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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer

 

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'Ole Miss' Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:04:00 -0400
The University of Mississippi is making an ongoing effort to remove potentially divisive and racially charged symbols to try and make the campus more welcoming, but not everybody welcomes the changes. 
Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages In 6 More States  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:10:00 -0400
With the addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage in 32 states and the capital. 
Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:57:00 -0400
State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger. 
Details Emerge About Washington State High School Shooting  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:52:00 -0400
Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene — and in at least one case, a teacher is being credited with helping to prevent more killing. 
Health Care Worker Tests Negative For Ebola In NJ, Stays In Quarantine  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:36:00 -0400
The woman was isolated Friday as she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She had no symptoms of the disease; she developed a fever and was taken to a nearby hospital. 
Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:45 -0400
How strong is the U.S.-Turkey alliance against the Islamic State? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone. 
New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:45 -0400
New York and New Jersey will require a 21-day quarantine for those who had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. Some worry the rules could discourage health workers from volunteering. 
Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:00 -0400
Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list. 
No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:58:00 -0400
The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement. 
New York, New Jersey Will Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contact  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:51:34 -0400
The announcement follows the positive Ebola test that came back Thursday night for Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently had returned to New York City after a stint with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. 
Was CDC Too Quick To Blame Dallas Nurses In Care Of Ebola Patient?  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:35:00 -0400
It was initially implied that nurses made many of the errors in the handling of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Further scrutiny shows they were not at fault. 
For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:19 -0400
The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs. 
Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:28:40 -0400
When President Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday, it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her survival. 
For Hospitals, Doing More On Ebola May Mean Less Elsewhere  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:20:00 -0400
The majority of hospitals are training their staff to care for Ebola patients, a survey finds. But infection control specialists say that can mean losing the capacity to handle more common infections. 
New York Ebola Case Raises Questions About U.S. Readiness  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:07 -0400
The first case of Ebola in New York City is raising new questions about U.S. readiness and response to the disease. 
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