1:53pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Africa

Despite Critics, Gambia Plans Dozens Of Executions

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 8:16 pm

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says all 47 death-row inmates will be executed by mid-September. Nine were killed this week by firing squad. Gambia's human rights record has frequently come under criticism during the 18 years of rule by Jammeh, shown here attending the African Union summit last month in Ethiopia.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

There is growing international criticism over plans by Gambia's hard-line president to execute all of the country's death-row inmates within the next couple of weeks.

Gambia's leader, President Yahya Jammeh, has long faced criticism for his human rights record. In a recent speech marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, the president vowed to put to death all prisoners facing the death penalty by mid-September, as a way to curb crime.

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1:34pm

Wed August 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Paralympics Begin In London, Near 'Spiritual Home' Of Games

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:23 pm

A team of torchbearers brings the Paralympic flame through Piccadilly Circus as the torch heads across London to the Olympic Stadium. The Paralympic Games' opening ceremony will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
LOCOG Getty Images

More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony is being held today. The games, which conclude on Sept. 9, include 20 sports such as cycling, judo and swimming — three sports that will hold medal events when competition begins in earnest Thursday.

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1:33pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Participation Nation

Reuniting Siblings In Lincoln, Neb.

Canoeing at Camp Catch-Up.
Courtesy of CCU

Camp Catch-Up, hosted by the publicly and privately supported Nebraska Children & Families Foundation, enables children separated by foster care and adoption to spend a fun-filled weekend with their brothers and sisters — at no cost to the families.

Whether campers haven't seen their siblings in a week or a year, they bond at camp as only siblings can, through activities structured to bring them together.

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1:04pm

Wed August 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Is Clint Eastwood Going To Make Mitt Romney's Day?

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 1:31 pm

Clint Eastwood.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images for AFI

Thanks to Townhall.com's Guy Benson, one of the hotter stories of the morning here in Tampa seems to be that actor/director/American icon Clint Eastwood is reportedly coming to the Republican National Convention and may be the "to be announced" speaker on Thursday night's schedule.

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12:55pm

Wed August 29, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Hurricane Isaac As Seen From The International Space Station

Isaac at night.
NASA Earth Observatory

For a bit of perspective on just how big Isaac is, NASA has released a video taken from the International Space Station, yesterday.

It shows the tropical cyclone churning slowly, its outer bands stretching for 200 miles:

Update at 12:47 p.m. ET. Isaac At Night:

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12:40pm

Wed August 29, 2012
Author Interviews

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters And Survival

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 1:58 pm

Victor LaValle is also the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, The Ecstatic and Big Machine.
E. Robateu Random House

In Victor LaValle's new novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night.

The plausibility of a monster roaming the hospital's halls made sense, says LaValle, who has a personal connection to the mentally ill.

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12:08pm

Wed August 29, 2012
U.S.

FEMA's Fugate On Isaac's Progress, Response

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 4:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

We've been hearing, all morning, reports of Hurricane Isaac coming ashore along the gulf coast, and we're going, now, to Craig Fugate. He is the FEMA Administrator, the Federal Emergency Management Agency - and he is spending the morning on the gulf coast. Mr. Fugate, where are you now?

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11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What Does Success Really Mean?

As the Republican National Convention continues, the major political parties are striving to articulate their vision of how to create a successful nation. Host Michel Martin offers her thoughts about how Americans define success.

11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Dance

Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, as we've kicked off our coverage of the Republican National Convention this week, we've asked a number of our guests what a successful country looks like to them. I'll explain why I'm asking that in my Can I Just Tell You essay. And that's coming up in a few minutes.

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11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
NPR Story

Did Ann Romney Win Hearts, And Votes?

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:03 pm

The Beauty Shop ladies take a look at what women voters want in this year's elections. Host Michel Martin checks in with Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root, Texas Republican delegate to the GOP convention Lisa Roper, and Janice Crouse of Concerned Women For America.

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