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—Lewis Carroll (1832-98) [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] British mathematician, writer

 

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:08:14 -0400
A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn." 
U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:40:00 -0400
The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli. 
Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:52 -0400
Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance. 
Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:52 -0400
Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt. 
Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:52 -0400
Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon. 
Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400
Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England. 
Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:09:00 -0400
Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer. 
Hamas Launches Rockets After Rejecting Gaza Truce Extension  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:50:00 -0400
Israel's Cabinet had agreed to an additional four hours on an original 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, but Hamas refused. 
Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:36:00 -0400
The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks. 
Suspect In Philadelphia Hospital Shooting Had History Of Gun Arrests  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:28:25 -0400
The alleged shooter had at least four gun arrests, along with assault and drug charges, according to police and court records. 
Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:22:33 -0400
The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute. 
'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:32:00 -0400
Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country." 
Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:00 -0400
The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. 
Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:00 -0400
The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices. 
Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:42:00 -0400
At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.