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MD Launches Prison Break Alert Service

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When a convicted murderer escaped last January from one of Hagerstown's three prisons, the prison told the media, but used a steam powered whistle to notify residents. The whistle was from the 1940's. A lot of people couldn't hear it or didn't know what it was.

Michael Stouffer is commissioner of Maryland's Division of Correction, he says there are far better ways to notify the public now. So now, anyone - whether they live near one of Maryland's 27 prisons or not - can sign up to get an email, text, or phone alert. It won't tell you what crime the person committed, but will give identifying characteristics.

You can sign up here.


Understanding Rosa Parks As "A Life-Long Freedom Fighter"

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as a meek accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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