Mark Memmott http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria Soldiers, "vigilantes and volunteers," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/world/africa/nigeria-girls-abducted/" target="_blank">CNN writes</a>, are searching for about 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who are reportedly in the hands of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.<p>The students, along with about 100 other girls, were grabbed by Boko Haram gunmen on Monday in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok after a firefight with guards at their school. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52640 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/43-year-old-cold-case-closed-south-dakota-girls-died-accident Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.<p>Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the evidence would appear to indicate an accident," South Dakota Attorney Gen. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52636 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ukraine-reports-soldiers-switching-pro-russia-side Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.<p>According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.<p>In the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303640418/the-latest-from-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">Ari reported on<em Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52635 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/hundreds-missing-after-ferry-sinks-south-korea-coast <h6>This post is being updated as news comes in.</h6><p>Many hours after the tragedy, close to 300 people were still missing following a ferry disaster Wednesday off the southern coast of South Korea. Most of those unaccounted for are high school students who were on a trip to a resort island.<p>The ship, which left the city of Incheon on South Korea's western coast Tuesday night, sent out a distress signal around 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday. That was 8 p.m. ET Tuesday. The trip south to Jeju Island was supposed to take about 14 hours. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52633 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/think-you-can-mail-your-taxes-midnight-think-again-gramps One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.<p>Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52590 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/berlusconi-ordered-do-community-service-senior-center Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/01/207949307/italys-high-court-affirms-berlusconis-tax-fraud-conviction" target="_blank">Berlusconi was convicted</a> "for masterminding a complex tax fraud at his TV network." While Berlusconi was given a four-year prison sentence, that was later commuted to one- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52578 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/idiot-gun-leaves-families-kansas-reeling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUpXMhnamvo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gwkSqr5mOg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H20HZQEkW_k</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52576 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ukrainian-military-moves-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52573 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/did-you-see-it-if-not-heres-blood-moon There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-crowds-20140414,0,664365.story#axzz2yriYmIs4" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> adds</a>, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."<p>The vi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52568 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/russian-attack-aircraft-buzzes-us-warship-black-sea The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.<p>According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.<p>The Russian aircraft did not appear to be carrying bombs or missiles. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52534 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/deficit-forecasts-shaved-likely-wont-shrink-much-longer The nonpartisan <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45229-UpdatedBudgetProjections_2.pdf" target="_blank">Congressional Budget Office said Monday</a> that it expects the federal deficit will be about $22 billion less this fiscal year than previously thought, and about $9 billion less than had been anticipated next year.<p>"But if current laws do not change," CBO warned, "the period of shrinking deficits will soon come to an end. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52525 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ohio-ordered-recognize-same-sex-marriages The state of Ohio was told by a federal judge Monday that it must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, <a href="https://twitter.com/joingles/status/455723813490425856" target="_blank">Ohio Public Radio and TV's Jo Ingles reports</a>.<p>The decision follows similar rulings by federal judges in other states and was not a surprise. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52526 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/search-jet-goes-underwater-oil-slick-also-being-analyzed On Day 38, the latest developments in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.<p><strong>-- Search Goes Below.</strong> "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/search-for-mh370-underwater-vehicle-bluefin21-deployed-to-find-planes-wreckage-20140414-36n2k.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>)<p>"Searchers are about to send Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52521 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/dozens-dead-scores-injured-after-bomb-blast-nigeria A rush-hour bomb blast Monday at a bus station near Nigeria's capital and other explosions that followed are thought to have killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120.<p>An Islamist group that believes Western education is sinful and takes other extremist stands is being blamed.<p>"Fingers are being pointed at Boko Haram, the terrorist network that has been threatening to attack Nigeria's capital," NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4513318/ofeibea-quist-arcton" target="_blank">Ofeibea Quist-Arcton</a> tells our Newscast Desk.<p>She adds: "Three years ago, Boko Haram claimed r Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52520 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ukraine-pro-russia-occupiers-stay-put-war-fears-grow "A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302857262/kiev-deadline-for-disarming-in-east-ukraine-passes" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, reminds our Newscast Desk that Ukraine's government has promised it will use force, if necessary, in a bid to regain control. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52518 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow 'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/suspect-killings-kansas-city-jewish-sites-linked-kkk <h6>(This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.)</h6><p>The man who shot and killed three people Sunday near Kansas City will face federal hate crime charges for the attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, authorities said Monday.<p>"This was a hate crime," Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief John Douglass told reporters at a midday news conference.<p>Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is already in jail. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52516 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/singer-songwriter-jesse-winchester-dies <a href="http://www.jessewinchester.com/index.html" target="_blank">Jesse Winchester</a>, whose "blend of folk, blues and country ... <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106087894" target="_blank">embodies the spirit of American music</a>," has died.<p>His manager, Keith Case, tells NPR's Jacob Ganz that Winchester died Friday morning in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52414 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/obama-nominates-new-health-secretary-replace-sebelius Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."<p>Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."