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Paralympian's Pursuit Enables Aspiring Athletes

Champion wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden's fight to compete alongside able-bodied athletes opened up civil rights laws providing more opportunities for her sister and other disabled athletes. The sisters will compete against each other at the Paralympic Games in London.
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Isaac Aftermath: Did New Orleans Pass The Test?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Mark Schleifstein — an environment reporter for The Times-Picayune — about storm preparations, the improved levee system and the potential for drought relief.
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GOP Faces Uphill Battle For Black Vote

Just 2 percent of delegates at the Republican National Convention were black. That's higher than the percentage that supported Mitt Romney in a recent poll: 0. And getting blacks on board may prove especially hard for the GOP presidential candidate given the tone of some recent campaign ads and a wave of new voter ID laws.
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Right-Wing Filmmaker: Obama's An Anti-Colonialist

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza directed and stars in the new movie, 2016: Obama's America. The film, which proposes that the president is weakening the country deliberately, has earned $12.4 million, making it the sixth highest grossing political documentary of all time.
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Buffalo Cleans Up From Dirty Industrial Past

Waterfront revitalization projects in this upstate New York area are breathing new life into the once-thriving port city. Green space development and cleanup efforts to remove the toxic remnants of the city's glory days are bringing people and wildlife back to the harbor.
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How 'Government' Became A Dirty Word

Anti-government sentiment has deep roots in the Republican Party — from Ronald Reagan's proclamation, "government is the problem," to last week's convention. But the message has had most of its success in the abstract, and sometimes Republicans aren't putting the ideology into practice.
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'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' Author Richard Bach Injured In Plane Crash

Richard Bach, who authored the popular Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, was injured Friday when the light plane he was piloting crashed as he tried to land on San Juan Island, Wash.

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