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Syrian Violence Intensifies As Observers Arrive

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It's been a particularly bloody week in Syria, especially in the north, where as many as 200 died in clashes between army troops and defectors. Friday, two explosions in Damascus killed more than 40. Amid the escalating violence, the Arab League sending in monitors to oversee a peace plan. NPR's Deborah Amos speaks with host Scott Simon.
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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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Judges To Decide Whether Virginia District Map Illegally Clusters Black Voters

A panel of federal judges in Alexandria is weighing whether the Virginia House of Delegates illegally grouped black voters into certain legislative districts.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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