<p>President Obama, at a White House ceremony in which he formally announced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/10/301581202/reports-health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-is-resigning" Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52400 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/pope-francis-asks-abuse-victims-forgiveness <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/174237289/pope-francis" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> asked Friday for forgiveness from the victims of pedophile priests in some of his strongest words to date about the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that:<p><blockquote><p>"The pope has come under fire from advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the issue.<p>"Friday, in off-the-cuff remarks to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, Francis said he felt compelled to take it upon himself to ask forgiveness for the evil that some priests Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52395 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness Optimism, But No Breakthrough In Search For Malaysian Jet http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/optimism-no-breakthrough-search-malaysian-jet Hopes were both raised and lowered Friday by officials involved in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52394 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Optimism, But No Breakthrough In Search For Malaysian Jet VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton; No Harm Done http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/video-woman-throws-shoe-hillary-clinton-no-harm-done <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16T6UJW5oWY</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52392 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton; No Harm Done Tragedy In California: Truck Hits Bus Full Of Students http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tragedy-california-truck-hits-bus-full-students A highway in Northern California was turned into an inferno Thursday when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of high school students.<p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/KTLA/status/454453794235904000" target="_blank">California Highway Patrol says</a> at least 10 people, including both drivers and five of the teenagers, were killed. An additional 30 or so people were injured. Those who survived escaped through smashed windows.<p>The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. local time on Interstate 5 near the town of Orland, 100 miles north of Sacramento. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52389 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Tragedy In California: Truck Hits Bus Full Of Students Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/stephen-colbert-will-take-over-late-show Breaking news <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSTweet/status/454287447795326978" target="_blank">on CBS-TV's Twitter feed</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Stephen Colbert to be next host of 'The Late Show'...press release coming"<p></blockquote><p>David Letterman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298889806/david-letterman-will-retire-in-2015" target="_blank">announced last week</a> that he plans to retire in 2015. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52331 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' 'Will I Survive, Or Will I Die?' Stabbing Survivor Wondered http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/will-i-survive-or-will-i-die-stabbing-survivor-wondered As he bled from a stab wound to his back Wednesday morning, the first thoughts that went through his mind were "will I survive, or will I die?" <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/300874766/murrysville-pa" target="_blank">one of the high school students injured Wednesday in Murrysville, Pa.</a>, told reporters Thursday.<p>Brett Hurt was among the first of more than 20 people (most of them students) injured when a young man wielding two steak knives began stabbing and slashing at other teens.<p>During a remarkable news conference Thursday morning at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa., th Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52327 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'Will I Survive, Or Will I Die?' Stabbing Survivor Wondered The Story Flips: Burger King Says It Isn't Moving Into Crimea http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/burger-king-looks-rule-crimea-after-mcdonalds-abdicates <h6><strong>We updated this post with a major development at 1:15 p.m. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52324 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Story Flips: Burger King Says It Isn't Moving Into Crimea Weekly Jobless Claims Drop To Near 7-Year Low http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/jobless-claims-drop-near-7-year-low There were 300,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits filed last week, the fewest since mid-May 2007, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20140571.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday</a>.<p>Claims were down 32,000 from the week before, the agency adds.<p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-usa-economy-idUSBREA390UQ20140410" target="_blank">Reuters says</a> the news "could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring."<p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-10/ Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52323 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net 'Stay With Me, Bud,' Mom Told Baby After Mudslide Trapped Them http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/stay-me-bud-mom-told-baby-after-mudslide-trapped-them The pain, anguish and fear comes through as a young mother who held on to her baby boy as their Oso, Wash., home was <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/293742350/mudslide" target="_blank">swallowed by a mudslide on March 22</a> describes the harrowing ordeal.<p>Here's how our colleagues at Seattle's KPLU <a href="http://kplu.org/post/slide-survivor-haunted-memories-horrible-rumbling-wet-sound-guilt" target="_blank">begin their story</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Amanda Skorjanc was sitting in her kitchen with her baby son, Duke, when she heard 'what sounded like a truck off a rumble strip.'<p>" 'And th Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52322 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/school-stabbing-suspect-was-nice-young-boy-attorney-says Until Wednesday, the 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who's charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault after a stabbing attack at his high school was known as "a nice young boy," his attorney said this morning. Now the sophomore is in custody after the attack that left more than 20 people — nearly all of them fellow students — injured.<p><a href="http://newday.blogs.cnn.com/" target="_blank">On CNN's <em>New Day</em></a>, lawyer Patrick Thomassey said "nobody would expect this." The teenager, he said, "has never had any mental health problems whatsoever ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52318 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/more-force-may-be-used-move-pro-russia-protesters-ukraine-says Tensions that wouldn't seem capable of rising even further are threatening to do just that with the news that Ukrainian authorities say they're ready to use force if necessary to remove pro-Russia protesters from government buildings they're occupying in eastern Ukraine.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579490860377829796?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303873604579490860377829796.html" target="_blank">From <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>:<p><blockquote><p>" 'I think that a resolution of this crisis will be f Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52279 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says At Least 20 Students Injured In Knife Attack At Pa. High School http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/many-students-stabbed-cut-pennsylvania-high-school (This post <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/09/300872511/many-students-stabbed-cut-at-pennsylvania-high-school/#0001" target="_self">is being updated</a> as news comes in.)<p>At least 20 teenagers and one adult were injured, two of them critically, Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., when a 16-year-old fellow student attacked them with two knives.<p>Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said during a press briefing that sophomore stabbed students in one wing of the school during a five-minute period. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 52258 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net At Least 20 Students Injured In Knife Attack At Pa. High School