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18 Jul
1/ Sonia Gutierrez achieved her dream of becoming a reporter at her hometown news station KUSA 9News, but it came at a steep cost.

If she wanted to cover immigration, she was told, she had to disclose her own immigration status on air, in every story.
2/ Gutierrez says she balked at the station's directive. She was told she could continue pitching stories about immigration but, she says, she found them subjected to more scrutiny than that given to other reporters.
3/ She was ousted from her job along with two other Latina journalists. One had pushed editors to involve Black and Latino colleagues in more decisions about news coverage. The other was dropped as she was recovering from a stroke. She had also pushed for better coverage.
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4 Jul
🧵 245 years ago today, leaders representing 13 British colonies signed a document to declare independence.

It says "that all men are created equal" — but women, enslaved people, Indigenous people and many others were not held as equal at the time.
The document also includes a racist slur against Indigenous Americans.

Author David Treuer, who is Ojibwe, says there is a lot of diversity of opinion and thought among Native Americans — a community of more than 5 million people — about the document’s words.
In this thread of the Declaration of Independence, you can see a document with flaws and deeply ingrained hypocrisies.

It also laid the foundation for this country’s collective aspirations — the hopes for what America could be.
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22 Jun
1/ Néstor y Melvin son una de las 5,500 familias separadas por la política de cero tolerancia del presidente Trump. Ellos se han reunido, pero su futuro todavía es incierto. NPR presenta una investigación de su historia y el trauma que persiste.…
2/ Las familias que migran a los Estados Unidos de América Central y América del Sur en busca de asilo saben que dejan atrás sus seres queridos.

Lo que casi 5,500 de esas familias no sabían es que cuando llegaran a la frontera estadounidense-méxicana, serían separadas. Image
3/ Néstor y Melvin son un ejemplo de las familias separadas por la política de cero tolerancia del presidente Trump. Esto era parte de una estrategia para disminuir la inmigración legal e ilegal que los defensores de los inmigrantes han criticado como psicológicamente traumática. Image
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10 Jun
The federal government has known about inhumane conditions in tribal detention centers for nearly 2 decades. One watchdog even called the facilities a “national disgrace.”

But we found the system is still leading to inmate deaths.
17 years after a federal probe revealed widespread deaths, inmate abuse and attempted suicides in many of the more than 70 detention centers across the U.S., our investigation found continued neglect, disrepair and inaction.
Brandy Skunkcap was part of a string of deaths at one facility.

A guard decided to lock her up while intoxicated, failing to note her jaundice and complaints of illness. When she was found unresponsive after an apparent seizure — guards failed to initiate immediate first aid.
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4 Jun
1/ For decades, police misconduct records were secret in California. In the first episode of our police accountability podcast, On Our Watch, we find out what a new transparency law reveals about internal affairs.
2/ One officer used car inspections to hit on women. Another used police resources to run checks on women he was pursuing sexually.

But after they were quietly fired, no criminal investigation followed. Why hasn't #MeToo reached policing?
3/ After police shot and killed his son, Rick Perez runs into a wall of legal secrecy, and becomes convinced something is being hidden. On a new episode of On Our Watch, he tries to piece together what happened, and fights for greater police transparency.
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1 Jun
1/ The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins today and the National Hurricane Center has designated 21 storm names for the six-month period ending November 30.
2/ Just like the previous seven years, the season got an early start when Tropical Storm Ana formed in the Atlantic on May 22 .

Forecasters say that short-lived storm is a likely sign of what's predicted to be another above-average season.
3/ Tropical trivia:
Storm names repeat every six years — unless a storm is particularly destructive and then its name is retired.

There are no storms that begin with Q, U, X, Y and Z because of a lack of usable names.

Each season's storm names alternate between female and male.
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28 May
Asian Americans are still perceived as the “model minority.”

But this is a myth — one that flattens diverse experiences and doesn’t align with current statistics.

