1:27pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Salt

We Didn't Believe In 'Artisanal' Toast, Until We Made Our Own

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:24 pm

Fire-roasted toast will satisfy the smoke fiends at the breakfast table.
Eliza Barclay/NPR

Leave it to San Francisco to turn one of the simplest — and cheapest — dishes into the trendy snack du jour.

We're talking about toast.

"Artisanal" toast is made from inch-thick, snow-white or grainy slices, lathered in butter and cinnamon or peanut butter and honey, then wrapped individually in wax paper.

And you think that latte is expensive. Each one of these slices will set you back at least $3.50.

The toast craze started at an unlikely location: a modest coffee shop, called Trouble, about four blocks from San Francisco's sleepy Ocean Beach.

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1:23pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Two-Way

45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend

The Chicago skyline. The city's police chief says his officers can't keep up with the number of illegal weapons on the city's streets.
Carolyn Kaster AP

There are more data to add to Chicago's well-documented problem with gun violence.

Headlines such as this from the Chicago Sun-Times — "In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.

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12:34pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka

British tourist Naomi Coleman displays the tattoo that has gotten her deported from Sri Lanka.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on her arm. Authorities say the ink shows disrespect for religious feelings in the majority-Buddhist nation.

Naomi Coleman, 37, says she got through immigration at the airport near the capital, Colombo, without incident, despite wearing a short-sleeved shirt that exposed the tattoo of a Buddha seated on a bed of lotus flowers.

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11:27am

Tue April 22, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Rules On Race-Based College Admissions

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 11:34 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

The Supreme Court this morning, upheld a ban on using racial preferences in admissions to the public universities of Michigan. The ban was enacted by referendum as an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 and struck down by a lower court. Today, the justices voted 6-to-2 to say the federal courts could not do that and the ban had to stand.

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11:01am

Tue April 22, 2014
The Two-Way

'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:28 pm

Vice President Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke with reporters Tuesday in Kiev.
Sergey Dolzhenko EPA/Landov

10:47am

Tue April 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:12 pm

A parishioner holds the Holy Bible during a service. A Louisiana bill that would have made the Bible the state's official book has been withdrawn.
Kevin Rivoli The Post-Standard /Landov

The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.

As we reported last week, a mix of Republicans and Democrats had moved the largely symbolic bill, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Carmody of Shreveport, out of committee on an 8-5 vote.

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10:22am

Tue April 22, 2014
Local

Shreveport surgeon to be awarded 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Dr. Quyen Chu, chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, will receive the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Two LSU Health Shreveport physicians are among more than 100 people who will be honored in May as recipients of this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  The ceremony will take place on the historic New York City island.

The award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to a U.S. immigrant or native-born citizen who has made significant contributions to society.

Dr. Quyen Chu is chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport. His family fled Vietnam in 1975, when he was seven.

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

10:03am

Tue April 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:46 am

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People who qualified for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act aren't necessarily locked into the plan they chose. And that can be good news for people whose income fluctuates during the year. Here's our response to the latest reader questions on coverage through the health exchanges.

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10:01am

Tue April 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Study: 2 In 5 Americans Earning Degrees After High School

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 12:37 pm

America may have a shot at rejoining the world's most educated nations by 2025, according to a report released Monday by the Lumina Foundation.

The Indianapolis-based foundation's annual report finds some encouraging data to counter the familiar story of a nation that is famed for its colleges and universities but trails many other countries when it comes to the percentage of people with a degree beyond high school.

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