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Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary-General, Peace Prize-Winner, Dies At 80

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan died Saturday, the foundation bearing his name confirmed. "Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law," the Kofi Annan Foundation and Annan family said in a statement. NPR reported in 2012: "The Nobel Peace Prize winner was the first career United Nations staffer to become secretary-general, after having been an assistant secretary-general for human resources, then for finance, and finally the head of Peacekeeping Operations, where he would be sorely tested by devastating wars in Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia. "Annan was secretary-general — the first from sub-Saharan Africa — for two terms. Most recently, he served as the joint U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria, though he quit

'Beyond Anger': Pittsburgh Priest Says Sex Abuse Report 'Shook' Parishioners

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:00:00 +0000

The release of a massive grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is posing a challenge for priests who will address the report to their parishioners this weekend. The roughly 900-page report includes horrid reports of of "predator priests" that conducted "criminal and/or morally reprehensible conduct" — often covered up for decades. In response, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has requested all their priests read a letter at weekend masses addressing the report. It reads, in part, "We cannot bury our heads in the sand. There were instances in the past when the Church acted in ways that did not respond effectively to victims." The letter also outlines some ways the Diocese plans to improve how it addresses and reports abuse, including hiring a former state prosecutor to review their policies related to child protection. Father Lou Vallone says the grand jury report has certainly been on the minds of people in his congregation. He is the priest at St.

California Legal Challenges To Census Citizenship Question To Continue

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 03:23:00 +0000

The Trump administration has lost another round in its efforts to get courts to dismiss lawsuits challenging the citizenship question it added to the 2020 census . On Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg issued an order allowing two cases filed at San Francisco federal court to continue. The ruling sets up a legal fight that may extend into the final months of preparation for the national head count. It follows an order last month by a judge in New York , who rejected the Justice Department's efforts to get two similar lawsuits filed by the state of New York, plus more than two dozen other states, cities and other groups, tossed out. The lawsuits in San Francisco were filed by the state of California — the first to sue after the new citizenship question was announced in March — as well as the city and county of Los Angeles, a handful of other cities in California, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a California-based immigrant-rights group led by Black Lives Matter co

Satanic Temple Protests Ten Commandments Monument With Goat-Headed Statue

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:27:00 +0000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXq835Omy7c It was there, then it wasn't. Like an apparition that happens to involve a forklift, a truck and a 22-hour drive, a bronze statue of a goat-headed-and-winged creature appeared for a handful of hours at the foot of the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Thursday. "I present to you Baphomet," Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, told the cheering crowd that had gathered for the "First Amendment Rally." The 7 1/2-foot figure is a symbol of pluralism, legal equality, tolerance and reconciliation for Satanists, Greaves explained to NPR on Friday. And the reason he had hauled it out of storage to that particular site was to protest another monument permanently installed on the grounds: the Ten Commandments. The Satanic Temple, a national organization with 15 chapters in the U.S. and one in Canada, objects to exclusively Christian religious displays on public property. It argues that public spaces should be free from religious

The Community Foundation Of Broward Is Funding A New Round Of Grants To Fight Local Poverty

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:07:07 +0000

Over the past two years, The Community Foundation of Broward has awarded 16 grants totaling $800,000 to local nonprofits to bring relief to residents who are struggling financially. Now the foundation is accepting a new round of applications to fund programs that promote economic independence. Nearly 300,000 households in the county are either living below the poverty line or are considered at-risk because they don't have savings, according to a report out earlier this year by The United Way of Broward. The yearly report looks at residents in Broward who are employed but unable to afford health care, housing, food, and other day-to-day needs. Kirk Englehardt, the vice president of marketing and communications at the foundation, said the problem stems mostly from high housing costs. "Housing is really a driver for this issue,” he said. More than 50 percent of workers in the county earn less than $15 an hour. So, he said, "To afford the average apartment in Broward, you've got to work 97

This Hollywood Commissioner Doesn't Want Residents Paying For Margaritaville

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:06:46 +0000

City of Hollywood commissioner Peter Hernandez does not like the idea of taxpayers paying for Margaritaville. In 2012, the City of Hollywood offered the owners of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, KLS Capital Partners, a $28 million grant for the construction of the resort and an $80 million loan for a new parking garage. The hope: to lure more tourists to the area with a new 17-story, Jimmy Buffet-themed resort. The developers took the deal and built the resort and parking garage. That stirred controversy about the use of taxpayers' money. Hernandez was the first person to question the deal and its merits; he ultimately voted "no." The loan was used to build a new parking garage that holds 600 parking spaces -- 100 for hotel residents and the rest for the public. The loan is supposed to be paid off by the revenue generated from new public parking and taxpayers but Hernandez argues that parking spots are overpriced and not open to the public. Weekday parking rates are $3 an

Survivor Of Pennsylvania Clergy Sex Abuse Shares His Story

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

Tesla Stock Tumbles Again, Following CEO Elon Musk's 'NYT' Interview

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

Trump Postpones Military Parade, Citing High Costs

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President Trump will be attending a military parade this coming Veterans Day, it just won't be the one he wanted to attend or even in this country. The parade Trump is going to is in Paris, and it will be marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. President Trump had wanted a military parade in Washington. But the White House canceled those plans last night, saying, maybe next year. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is here to explain what happened. And, Tom, why did the president change his mind? TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, he blamed the cancellation on the Washington, D.C., government, the local government. He said officials saw what he called a windfall and overcharged the federal government for their role in the parade that was scheduled for November 10. Muriel Bowser, the mayor, estimated the cost at about $22 million for Washington, most of that money to pay for police. So that's just one

