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After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

In New Jersey, thousands of discarded Christmas trees have dodged the wood chipper and hit the beach instead. They're being used to jump-start new dunes, but scientists warn that these man-made dunes could be less sturdy than dunes that form naturally.
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NYC School Bus Strike Takes Toll On Disabled Kids

It's been more than a month since thousands of New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike in a dispute over job protections. Most school kids in New York don't take the bus, but many of those who do are disabled. The strike has made getting to school for those kids extremely difficult, and many parents say the city has done a poor job of accommodating them.
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Checking In On Chicago Schools' 'Safe Passage' Program

In Chicago on Friday, President Obama explored his home city's gun violence problem at an appearance at a South Side high school — the same school NPR's David Schaper visited two years ago to report on its "safe passage" program to help students get to and from school safely. Schaper returns to see how the program and other anti-violence initiatives are working.
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Would More Secure Doors Have Slowed Newtown Shooter?

Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School by blowing holes in the school's front door. But had that door been something more sophisticated and more secure, might Lanza at least have been slowed in his attack? One company that devotes itself to just this question is Assa Abloy, an outfit based in New Haven, Conn., that says it specializes in "secure, safe and convenient door solutions."
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Attorneys Still Working To Recover Funds For Madoff's Victims

Irving Picard and David Sheehan are attorneys representing those defrauded in Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme. They're on a quest to recover their clients' investments, and to date they've recovered more than $9 billion. Robert Siegel speaks with Picard and Sheehan about the process and how far they still have to go.
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President's New Voting Commission Greeted With Skepticism

So far, there are few details about the new commission aimed at fixing problems at the polls. But the reaction from voting-rights advocates has been lukewarm at best, while Republicans have been dismissive.

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