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8:57 am
Sun May 25, 2014

In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:03 am

New Orleans may be the nominal birthplace of jazz, though it's also where a jazz tradition associated with death began: The jazz funeral, in which mourners taking a casket to the cemetery are accompanied by a band playing spirituals, hymns and dirges.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Hosts Vigil For Victims Of Killing Rampage

A student weeps during a candlelight vigil on Sunday for the victims of a killing spree in Isla Vista, on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 4:31 pm

A day after a gunman went on a killing spree in the college town of Isla Vista, Calif., the community was trying to come to terms with the loss of the victims and the cold, deliberate manner in which the rampage was perpetrated.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports that as the sun went down on Saturday, students and faculty gathered on campus, holding candles and singing "Amazing Grace."

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Around the Nation
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Doing The Laundry For Social Good

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

"For-profit, for good" is the mantra of a handful of startups trying to make Philadelphia a social enterprise hub. One of those companies is a bike-delivery laundry service that's now expanding.

Europe
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Separatists Shut Down Polling Places In East Ukraine Cities

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Correspondent Peter Kenyon tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voting is brisk in Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine — except in the east, where pro-Russian separatists have shut down polls.

The Impact of War
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Should VA Secretary Shinseki Step Down?

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. This coming week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is expected to update President Obama on a nationwide review on VA facilities. Many VA hospitals have been accused of covering up long wait times for veterans and cooking the books to hide these delays. Shinseki announced yesterday that some VA clinics would enhance their capacity and the administration would also make it easier for veterans to get more of their care from private facilities.

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Around the Nation
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

How To Rescue 20 Million Angry Bees

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Every year, millions of commercial honey bees hit the road headed to farms around the country to pollinate crops. Occasionally, there are mishaps like the one that took place this past week in Delaware when a tractor-trailer carrying hundreds of beehives tipped over on the highway.

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Middle East
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Egypt's Women Face A Struggle No Matter Who Comes To Power

As Egyptians prepare for the presidential election Monday, Egypt's first female presidential candidate Bothaina Kamel says women must pay a price to participate in public life.
Maya Alleruzzo AP

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:05 pm

In 2012, Bothaina Kamel became the first woman to run for president in Egypt. She didn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, but her candidacy became a powerful symbol.

It wasn't just because she is a woman, but also because she stands for the kind of social change many Egyptians hoped would come after the revolution that removed President Hosni Mubarak from power.

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Middle East
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

El-Sissi Is Clear Front-Runner In Egypt Presidential Contest

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 2:06 pm

Egyptians go to the polls this week, and the front-runner is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. His supporters say he'll bring order to the country, but others say Mohammed Morsi is still the legitimate president.

Latin America
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contraband Venezuelan Food Pours Into Colombia's Markets

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Shortages of basic foodstuffs have fueled months of protests against Venezuela's socialist government. Some food producers are smuggling food across the border to get higher prices.

Middle East
7:02 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Pope Walks In Bethlehem, Part Of His 'Pilgrimage For Prayer'

Originally published on Sun May 25, 2014 10:51 am

Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.

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