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Sports: Real Losses And Potential Downslides

Another football tragedy this week renews questions about the safety of the game that made many stars rich, but at what cost? It may be closing time for one of the all-time greats. Plus, the hockey playoffs: Are they going Hollywood? Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
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On Jobs, Bad News Is Bad. The Good News Is Bad, Too

For the second month in a row, weak job growth numbers unsettled nerves in the White House and on Wall Street. But why wasn't the drop in the unemployment rate viewed as good news?
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Called To The Post, Derby Starters Pack 'Em In

When the gates fly open at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, all eyes will be on the 20 racehorses that launch themselves into the 138th Kentucky Derby. That's a lot of horses, and a special challenge for the men charged with getting them into the starting gate safely.
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Alcoholidays In America: ¡Viva El Tequila Julep!

The way holidays stack up in this country, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking the United States seems like a party monster lurching from beer blast to beer blast. And this Saturday presents an unholy marriage on the same day: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Call it Drinko de Mayo.
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After 30 Years, Derby's Dirt Guru Hits Finish Line

The dirt track at the hallowed Churchill Downs is known for crushing dreams and cementing equine legacies. Raymond "Butch" Lehr leads a team of dozens that carefully tends the one-mile oval. On Saturday, Lehr will end his 30-year career.
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At Sept. 11 Trial, Military Commissions Face Scrutiny

In the main trial in the Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other defendants are set to be arraigned Saturday before a military commission. The military commissions have been revised over the past several years, but there's still debate about their fairness.
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Five Philly Priests Removed For Sex Abuse Allegations

The Archbishop of Philadelphia announced on Friday that five priests were unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated sexual abuse allegations — or other inappropriate conduct. Those named on Friday were among some two dozen suspended last year, pending the Archbishop's investigation into abuse accusations.
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Hazing Hard To Prosecute In Fla. Despite Tough Laws

The culture of hazing is back in the national spotlight after charges were filed against 13 people in connection with the hazing death of a Florida A&M University student. Florida has one of the toughest anti-hazing laws in the country, but legal experts say prosecuting the crime is tricky.
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U.S. Supports Chinese Activist's Bid To Study Abroad

News of a possible way out of the diplomatic impasse over Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has again overshadowed other events in Beijing. The Chinese Foreign ministry says Chen might be allowed to leave China to study abroad. Meanwhile about 200 U.S. officials from the State Department and the U.S. Treasury are in China to discuss other matters vital to the U.S.-China relationship.

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