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Longtime DC Lawyer Is White House's Next Top Counsel

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.

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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state's public universities.

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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 11:51am

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:50am

The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.

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Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:49am

Members of this Nepalese community are renowned for their climbing skills and remarkable endurance at high altitudes. They are paid well by local standards, but it's a job fraught with risk.

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Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For D.C. Power Outage

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:31am

A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all? Michigan.

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Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:30am

The Army plans to take all Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard. The Guard says that's an insult, but Army leaders say it's not personal — it's just about saving money.

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In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:12am

Terri Lynn Land, a Republican running for Senate in Michigan, says she knows more about being a woman than the male Democratic congressman who's attacking her.

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Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?

New York Times book reviews - April 22, 2014 - 8:01am
Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.






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Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 4:13am

Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.

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Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:01am

Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.

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The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance

NPR Books - April 21, 2014 - 1:28pm

The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.

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Essay: Gabriel García Márquez’s Work Was Rooted in the Real

New York Times book reviews - April 21, 2014 - 10:37am
Gabriel García Márquez’s fantastical stories gained dramatic and emotional force from their deep roots in reality.






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After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest

NPR Top Stories - April 21, 2014 - 6:35am

The deaths last week of at least 13 guides have led others to issue demands, including for more compensation for families of the dead. They're considering a boycott if the requests aren't granted.

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Apply for Elementary School Library Mini-Grants: Deadline May 28

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - April 21, 2014 - 6:33am
rtm-logo.png Application Deadline: May 28, 2014

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014-2015 Elementary School Library Mini-Grants are now available. Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to purchase books to increase access for Idaho’s youngest students. Schools with developmental preschool programs on school grounds are ranked highest. Schools must allow children in the programs to check out more than one book from the school library to take home starting the first semester of school. 

The amount of reading done in homes is the single most important factor in developing children’s literacy skills. This grant program has three primary goals:
1) Increase the amount of reading done in homes of children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and first grade.
2) Increase access to age-appropriate quality nonfiction and fiction titles in elementary school libraries.
3) Increase the number of children reading on grade level. 

 Funds from this program can be used to purchase books to help ensure that access to materials starts from the beginning of children’s schooling. State funding has been allocated through the legislative process through ICfL's Read to Me program to help increase access to print for Idaho’s youngest students. This is a great year to apply as the Idaho Legislature has appropriated an additional $100,000 for the mini-grants on a one-year basis – for a total allocation of $200,000 for the 2014-2015 school year.

More information about the grants, including lists of past recipients and hotlinks to the application in a Word format, can be found at http://libraries.idaho.gov/school-access-mini-grants.

Please contact Stephanie Bailey-White with any questions or for more information: 
Stephanie Bailey-White, Projects Coordinator
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702
208.639.4145  or 800.458.3271 (Idaho only)
stephanie.bailey-white@libraries.idaho.gov
Read to Me website: http://libraries.idaho.gov/readtome
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/readtomeidaho

Applications need to be mailed to ICfL by May 28, 2014.
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Win Tin, Myanmar's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner, Dies

NPR Top Stories - April 21, 2014 - 5:36am

The former newspaper editor, who co-founded the National League for Democracy with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, spent 19 years in prison until his release in 2008. He died Monday of organ failure.

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Live Blog: The 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

NPR Top Stories - April 21, 2014 - 5:29am

The twin bombings of 2013 cast a long shadow on the event. Still, a field of 36,000 is hitting the streets of Boston to participate in the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world.

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Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says

NPR Top Stories - April 21, 2014 - 4:47am

"Kid's lucky to be alive," an FBI spokesman says of a 16-year-old boy who authorities think stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.

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