Here are misconceptions that have arisen from the trope.
MYTH #1: Asian Americans are a monolith

More than 22 million people of Asian descent live in the U.S. While those of East Asian and Southeast Asian descent make up the largest shares — no group makes up a majority.

A ​huge variety of ethnicities exist within regional groups.
MYTH #2: Asian Americans are high earners

A 2016 Pew study found Asian Americans were the most economically divided racial or ethnic group in the U.S. — with Asian Americans in the top 10th of the income distribution making 10.7 times more than those in the bottom 10th.
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28 May
In March, a man attacked a 65-year-old Filipino woman outside of an apartment building in Manhattan. Surveillance footage shows two men inside who saw — and did not help her.

It sparked a discussion about bystander intervention.

@NPRLifeKit found 5 options you can take🧵 Pictured: An illustration of two people who see a man attackAn illustration shows a woman's face.  The caption reads: If
1. Distract -- cause a distraction to make the person being harassed less of a target

2. Delegate -- ask for help from someone around you or an authority figure The caption reads: Distract -- cause a distraction to make tThe caption reads: Delegate -- ask for help from someone aro
3. Document -- record a video on your phone, take photos or write down detailed notes (laws about recording someone can vary)

4. Debrief -- talk with the person being harassed after the situation is over The caption reads: Document -- record a video on your phone,The caption reads: Debrief -- debrief with the person being
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1 Apr
THREAD: Here’s a daily recap of the #DerekChauvinTrial in 280 characters or less.

Follow @MPRnews for more.
March 29

• Eyewitness calls Chauvin’s knee on Floyd's neck “a blood choke”

• Prosecutor says Chauvin’s conduct was excessive and led to Floyd’s death

• 911 dispatcher says instincts told her “something’s wrong”

• Defense says Floyd died of "compromised heart" from drugs
🔗 Read more from Day 1 via @MPRnews:…
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19 Dec 20
The president's unsubstantiated tweets directly contradict Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said yesterday the massive SolarWinds cyberattack is “very significant” and that Russians are “pretty clearly” behind it.

Read more about Pompeo's comments:
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday said the hack "poses a grave risk" to federal, state and local governments as well as private companies and organizations.
Microsoft President Brad Smith: "This is not 'espionage as usual,' even in the digital age. Instead, it represents an act of recklessness that created a serious technological vulnerability for the United States and the world."
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17 Dec 20
So far, the list of U.S. government entities affected by the massive hack includes:

• the Commerce Department
• Department of Homeland Security
• the Pentagon
• the Treasury Department
• the Postal Service
• the National Institutes of Health
President Trump has yet to make any public mention of the hack, and members of his administration have said little beyond acknowledging that it happened and is being investigated.
U.S. national security agencies seem to have been blindsided by news that hackers — suspected to be Russia's foreign intelligence service — have been digging around inside government systems, possibly since the spring.
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12 Nov 20
From YouTube to Facebook, most social media companies encourage users to watch and create livestreams to keep people’s attention.

But as the world saw during election week, these platforms struggle to monitor and curb misinformation in these videos. 🧵
Even when violent threats are streamed, thousands may have seen the videos before action is taken.

When Steve Bannon called for the beheadings of 2 officials, Facebook and YouTube took his video down — after it already got hundreds of thousands of views.
And video removed from one platform may show up on another.

A YouTube livestream or TikTok video may be reposted on Twitter or Instagram, making policy enforcement seem like a game of whack-a-mole.
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3 Nov 20
Here's a list of the times that final polls close in each state, along with the number of electoral votes each has listed in parentheses next to its name:
Final polls close at 7 p.m. ET:

—Georgia (16 electoral votes)
—Indiana (11)
—Kentucky (8)
—South Carolina (9)
—Vermont (3)
—Virginia (13)
Final polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET:

—North Carolina (15 electoral votes)
—Ohio (18)
—West Virginia (5)
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10 Sep 20
If you know someone struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help.

Start by reaching out.

