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Norton Wants To Know If Nighttime Mail Deliveries Pose Threat To Letter Carriers

Police in Prince George's County and the U.S. Postal Service are still looking for leads in the case of a postal worker who was shot and killed while delivering mail in Landover on Saturday. Now D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is asking the Postmaster General for information about conditions that might put other postal workers at risk.

Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, was found suffering from a fatal gunshot wound Saturday at around 7:20 p.m., and that timing is prompting Norton to ask about the risks of delivering mail after dark.

"Postal workers and postal trucks carry valuable mail, and that ought to be enough right there for us to investigate and make sure that there is not a causal relationship between the nature of their job and an attack at night," she says.

Norton is the member of the House subcommittee that oversees the postal service, she says she's seen an increase in after-dark delivery in her own neighborhood.

She sent a letter to the Postmaster General asking whether how often mail is delivered after dark and whether there are ways to reduce the frequency of those deliveries.

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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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