12:39pm

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:47 pm

A map image shows the exterior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a church that serves tourists visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.
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Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.

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11:31am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 2:24 pm

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxer who spent years wrongfully incarcerated for murder, has died at age 76. his life inspired a Bob Dylan protest song and the film Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.
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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter, whose story inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Denzel Washington film, was 76.

Carter was a contender for the middleweight boxing crown in the 1960s, but his life and career were derailed when he and another man were convicted of three murders that took place at a bar in Paterson, N.J., in 1966.

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11:28am

Sun April 20, 2014
Religion

This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

Since 2004, members of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church have continuously occupied the building to keep it from shutting down.
Maryellen Rogers

Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.

With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.

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11:13am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Protojournalist

Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 1:23 pm

What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been Google Frecking for pandas.

Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.

Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. We directed Google to send us news about pandas "when it happens" and we asked for "all results."

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10:34am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 5:04 pm

A local resident inspects burnt-out cars after a night gunfight at a checkpoint under control of pro-Russian militants in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk Sunday.
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A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce a truce for this Easter weekend.

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8:41am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 2:18 pm

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica Sunday, after leading Easter Mass in the Vatican.
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A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:

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8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Africa

Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo this past week, a noted conservationist is recovering from gunshot wounds after an attack by unknown assailants. Forty-three-year-old Emmanuel de Merode is a Belgian Prince. He is also the director of Africa's oldest nature preserve, Virunga National Park. It's a world heritage site and one of the most bio diverse places on Earth. Nearly a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the park.

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8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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Today, some 30,000 people will converge in Denver, Colo. for the 5th annual Cannabis Cup, a marijuana festival and tradeshow. It's the first time the event is being held after legal marijuana sales went into effect January 1 of this year. To learn more about the event, we're joined by Ricardo Baca. He's the editor of "The Cannabist" blog at the Denver Post. Thanks so much for being with us, Ricardo.

RICARDO BACA: Hey. Thank you.

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8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Europe

Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 11:53 am

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