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9:41 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Val James of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes warmup prior to a preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1986.
Graig Abel Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:03 am

The first black American hockey player in NHL history is telling his story almost 30 years after he retired.

Val James was a revered and feared fighter — known in hockey as an enforcer — during short stints for the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980s. But he was defenseless to the racist taunts and slurs that showered down on him from opposing teams' fans.

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National Security
7:43 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Hearings With Mixed Feelings

Relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks are periodically flown down to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to witness court proceedings against five men accused of plotting the attacks. For the witnesses of the most recent court session, the experience raised questions about justice, humanity and the ethics of the death penalty.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

Thad Rasmussen, 36, lost his mother, Rhonda, in the Sept. 11 attacks; she died at the Pentagon. This month, he sat in a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and looked at five men accused of planning those attacks.

"It was very difficult to see them as humans," he says.

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Cities Project
6:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Jay Austin's tiny house in Washington, D.C., has 10-foot ceilings, a loft bed over the bathroom and a galley-style kitchen.
Franklyn Cater NPR

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 11:53 am

Back in 2012, something unusual got started in an alleyway in an already tightly developed part of northeast Washington, D.C.

On an 11th-of-an-acre lot next to a cemetery, behind a block of row houses, tiny houses started to go up. And not just one little house in backyard, like you might see in many places. The builders billed this as an urban tiny house community.

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News
6:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

New York City produces its first homegrown ISIS recruits

Abdurasul Juraboev, one of two Brooklyn residents who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to support the Islamic State, worked at the The Gyro King restaurant in Flatbush.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Nineteen-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov was born in Kazakhstan. He worked at a cell phone repair kiosk, making between $1500 and $2000 a month, and shared an apartment with his friend, 24-year-old Abdurasul Juraboev. Juraboev, a citizen of Uzbekistan, worked at a restaurant called Gyro King in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood.

Those might be typical stories for young immigrant men trying to make it in the United States, except for what happened this week: Saidakhmetov and Juraboaev were arrested, along with a third man, for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

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Music News
5:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood.
David Giesbrecht Netflix

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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Middle East
5:53 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

ISIS's 'Jihadi John' Revealed As Londoner Born In Kuwait

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:47 am

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Washington Post contributor Souad Mekhennet. The Post broke the news about the identity of "Jihadi John," the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who speaks directly to the camera in ISIS videos. The identity was revealed as Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated college with a degree in computer programming.

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Parallels
5:53 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

For One Parliamentarian, A Stronger Jordan Is Key To Fighting ISIS

Jordan's election laws make it impossible for any one political party to build a strong bloc in Parliament. Observers say that's one reason for the country's weakness — and for the growing appeal of the messages used by militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Khalil Mazraawi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

There's a election law implemented in 2010 in Jordan known as "one person, one vote" that advocates of reform and democratization there regard, surprisingly, as a big step backward.

That's because of the strong ties Jordanians feel to family, clan and tribe, says Omar Razzaz, an economist and banker in Amman, the Jordanian capital.

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News
5:52 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Two Pakistani sisters out-Bieber the Bieb

Two sisters from Pakistan are charming the online world with their rendition of the Justin Bieber hit, "Baby."

Saania and Muqaddisa, 13 and 14, are from a small village near Lahore. A cell phone recording of their singing has gone viral.

They were tracked down by the Pakistani TV network Samaa, and recently appeared on another network's nationwide show, Good Morning Pakistan

They were given haircuts and makeovers.

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News
5:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Kids in Libya have been out of school for months, so this woman is bringing the classroom to them

A Libyan student stands with newly received textbooks in Benghazi on January 18, 2012.

Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters

As Libya was torn apart by a revolution in 2011, Haifa El-Zahawi left the country for the United States.

Now a dentist, she's looking for jobs. But she's also devoting herself to a different project: Teaching kids back in Libya.

The volatile security situation there has kept kids out of school since October. So if kids can't get to their classrooms, El-Zahawi thought, why not bring the classroom to them? The Benghazi Skype School was born.

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News
5:37 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Germany seeks to undermine Islamic extremists with religious education

Betul Ulusoy, center back, leads an educational tour of Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin.

Matthew Bell

Around 600 people have left Germany in the last year to go fight with extremist groups like the self-declared Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to German security officials. And law enforcement authorities are taking various steps to stem the flow.

Another thing Germany is doing to pre-empt the radicalization of young people is expanding Islamic education.

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News
5:34 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

The identity of ‘Jihadi John’ – the man in the ISIS beheading videos

In many ways, he is the personification of ISIS terror. The black-clad man with the British accent, seen in multiple ISIS beheading videos. He’s been dubbed ‘Jihadi John.’ But who is he?

The Washington Post has now identified him as a British citizen named Mohammed Emwazi. Adam Goldman was lead reporter on the story for the Post.

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News
5:22 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

A 'stimulating' film is causing a stir in Israel

Ori Gruder, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish filmmaker in Israel, is taking an intimate look at how his devout community comes to grips with a religious prohibition against masturbation.

In his new documentary, "Sacred Sperm," Gruder takes viewers into the closed-off world of Hasidic Jews — and recounts his own struggles with the prohibition.

The film opens with Gruder praying alone in a synagogue. “Oy,” he sighs. “God, give me the strength to stay sexually pure. Please, please help me.”

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The Two-Way
5:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Ahead Of Netanyahu's Speech To Congress, Hints Of A Thaw

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:25 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly meet with Sens. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Harry Reid, D-Nev., the chamber's top Democrat, after his March 3 speech to Congress.

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Author Interviews
4:52 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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Technology
4:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

FCC Approves New Rules Intended To Protect Open Internet

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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The Federal Communications Commission voted today to regulate Internet access more like a public utility, the vote split 3-2 along party lines. As NPR's Joel Rose reports, the vote reflects deep divisions over the future of the Internet.

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