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No Delay In Trial Of Man Who Says He Killed Trayvon Martin

Jury selection will begin June 10 in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of second-degree murder in the February 2012 death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

Tuesday morning in Sanford, Fla., a judge ruled that both prosecutors and Zimmerman's defense team have had ample time to prepare their cases, NPR's Greg Allen tells our Newscast Desk. She turned down a request from Zimmerman's attorney for more time.

The judge also, as The Orlando Sentinel reports, "ruled for the state on several key issues: The defense may not bring up Trayvon Martin's past marijuana use at trial, or his school suspensions or alleged participation in fights, without clearing several legal hurdles and another ruling granting permission."

Prosecutors say Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon after calling police to say that a "suspicious" young man was walking through his Sanford neighborhood.

The killing drew national attention after Trayvon's family and its supporters said authorities had not moved quickly to investigate the killing or to challenge Zimmerman's claim that he acted in self defense. They alleged that Zimmerman had racially profiled Trayvon. There were rallies in many major cities. After the appointment of a new prosecutor to the case, Zimmerman was arrested on April 11. He has pleaded not guilty, saying that Trayvon attacked him.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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