Meet me at the border
Along the United States-Canadian border, there's plenty of reason to celebrate this time of year. Saturday is Canada Day, the Canadian national holiday. And Tuesday is Independence Day for the U.S. The celebrating started today. It's called "Meet Me at the Border," and this year, for the first time ever, there's a cross-border tug-of-war.4:49 p.m.
Absentee ballots allow Mexicans in Minnesota to vote Mexico will elect a new president Sunday, and for the first time ever, Mexicans living outside of the country can vote absentee. But it looks as if very few Mexicans in Minnesota and the U.S. took advantage of their right to vote in their home country.5:19 p.m.
Local Somalis watch and wait More than 14,000 displaced Somalis live in Minnesota. Many Somalis in the metro area support the new group, which this week declared it controls the conflict-ridden country. The Minnesota Somalis are closely watching the situation because it may have an impact on their own futures.5:23 p.m.
"Summer camp"...for entrepreneurs As June comes to a close, we enter the season of camp -- a time for kids to have fun, make new friends, and maybe learn some new skills. A group of adults gathering at a summer camp in Northfield this weekend has similar plans, though their ultimate aim is a little different.5:53 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Congress Will Consider Legalizing Tribunals
Senate Republicans say they are willing to work with the White House to give President Bush the authority to hold military tribunals for detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Supreme Court blocked the Bush administration's plans for the tribunals.
Issues: Court Decisions and Flag-Burning
Melissa Block talks live with E.J. Dionne, a columnist for The Washington Post, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times. They'll discuss the Supreme Court decisions on re-districting and war crime tribunals, the defeat of the flag burning amendment, and other political news.
Army Investigates Allegations of Rape, Murder
The Army is investigating allegations that U.S. soldiers raped a woman, then killed her and three other people in March in the Iraqi town of Mahmoudiyah, south of Baghdad. The suspects are a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division and another who was recently discharged.
Demonstrators Support Charged Marines
The preliminary hearing for eight servicemen charged with killing an unarmed Iraqi in Hamdania has been postponed for several weeks. Meanwhile, many U.S. civilians are voicing support for the Marines and Navy Corpsman. Some are holding weekly demonstrations outside Camp Pendleton. For historian Michal Belknap, this has echoes of the My Lai episode, when both supporters and opponents of the Vietnam War rallied behind William Calley, for very different reasons.
Checking in with Art Buchwald
Renowned writer and humorist Art Buchwald is now best known for being not quite dead. In January, he decided to refuse dialysis for kidney failure and await death in a Washington hospice. Months later, he's still around and off to Martha's Vineyard.
Art Conservators at Work: A Living Exhibit
The Smithsonian American Art Museum reopens Saturday after a 6-year renovation. One new feature is an conservation lab with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Conservators accustomed to careful, detailed and solitary work on fragile art will now have an audience.
Long-Gone Glove Returns to Brothers
Forty-two years after 57-year-old Patrick Reynolds of Los Angeles lost his boyhood baseball glove, he has it back. And it still has his name on it. His brother, Jeff Reynolds found it at a swap meet last week and paid $5 for it. Melissa Block talks with the Reynolds brothers by phone.
'The Devil Wears Prada' Wears Thin
The new movie The Devil Wears Prada is set in the fashion world and features Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. However, NPR's Bob Mondello says it wears a little thin.
Press Navigates a Sensitive Role USA Today publishes a follow-up story to its May report of a secret government program for the creation of a massive data base of American's phone records with the cooperation of several telecommunications companies. In the story printed today, the paper stated that further reporting has left them unable to confirm that Bell South and Verizon cooperated with the government, as the paper reported in May. The admission comes in a week during which the Bush administration and congressional Republicans have been hammering The New York Times for publishing a story about another secret government program for surveillance of banking records. The attacks on the Times have questioned the role of the press in a time of war -- and some have suggested the prosecution of journalists under espionage laws.
Despite Unease, Democrats May Lose Out
Twelve years ago, a tidal wave of dissatisfaction with Congress brought Republicans to control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. This year, unhappiness with Capitol Hill is prompting comparisons to 1994, but the minority Democrats may find it hard to take advantage.