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American Bar Association Offers Death Penalty Recommendations To Virginia

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The American Bar Association organized a nationwide project aimed at eliminating flaws in administrating the death penalty. The purpose of the report was not to oppose or support capital punishment, according to team member and former Attorney General Mark Earley.

"If we're going to have a death penalty, I think everyone would agree we have to get it right," he says. "We have to make sure that due process is afforded."

The team examined 12 aspects of Virginia's death penalty administration from arrest to execution. Chairman and professor John Douglass said the report recommends improvements in police identification and interrogation procedures to reduce the risk of mistaken identification.

"For example, something as simple as having a line-up conducted by an officer who doesn't know which person is the suspect, so that even unintentionally, people can't suggest what an answer ought to be," he says.

Douglass says other recommendations include broadening restrictive pretrial discovery rules, better preservation of biological evidence, and relaxing rules on post-conviction review.

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

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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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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