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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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  • Somber Va. Tech Marks Tragic Anniversary
    It was one year ago when a student at Virginia Tech gunned down 32 of his classmates and instructors in a nightmarish killing spree. At the Blacksburg campus, students, administrators and residents gather to honor those who died.
  • Planting Trees in Memory of Lives Lost
    Richard Shryock, Virginia Tech's chairman of foreign languages and literatures, lost two faculty members and 15 students in his department in last April's shootings. A year later, he's planting trees in quiet reflection over their loss.
  • At White House, Pope Preaches Diplomacy
    On his 81st birthday, Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by military bands and an enthusiastic crowd of 9,000 at the White House. In his remarks, the pope urged peace through diplomacy and democracy, themes he's likely to invoke at the United Nations later this week.
  • America's Catholic Schools in Crisis
    A recent study done by an education-reform think tank finds that poor funding and shifting demographics have led to shuttering of 1,300 American Catholic schools since 1990. The Fordham Foundation's Mike Petrilli discusses the report's details.
  • Chinese Family Takes Carbon Challenge
    With a car, a country villa and frequent travel, the Shengs, a family of three, readily admit they emit more carbon dioxide than the average Chinese family. But how does their "carbon footprint" stack up against an American family's?
  • China Chat: Change in Beijing; Letters: Clinton
    Longtime Beijing residents discuss how technology has dramatically changed the way of life in China over the past few decades. Also, listeners complained about comparing Hillary Clinton's "brand" to Lay's potato chips.
  • Spike in Skier Deaths Raises Safety Issues
    Seventeen people have died in skiing accidents in Colorado alone this year. Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC hears that improvements in equipment may have some on the slopes skiing above their level of ability, raising safety issues.
  • High-Tech Suit Earns Gold from Some Swimmers
    Of the 37 swimmers who have set world records in recent weeks, 35 of them were wearing the sleek Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit. Some observers say the new Speedo suit amounts to "technological doping."
  • Justices Rule Lethal Injection Is Constitutional
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states may execute condemned prisoners with a sequence of three drugs that had been challenged as "cruel and unusual punishment" in a Kentucky case. In a separate case, justices are weighing whether it's constitutional to sentence someone to death for raping a child.
  • Pennsylvania Primary, Debate Previewed
    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton take part in a Democratic presidential debate Wednesday in Philadelphia. Clinton has had high expectations for next week's Pennsylvania primary, but her lead has dwindled in recent polls. Randall Miller, history professor at St. Joseph's University, talks about the peculiarities of Pennsylvania politics.

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