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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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As Cruise Industry Grows, So Have Its Problems

The engine room fire, power outage and ensuing problems aboard the stricken Carnival Triumph are far from the first major issues aboard a cruise ship. With bigger ships and more passengers than ever, the companies' safety concerns have been magnified.
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Educators Killed At Sandy Hook School Honored At White House

The "gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care; they gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us," President Obama said.
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One City's Love Affair With Processed Cheese

If you're not from St. Louis, you've probably never heard of Provel. It's a processed blend of cheeses extolled in the area for its buttery texture and smoky, tangy flavor. Now Provel has made its way into the unlikeliest of places: the hipster foodie mecca of Brooklyn.

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