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5:37 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Growing doubts that Chechens behind Nemtsov assassination

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov continue to leave flowers on the bridge where he was shot down more than two weeks ago, within view of the Kremlin.

Charles Maynes

There are lots of mysteries swirling around Russia these days. One of the biggest one was resolved when Russian President Vladimir made a brief public appearance, his first after a mysterious 10-day disappearance.

But the other big mystery — finding out who's responsible for the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov — is still going strong.

Investigators have arrested five suspects, all of whom are men of Chechen origin and come from Russia's majority-Muslim North Caucasus region.

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5:37 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

On St. Patrick’s Day, Mexico remembers the Irishmen who fought for Mexico against the US

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world — even in Mexico.

“Every St Patrick’s Day, the first toast that I make is in honor of the San Patricios,” says Martin Paredes, a Mexican blogger based in the US. “A group of Irishmen came to the defense of Mexico, and many of them died in defense of Mexico. That has to be lauded as one of the greatest honors ever, because they were fighting for an adopted nation — and they died for an adopted nation.”

The story is pretty complex and goes back to the Mexican-American War, from 1846 to 1848.

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5:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Photos of a forgotten China drop in one man's lap

Have you ever had one of those moments where you couldn't believe your luck? Perhaps a promotion at work? Finding much-needed cash in the couch cushions or on the ground?

Or, how about being at that perfect time at that perfect place when you're handed something of historical value?

That happened to Joseph Ho while he was working the front desk at the Chinese Historical Museum in San Diego.

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5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

This Florida man escaped from North Korea in a MiG-15 fighter jet

No Kum Sok, age 3, wearsing a pith helmet, with his father, No Zae Hiub (left), an all-star pitcher for his company’s baseball team, in Sinhung, Korea, in 1935.

Courtesy of Kenneth Rowe

Plenty of American families have wild stories about how their ancestors came to settle in the United States. But few of them involve someone defecting from an enemy nation in a fighter plane.

Kenneth Rowe is an 83-year-old retired engineer from Daytona Beach, Florida. No Kum Sok is the name he was born with in northern Korea. But going back to 1943, when No was an elementary school student, he went by the Japanese name of Okamura Kyoshi.

“The Japanese forced all the Koreans to change [their names] to Japanese sounding name[s],” Rowe says.

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4:09 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Miami-Dade Commission Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Mega-Mall

American Dream Miami, the proposed mega-mall.
Credit Triple Five

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to approve a land deal for the development of what would be the nation's largest mall.

The proposed mega-mall, American Dream Miami, would cost approximately $4 billion to build and would occupy 200 acres of west Miami-Dade. The park would contain aquatic attractions such as an indoor ski slope, a water park and a submarine ride.

The land deal allows Triple Five -- the mall's developer -- to purchase the 82 acres of Miami-Dade property owned by the state.

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3:59 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Ask Mayor Philip Levine: How Is Miami Beach At 100?

Pier Park in Miami Beach, 1957.
Credit Flashback Miami / Miami Herald

WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman and the Miami Herald's Joey Flechas brought Miami Beach residents' questions, along with their own, to Mayor Philip Levine last night.

You can see our Twitter chat about life on Miami Beach below or find it on Twitter at @WLRN using the hashtag #MB100

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1:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Live Webcast: Doctor and patient conversations about serious illness and mortality

Health workers in protective suits stand near a window at an isolation ward on the sixth floor of Madrid's Carlos III Hospital October 12, 2014.

Paul Hanna/Reuters

Many Americans may confront illnesses so serious that they are life threatening. These diagnoses may come with treatment attempts and hospital stays. What they may not include are honest and open conversations about the final stages of life.

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12:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Broward School Board Suspends Teacher Who Used Slur Against Muslim Student

Deyab Houssein Wardani, left, and his father Youseff Wardani.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Broward County School Board voted Tuesday to suspend a teacher who was accused of calling her student "a raghead Taliban."

Maria Valdes, a French teacher at Cypress Bay High School, will be suspended for five days without pay and must complete mandatory diversity training.

The school board passed the item with no discussion.

Valdes allegedly made the comments to 14-year-old Deyab Houssein Wardani as he entered class wearing a hoodie.

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6:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

What activists today can learn from an unlikely alliance between LGBT advocates and striking miners in the 1980s UK

Members of LGSM take part in the Pride ‘85 march.

Courtesy of the People's History Museum

The United Kingdom was a country in turmoil in 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had all but declared war on the country's coal miners, and thousands of them were on strike to protest the threatened closure of 20 mines. The miners received help from an unlikely partner: the gay community.

"Pride," a historical comedy-drama written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, explores that little-known alliance.

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5:51 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

For this hip-hop artist, black lives do matter — and it's time to take a stand

Hip-hop artist D.Hawk joined fellow demonstrators this week at a Black Lives Matter protest at the University of Texas.

He was there to ask his fellow musicians to stand up and do something to help heal the wounds after death of Michael Brown, who was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

The Austin-based rapper wrote a song following Brown's death focused on why African American men need to support each other.

D.Hawk met us outside the studios of KUT in Austin to perform his new song, "I'd Rather Be Free."


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5:33 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Meet the tech activist who works for the White House

Vivian Graubard talks on a bench in Austin, Texas. She's the US Digital Services advisor to the White House's Chief Technology Officer.

Steven Davy

Activists and campaigners aren't the only people trying to use digital tools for social change: Even the White House is getting in on the act.

President Barack Obama recently appointing the country's first chief technology officer. Vivian Graubard is the US Digital Services advisor to the new office.

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5:18 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

He's going to be huge. Before that happens watch Conrad Sewell sing his hit 'Hold Me Up'

It's always fun to see a young artist before they hit it big. It's a pretty safe bet that Australian singer Conrad Sewell is a star on the rise.

When we met Conrad at the Spotify House at SXSW 2015, he had just finished his set in front of hundreds of screaming fans under the sun in Austin, Texas.

People were dancing; there was certainly a party atmosphere. But, Conrad was nice enough to take a short walk with us to a quiet corner where he sang an acoustic version of his song "Hold Me Up."


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3:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Mexico's Centavrvs re-makes 'Mańana No' for cowbell and guitar

Thousands of people from around the world descend on Austin every March for SXSW. It's a conference where big thinkers come to share their ideas.

But, there's also the party. And, being Austin, there's a lot of live music.

Just east of the convention center, Swedish start-up Spotify took over a house and built a stage for a great line-up of artists. Included in the billing was Centavrvs, from Mexico City.

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3:11 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

From an idyllic back porch in Austin, Amason performs 'Went To War'

We had to take a long taxi ride out to the house where Amason was staying while in Austin for SXSW.

It's sunny and warm in Austin during SXSW, and the Swedish band invited us to their back porch were they were setup to play in a truly idyllic setting.

For this private performance, Amason played their song "Went To War".


From PRI's The World ©2015 Public Radio International

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3:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

The man who escaped the Tsarnaev brothers takes the stand in Boston

A blood-stained message prosecutors say Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote on the inside of a boat. The undated photo was presented as evidence to jurors at Tsarnaev's trial in Boston.

Reuters/US Department of Justice

The trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been filled with dramatic and gut-wrenching testimony. But even in that context, the story of Dun Meng stands out.

“[Meng] was the individual who was carjacked in Cambridge on April 18, 2013," says reporter Phillip Martin, who's covering the trial for Boston's WGBH. "The carjacker was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was later killed, of course, in Watertown in a shoot-out. The car following was driven by his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev."

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