise. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 22058 at http://peoriapublicradio.org This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/google-frecking-week-pandas What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been <strong>Google Frecking</strong> for pandas.<p>Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.<p>Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 22059 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/ukraine-deadly-gunfight-rattles-easter-truce A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304905585/ukraine-calls-an-easter-truce-in-clash-with-militants">a truce for this Easter weekend</a>.<p>The shootout took place at a separatist checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22056 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22055 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/organizers-predict-huge-crowd-boston-marathon Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In Massachusetts, nearly 36,000 runners are preparing for tomorrow's Boston Marathon. This year's race is a tribute to the three people who died in the bombing that happened shortly before 3 p.m. last year near the finish line. At least 260 other people were injured in the attack. Tomorrow, Boston city streets will again be lined with hundreds of thousands of spectators there to cheer on the runners, intent on reclaiming this year's race as a symbol of the city's resilience. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 22054 at http://peoriapublicradio.org