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Lost Kindergartener in Alexandria Prompts Changes

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After a school bus in Alexandria, Virginia dropped a five-year-old Kindergarten student in an unfamiliar neighborhood, administrators are trying to figure out ways to prevent what happened to him from taking place again. Gavin Salinas made it home OK after a stranger noticed him crying and called his mother.

But administrators in Alexandria say they are investigating a number of future changes, including a daily roster check and distributing electronic swipe cards to each student. Spokeswoman Amy Carlini says administrators will install signs with animal logos in all 86 buses in the school system next week.

Michael Pope reports...

NPR

A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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