Former White House Director Of Legislative Affairs Discusses New Job At UVA

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

Brett Kavanaugh's Role In the Starr Investigation And How It Shaped Him

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:01:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Awkwafina Has Always 'Aggressively Been Myself'

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

Attorney General Sessions Says The U.S. Foreign-Born Population Is Growing Too Fast

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

U.S. To Pull Back Aid From Syria, Asks Other Countries To Pitch In For Rebuilding

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: 20 years ago today, President Bill Clinton testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and a grand jury about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) BILL CLINTON: I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life - questions no American citizen would ever want to answer. CORNISH: One of the people involved in drafting those questions is now President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports on how his role in the investigation and how it shaped him. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Brett Kavanaugh wasn't even 30 yet. He was finishing up a Supreme Court clerkship, was recruited to a big deal law firm when the guy who recruited him, Ken Starr, was drafted to take over the independent counsel investigation into Whitewater. KEN STARR: So I immediately sat down with Brett over

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell Discusses Security Clearances

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President Trump will be attending a military parade this coming Veterans Day, it just won't be the one he wanted to attend or even in this country. The parade Trump is going to is in Paris, and it will be marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. President Trump had wanted a military parade in Washington. But the White House canceled those plans last night, saying, maybe next year. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is here to explain what happened. And, Tom, why did the president change his mind? TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, he blamed the cancellation on the Washington, D.C., government, the local government. He said officials saw what he called a windfall and overcharged the federal government for their role in the parade that was scheduled for November 10. Muriel Bowser, the mayor, estimated the cost at about $22 million for Washington, most of that money to pay for police. So that's just one

WATCH: Massive 'Fire Tornado' Revealed In Footage Released By Officials

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:57:00 +0000

It was just after 7:30 p.m. on July 26 when dispatchers heard Jeremy Stoke's mayday call. The fire inspector had been in his pickup heading to evacuate a neighborhood in northwest Redding, Calif., when he was trapped by the blaze himself. Only silence answered the dispatchers' replies. They found Stoke's body the next day. Now, three weeks later, California officials have explained what happened the night Stoke died in the Carr Fire, which was then just days old. And they have identified his unsettling killer: a tornado of flame, the likes of which the state had never seen before. The behemoth that fire officials describe almost beggars the imagination — but they have video proof , from multiple angles. The footage below was shot from a helicopter. The videos were included in a report released earlier this week by California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. In the report, officials describe a "large fire tornado" that had formed on the strength of suddenly

Clergy Sex Abuse Raises Questions About Financial And Reputational Costs To Churches

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: We learn more this week about priests sexually abusing young people in their care, more about the number of victims and more about how Catholic leaders have covered up these crimes. As the scale of the scandal has grown, so has the cost to the Catholic Church. Lawsuits brought by victims have forced dioceses to pay settlements totaling more than $3 billion. Plus, there's the cost to the church's reputation. More on all this now from NPR's Tom Gjelten. TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: After grand jurors in Pennsylvania this week reported what they had learned about the abuse of as many as a thousand children by Catholic priests, they offered some recommendations. Among them, that victims should have more time to sue for damages beyond what statutes of limitation currently allow. That would open the door to even more lawsuits, bigger settlements and probably more dioceses going bankrupt. Attorney James Stang, who represents groups of

Week In Politics: The Manafort Trial, Security Clearances And Omarosa's Book

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President Trump will be attending a military parade this coming Veterans Day, it just won't be the one he wanted to attend or even in this country. The parade Trump is going to is in Paris, and it will be marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. President Trump had wanted a military parade in Washington. But the White House canceled those plans last night, saying, maybe next year. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is here to explain what happened. And, Tom, why did the president change his mind? TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, he blamed the cancellation on the Washington, D.C., government, the local government. He said officials saw what he called a windfall and overcharged the federal government for their role in the parade that was scheduled for November 10. Muriel Bowser, the mayor, estimated the cost at about $22 million for Washington, most of that money to pay for police. So that's just one

Trump Asks SEC To Study How Often Corporations Are Required To Report Earnings

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: President Trump wants federal regulators to consider a big change in the way that companies report their earnings to investors. Instead of saying how much they make four times a year the way they do now, they would only have to do so twice. He made the proposal in a tweet early this morning. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports. JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: In his tweet, the president said he's asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to see what would happen if companies reported their earnings less frequently. He told reporters later that he got the idea from the leaders of the companies, their CEOs. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And I thought of it. And it made sense to me because, you know, we are not thinking far enough out. We've been accused of that for a long time, this country. So we're looking at that very, very seriously. ZARROLI: Trump says he wants to consider requiring companies to report their

Democrats Unveil Ad Attacking House GOP Leaders

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:21:00 +0000

A prominent outside group supporting House Democrats is out with a new ad attacking top House Republican leaders as a scandal-plagued trio following in the mold of disreputable party predecessors. The new ad, called "Answer," opens with old news footage of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich while a menacing male voice says, "They've shut down the government," before reminding viewers of unsavory moments for each of the three Republicans vying for the top House leadership spots. First comes Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to allegations that an Ohio State team doctor sexually abused athletes decades ago when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach. The narrator goes a step further, asking, "remind you of Joe Paterno?" — a reference to the late Penn State football coach, who was accused of failing to report extensive sexual abuse allegations at that school. Jordan has denied he knew about any instances of abuse. Next, the ad turns to House