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The Salt
5:57 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." This sandwich is one of many ways to eat the processed meat, a largely unsung specialty of New Jersey.
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Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:13 pm

Try to order "pork roll" in most of the country and you'll probably get a blank stare. But in New Jersey, pork roll is a staple at diners, restaurants and food trucks from Cape May to the Meadowlands. And this unsung meat product is now the star of not one, but two competing festivals on Saturday in Trenton.

To the untrained eye, pork roll looks like Canadian bacon. But New Jersey residents know better.

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The Two-Way
5:46 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Decision On Gay Scout Leaders To Come By October, Group's Head Says

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, tells NPR his organization will have a decision on its ban on gay adults no later than October. His comments come a day after he told the Boy Scouts that its ban on gay adults was "unsustainable."

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Man Convicted Of Killing D.C. Intern Chandra Levy To Get New Trial

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:04 pm

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

The man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 will get another day in court after prosecutors agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique.

Vincent Cohen, the acting U.S. attorney, and Leslie Ann Gerardo, the assistant U.S. attorney, asked the Superior Court of the D.C. Criminal Division for a status hearing to be scheduled in two weeks, "by which time the government will have completed an assessment of the time needed to prepare for a retrial in this case."

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Music
5:42 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Protest Song Is Not Dead

The singer Gregory Porter's music is usually classified as jazz, but his soulful voice fits in Jason King's wide-ranging playlist of protest music.
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When Prince released his new song, "Baltimore," in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, it was striking mostly because it was an original; it's unusual to hear protest music from today's mainstream pop stars. But R&B, rap and soul musicians have always found ways to contribute during turbulent times, says NPR Music writer Jason King.

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Around the Nation
5:42 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

In the five days of practice leading up to the Indy 500 qualifications, Ed Carpenter is the third driver to have his car flip upside down. Carpenter emerged from the crash unharmed.
Jamie Gallagher AP

Last weekend, while drivers practiced just hours before the start of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, a crash occurred that seemed eerily familiar.

Driver Ed Carpenter spun around backwards, heading into the Turn 2 wall. Wind got underneath his car, and flipped it into the air and upside down.

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Around the Nation
5:42 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Openly Gay Leader: Boy Scouts Won't Exist If Discrimination Continues

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:08 pm

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NPR Story
4:57 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Making Hispanics

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:05 pm

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NPR Story
4:56 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The First U.S. Colony: St. Augustine, Florida

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NPR Story
4:56 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Zorro: America's First Superhero

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NPR Story
4:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Celebrating George Washington: Border Style

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:05 pm

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NPR Story
4:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Don't Mess With Tejanos

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:05 pm

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NPR Story
4:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Chicano Youth Theater

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:05 pm

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NPR Story
4:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Why Latino History Matters

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:05 pm

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It's All Politics
4:50 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Politics Rewind: The First Cut Is The Deepest

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who was lagging in the polls in 2012 but ended up winning in Iowa, says debate criteria this time are too exclusive.
Jae C. Hong Associated Press

The perils of running behind in such a crowded field became painfully apparent to lagging GOP presidential hopefuls this week. Fox News announced that the first 2016 GOP debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland would be limited to the top 10 candidates, based on an average of the last five national polls. As of now, it's very possible former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (the only woman in the field), 2012 runner-up Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., could be among those excluded from the event, while someone with more name ID like reality TV star Donald Trump could make the cut.

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Sports
4:46 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

'Raising Ali' Remembers The 'Worst Mess In The History Of Sports'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:42 pm

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National Security
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:59 pm

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U.S.
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Obama: Camden, N.J., Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

Camden County Police Officer Virginia Matias and Officer Jose Vale often walk together when on foot patrol in Camden. Matias patrols sections of the city on foot so she can strike up conversations with business owners and residents. She says this makes her more familiar with what's going on than she would be if she stayed in her patrol car all day.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:07 pm

Camden, N.J., has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

He praised the Camden County Police Department's effort to improve community relations. The city still has a high crime rate, but the president says progress so far makes it a model for others.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Curse Of Lil B: Fans Blame Rapper For Houston Rockets' Bad Luck

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:42 pm

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National Security
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

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Middle East
4:43 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Saudi Mosque Attack

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