Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:23 pm
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death by a military jury. The same jury found Hasan guilty last week of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan also wounded more than 30 others in the attack.
We'll add more details as news emerges.
Update at 3:40 p.m. ET: Tossed From Army; Appeals Automatic
Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:57 pm
This week, Jess Jiang and Robert Smith visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt. (They also visited several other factories.) Here are some of the pictures Robert posted to our T-Shirt Tumblr.
Former President Bill Clinton tells the crowd that Americans today owe a tremendous debt to "those people who came here 50 years ago." Millions of us, he said, have lived the dream King talked about.
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Thousands of people, including Joyce Elliotte, march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the historic march for jobs and freedom.
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Dupont Park Seventh Day Adventists students carry posters of King as they pass the Washington Monument.
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Organizers of the event expanded the focus beyond race, to include issues like the environment, gay rights, the challenges facing the disabled.
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A steady rain fell during the event.
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Shayna Mason, 11, signs a poster of King following a march down Pennsylvania Avenue.
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President Obama spoke of the progress of the Rev. Martin Luther King's dream, in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday during the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration the March on Washington. It was the same spot where King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.
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King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, speaks during the ceremony. At 3 p.m. ET., the King family rang a bell that once hung in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., before the church was bombed weeks after the March on Washington. Four little girls died. Today the bell symbolizes what the civil rights movement accomplished and the bloody price many paid for the fight.
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Sandy Redman of Pine Top, N.C., cries as she listens to Obama speak. Redman attended the first march 50 years ago.
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John Mbugua and his son Giovanni Mbugua, 6, of San Jose, Calif., and Lavon Johnson and his son Mason Johnson, 2, of Fort Meade, Md., greet one another while marching with thousands of other people from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.
Vehicles carrying Syria's national flag and playing songs in support of President Bashar Assad drive through the streets of Damascus on Wednesday.
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Young people in the Syrian capital, Damascus, paint concrete roadblocks with the colors of the Syrian flag. With the threat of a U.S. strike growing, there are public displays of support for the Syrian state.
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Syrians wait in line to buy bread at a market in Damascus on Wednesday. Residents are stocking up on supplies in anticipation of a possible U.S. strike.
Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:37 pm
The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.
The likelihood of a U.S. strike against Syria seems to be setting in among the people of Damascus.
Just a couple of days ago, many residents seemed fairly blase. Now people are beginning to react with a mixture of patriotism, fear and dark humor. People are also starting to stock up on some nonperishable items.
St. Louis is about to get something it hasn't had in 152 years: control of its own police force.
Thanks to a statewide ballot measure approved last fall, Missouri officially hands over the keys to the squad cars on Sunday.
It's only right for the city, which spends $180 million annually on cops, to take command, says Maggie Crane, director of communications for Mayor Francis Slay. "This is really just an antiquated system that needed to be changed," she says.
It's easy to make fun of a certain kind of therapeutic language — the kind you hear all through the movie Short Term 12.
That title comes from the name of a group home for abused and/or unstable teens. Early on, a young counselor named Grace (Brie Larson) tells one smart-mouthed kid that "your attitude is not helping either one of us" — which would tend to make her a repressive drag in a typical Hollywood teen picture.
"For the first time in 60 years," our friends at WBEZ report, you can hear a 1952 speech given by a Chicago pastor that ends with "the famous crescendo" that Martin Luther King Jr. would echo 11 years later in his "I Have A Dream" speech.
The speaker at the 1952 Republican National Convention was Pastor Archibald Carey Jr., who would say:
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And I'm David Greene. Good morning.
Fifty years ago today, more than a quarter million Americans stepped out of chartered buses, trains and cars and marched towards the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. This morning, thousands have come again to the nation's capital to retrace those steps and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for jobs and freedom.
Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:36 pm
In the flood of stories about Steve Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft, a troubling symbol of the company's office culture keeps emerging. It's called "stack ranking," a system that had corrosive effects on Microsoft employees by encouraging workers to play office politics at the expense of focusing on creative, substantive work.
Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 1:41 pm
Join us at 12:30 p.m. ET this Thursday, August 29, for a live listening party with Neko Case. We'll play her new, epically titled album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, in its entirety. Afterward, Case will join All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton and NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson to discuss the record and take questions from listeners. You can post your questions in a chat room we'll open during the webcast. Or you can tweet your questions: #askneko
Trent Reznor (left) of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which puts its seventh album, <em>Hesitation Marks</em>, out next Tuesday. Rapper Earl Sweatshirt (right) released his major label debut on Tuesday.
This year, Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, joined the 11:35 p.m. nightly lineup — which put him in direct competition with two reining comedy kings: Jay Leno and Kimmel's idol, David Letterman.
Kimmel, who paid tribute to Letterman at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, didn't break the news to Letterman himself.
"Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, today pleaded guilty to a less serious form of perjury in a plea deal that requires her to serve one year of probation," the Orlando Sentinel writes.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are continuing our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which featured Martin Luther King Junior's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Now, though, we want to turn from looking at the past to thinking about the future, and to do that, we've called a new generation of people who are leading the movement toward social justice forward, but each in their own way - in the streets, in the media, on the web and in the board room.