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U.S.
7:26 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Razing Liberty: Miami's Gambit To Fix A Crime-Plagued Neighborhood

Liberty Square, a 700-unit low-rise complex, is in the heart of one of Miami's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. Miami officials recently announced plans to demolish the building and relocate residents to new public housing.
Nadege Green WLRN

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 2:52 pm

In Miami, officials have announced plans to replace a troubled public housing complex.

Liberty Square, in the heart of one of Miami's most crime-plagued neighborhoods, will be demolished; residents will be relocated to new public housing. Officials say it will improve living conditions and reduce violent crime.

Residents like the county's plan, but worry it may be the latest in a string of broken promises.

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Religion
7:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Vatican. Last year, Pope Francis named Pell as prefect of the newly formed Secretariat for the Economy to oversee the Vatican's finances.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:20 pm

When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.

As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's finances, long tainted by scandal.

Three days after his election, Pope Francis made clear his vision of what the Catholic Church should be when he exclaimed, "Oh, how I would love a poor church ... for the poor."

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Sports
7:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

$24B TV Deal Puts Cash In NBA Pockets

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:20 pm

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SIMON: No need to take in any NBA stars - a new TV contract will raise the team's salary cap before players have to start bussing tables at Applebee's. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us from Portlandia.

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It's All Politics
9:29 am
Sat March 7, 2015

How To Oust A House Speaker (Hint: Don't Even Try)

House Speaker John Boehner's job is secure, despite passing a bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security — a bill that most of his Republican colleagues opposed.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:53 am

Here's one story in Washington that just won't go away.

It's the tale of conservatives who are frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner and want to replace him midsession.

The latest murmurs of a coup surfaced after more than 50 Republicans voted against Boehner's plan last week to avert a partial-shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Digital Life
7:47 am
Sat March 7, 2015

U.S. Aims To Speed Up The Internet For The Disabled

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Television
7:26 am
Sat March 7, 2015

BBC's 'Line Of Duty' Stars Play The Cops That Other Cops Detest

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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History
7:26 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Teaching The Grim Reality Of The Donner Party

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Sports
7:26 am
Sat March 7, 2015

NCAA Sanctions Syracuse Coach: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Remembrances
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Author Interviews
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

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