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The Fine Line Between Protecting Safety And Rights

New Orleans reportedly has the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S. Trying to make the city safer involves walking a fine line between safety, regulation, and constitutional rights. Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who says he's trying to make his city safer for all residents.
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Understanding New Orleans' Murder Epidemic

The murder rate in New Orleans has consistently been well above the national average. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu is searching for answers to change that. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his five-step plan to lower the murder rate, his plans to reform the police department, and being mayor of a city in recovery.
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How Do You Spell Precocious? 6-Year-Old Spelling Bee Contestant Would Know

Lori Anne Madison is the youngest-ever competitor in the National Spelling Bee, which is being held in Washington, D.C., this week. She might also be the only competitor who often studies while swinging upside down.
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Soldier Suprises Family, Returns From Afghanistan

Air Force Master Sgt. David Sims made his family's weekend unforgettable. During an Atlanta Braves game, his wife and four children came onto the field to watch a video message from him in Afghanistan. He then ran onto the field — a surprise return after a six month deployment.
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Libraries Grapple With The Downside Of E-Books

Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing. Libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles as well, but there's a downside. Most major publishers won't allow libraries to lend their titles, while others impose restrictions or charge double or triple the print price.
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Why Indian-Americans Reign As Spelling Bee Champs

Indian-Americans make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, but they've won the last four National Spelling Bees and nine of the last 13. How has this tiny community become a spelling dynasty, and why are they so driven to win?
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Drawn To Sweets Or Fats? Blame Your Genes

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds certain genes may predict a person's food choices and eating habits. Two genes in particular, which are associated with obesity, were significantly associated with more snacks per day from fats and sweets — as well as more servings from dairy and meat.

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