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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • A picture worth two wordsIngredients for a homecoming
    In the next few weeks, thousands of National Guard troops will be returning to their lives in Minnesota. While it's bound to be a joyful time for family members, the reintegration process has its challenges and stresses, too.5:20 p.m.
  • The New San MarcoThe New San Marco gives Duluth alcoholics a helping hand
    A new building for homeless people who are struggling with alcoholism hasjust opened in Duluth. Organizers hope the San Marco will not only improve the lives of the people who live there, but make downtown business owners happier too.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In U.S., Calls Grow for U.K.-Style Security Cameras
    Britain dropped its terror threat rating from "critical" to "severe." Police say they have arrested all the key suspects in last week's series of failed car bombings, and that there's no imminent danger of additional attacks. Security officials credit a national network of surveillance cameras for helping the inquiry — something U.S. law enforcement officials wish they had.
  • Indonesia Marks Successes in Terrorism Fight
    There is one part of the world where authorities appear to be winning the war against terrorists: Southeast Asia. The al-Qaida-linked group Jemmah Islamiyah and its splinter groups carried out a number of high-profile attacks against Western targets after 2001. But now they are on the run.
  • Freed British Journalist: 'Like Being Buried Alive'
    BBC reporter Alan Johnston has been freed after nearly four months in captivity. He was held by the Army of Islam, a small radical Islamic group in the Palestinian city. At a press conference in Jerusalem, Johnston described his captors as "unpredictable and dangerous," and his ordeal as terrifying.
  • How Do Washington's Monuments Measure Up?
    No American city has a landscape so dotted with monuments as Washington, D.C., the nation's capital. Sculptor Toby Mendez and Robert Siegel tour three relatively new monuments in the D.C. area, and discuss the merits of each.
  • State Dept. Scrambles to Clear Passport Backlog
    Foreign Service officers are under pressure days to sign up for tough assignments, from Baghdad to Kabul. Now, add one more to the list — facing angry Americans waiting for their passports. The State Department is trying to work through a huge backlog of applications — and it is calling on officers both current and retired to pitch in.
  • Kamchatka's Wild and Remote Allure
    With dozens of active volcanoes and stunning snow-peaked mountains, Kamchatka is called the land of fire and ice. The 750-mile peninsula also has a unique population of salmon and bears, and hot sulfurous geysers. Its remote location at the eastern edge of Russia has kept the area pristine, and tourists say there's no other place like it.
  • 'Rescue Dawn': Back to the Jungle, With Stars
    All Things Considered film critic Bob Mondello reviews a Vietnam War film from Werner Herzog. Herzog had told this same story before, in a documentary. This time he cast Christian Bale as captured U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler.
  • Analyzing the Hidden Costs of EZ Pass Tolls
    Electronic Toll Collection Systems like EZ-Pass save drivers time. But passengers who move through tolls more quickly also might be paying more money. Robert Siegel talks about the hidden costs with MIT's Amy Finkelstein.
  • The Rest Stop to End All Rest Stops, in Kentucky
    If you've ever needed to use a highway rest stop, you know they can house dirty toilets and run-down facilities. But that's not the case at one Interstate 75 rest stop in rural Kentucky. It has become so popular that motorists go out of their way to stop and take a break.
  • On July 4, Bush Relates Iraq to American Revolution
    With support for the war in Iraq declining even among his Republican allies, President Bush argues for staying in Iraq and achieving what he called "victory." His call for continued support for the war comes days before the Senate is to take up a defense policy bill that may include amendments to wind down the U.S. presence in Iraq.

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