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5:54 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Five Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Fresh oil puddles on the white sand in Orange Beach, Ala., during the BP oil spill in 2010.
Debbie Elliott NPR

At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore.

"On a good day you'd catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel," he says. Wood first learned to fish at the pier with his grandfather in 1969. "I've seen a lot of different things out here. It's been wonderful."

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The Salt
5:47 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

5 Million Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa, in 2009. This week, bird flu hit a large poultry facility in Iowa. It's not clear how the virus is evading the industry's biosecurity efforts.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Bird flu has been striking chicken and turkey farms in parts of the West and Midwest. This past week, it hit a flock of 5 million egg-laying chickens in northeastern Iowa.

The disease has a devastating impact. Entire flocks have been destroyed in an effort to keep the virus from spreading. To make matters even more frustrating, farmers aren't really sure what they can do to protect their flocks.

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NPR Ed
5:47 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Teaching Students To Hear The 'Music' In The Built World

Professor of Architecture Diana Agrest in her home studio — a place that houses her personal art collection and relics from her travels.
LA Johnson NPR

What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team.

Diana Agrest believes architecture is so much more than a marriage of form and function. For more than four decades, she's been trying to get her students to believe that too.

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Law
5:47 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Tulsa County, Okla., reserve deputy Robert Bates leaves his arraignment with attorney Tuesday. Bates fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, raising alarms about volunteer police officers who wear badges and carry gun.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Bob Ball is a real estate investor in Portland, Ore. — but that's just his day job. For the last 20 years, he's also been a volunteer cop.

"When I was new, it was the best time of my life. I got to go out there and wear a white hat and help people and make a difference in my community, one little piece at a time," Ball says. "That's a very, very fulfilling thing to do."

This is real police work: On one occasion, Ball had to pull his gun on a guy threatening a woman with a knife.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

In Sentencing Phase, Prosecutors Say Tsarnaev Is 'Unrepentant And Unchanged'

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is "unrepentant and unchanged."

That's what a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday as they weighed whether the 21-year-old convicted in the bombings that killed three people and left 264 others wounded should get the death penalty.

NPR's Tovia Smith reports that the prosecution presented jurors with four large portraits of the victims and one photo of Tsarnaev giving the middle finger to a security camera in his jail cell.

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