Here are 9 things you can do to make a difference for someone who is struggling. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
1️⃣ Recognize the warning signs: Signs of suicide risk include changes in mood and behavior, an expert says.

It’s also important to pay attention to a person’s words.
2️⃣ Reach out and ask, 'Are you OK?'

People who are having thoughts of suicide often feel trapped and alone, experts say.

Reaching out and offering support may reduce the sense of isolation.
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8 Sep 20
Nearly a decade ago, Fukushima was devastated by one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters.

Since then, Japan has poured billions of dollars into recovery.

But what does recovery really mean?

We traveled there to find out.
In the 1960s & '70s, Japan’s energy demands were rising along with its economic power. But the country had few homegrown fuel sources.

So, it began offering rural communities money to host nuclear power plants.
54 nuclear reactors were built across a country rich in fault lines, active volcanoes and tsunami-prone coasts.

It was risky. But experts stressed the safety of nuclear power.

By the early 2000s, it accounted for over a quarter of Japan’s electricity.
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27 Aug 20
Only one other storm is known to have hit Louisiana with as much raw power as Hurricane Laura: Last Island in 1856, which also had 150 mph winds, according to meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.
Here's a text-only version of our site for anyone who needs to stay updated on Hurricane Laura news and keep battery and data usage to a minimum:
Hurricane Laura will remain a hurricane "almost into Arkansas," the National Hurricane Center's director said Thursday morning — warning that areas far inland could still see flooding and power outages.
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25 Aug 20
We reviewed sex offender registries nationwide and found a system rife with errors and outdated information.

Law enforcement says they don't know the whereabouts of tens of thousands of offenders.

Often they're hiding in plain sight.…
NPR combed through sex offender registries from all 50 states and D.C.

We found wrong addresses, names of offenders who'd died, and more than 25,000 convicted U.S. sex offenders and predators whose whereabouts are unknown to law enforcement. Image
Authorities across the U.S. say finding offenders can be hard when they don't register. But we found many easily — using public records.

Like Curtis Lang, Sr., who is required to register every 3 months for life.

He hasn't in 5 years. Image
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24 Aug 20
JUST IN: Jerry Falwell, Jr. has officially resigned as president of Liberty University after a series of controversies, a university source confirms to NPR.
Falwell's departure comes on the heels of a Reuters investigation in which Falwell's former business partner claimed he had a multi-year sexual relationship with Falwell's wife that involved Falwell looking on while the pair engaged in sex acts.
Falwell has faced multiple controversies in recent years — including questionable business dealings, accusations of racial insensitivity, and allegations of other behavior considered inappropriate for the head of a conservative religious institution.…
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22 Aug 20
At least 550,000 absentee ballots have been rejected in this year's presidential primaries, an NPR analysis finds.

And that's almost certainly an underestimate since not all states have made the information on rejected mail-in ballots available.
Experts said first-time absentee voters are much more likely to make the kinds of mistakes that lead to rejected ballots.

That raises alarms for November, when tens of millions of more voters are expected to vote by mail — many for the first time.
Most absentee or mail-in ballots are rejected because:

• required signatures are missing
• signatures don't match the one on record
• the ballot arrives too late
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21 Aug 20
Joe Biden is formally accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president at the #DemConvention.

We're annotating his remarks live with analysis and fact checks.

Follow along 👇
Joe Biden: "History has delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America’s ever faced. Four, four historic crises. All at the same time. A perfect storm." Image
Joe Biden slammed President Trump for continuing his administration's fight against the Affordable Care Act. Image
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10 Aug 20
Just in: A shooting outside the White House caused the president's press briefing to be briefly interrupted.

The Secret Service will hold its own briefing later today about the incident.
The Secret Service has confirmed there was an officer-involved shooting outside the White House:
A spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department says the Secret Service "called to tell us that we needed to respond to a patient with a gunshot injury."

The person had critical, life-threatening injuries, and was shot at least once.
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