5:23am

Wed April 3, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday April 3, 2013

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  • 93rd Day of 2013 / 272 Remaining
  • 79 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:6:50
  • Sunset:7:35
  • 12 Hours 45 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:2:30am
  • Moon Set:1:00pm
  • Moon’s Phase:43 %
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  • Full Pink Moon
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  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This moon’s  name came from the herb moss pink, or wild gr

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5:19am

Wed April 3, 2013
Health Care

White House Delays Part Of Health Care Law

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Obama administration is delaying the start of a key piece of the Affordable Care Act - the national healthcare law. Workers in small businesses will have to wait an additional year to be able to choose from more than one plan in the new online marketplace that start next January. NPR's Julie Rovner reports that the change might dampen enthusiasm, at least at the start. But not everyone thinks that's a bad thing.

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5:19am

Wed April 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Cold Snap Delays Maryland Crabbing Season

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Punxsutawney Phil has his counterpart in the average Maryland crab - except while Phil supposedly predicts the weather and this year missed a cold snap, Maryland crabs react in real time. This week was supposed to be the start of crabbing season but the chill in the Chesapeake has left the water too cold for the crabs to come out of the mud. It turns out this is extending their life spans - since it means watermen can't catch them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:06am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Author And Wife Of Amazon CEO Defends Online Retailer

Mackenzie Bezos and Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com attend the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Mackenzie Bezos, the author of the novel Traps and the wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, defended the company publicly for the first time to The Times [paywall protected], calling it "great for authors and books." She herself is not published by Amazon.
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4:54am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

'Fired' Could Be Next F-Word For Rutgers Coach Seen Berating Players

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 9:38 am

Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice during a game in March.
Chris Szagola CSM/Landov

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 11:10 a.m. ET.)

Responding to outrage from around the nation after videotape of men's basketball coach Mike Rice assaulting his players and spewing homophobic slurs at them was aired on ESPN, New Jersey's Rutgers University fired Rice at mid-morning Wednesday.

The 44-year-old "visibly distraught" Rice, WABC in New York reports, told reporters earlier in the day that:

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4:23am

Wed April 3, 2013
Around the Nation

911 Dispatcher Asks Her Mom To Rescue Kayaker

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Raedyn Grasseth might get the award for most creative 911 operator. The Washington state woman dispatched an officer to rescue a stranded kayaker on the Colombia River. The boater was in powerful currents, hanging onto a pile of logs. Grasseth had a feeling she might not be reached in time. And so, she called an experienced kayaker who happened to live nearby, her mother. The dispatcher's mom paddled out and within minutes brought the woman to safety.

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3:52am

Wed April 3, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea's Brinksmanship: Same As Before, More Dangerous Or Both?

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:47 am

Turned back: South Korean trucks returned Wednesday after being barred from entering a joint industrial complex just across the border inside North Korea.
Park Jin-hee Xinhua /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Louisa Lim and Steve Inskeep discuss North Korea

Wednesday's news from the Korean peninsula, where tensions seem to rise each day:

"North Korea ... barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run factory park just over the heavily armed border in the North, officials in Seoul said."

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3:22am

Wed April 3, 2013
NPR Story

Remembering Robert Remini

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:20 am

A former House historian, prolific biographer and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Robert Remini spent a lifetime exploring handwritten letters and other documents that illuminate the 19th century. He won a National Book Award for the three-volume The Life of Andrew Jackson.

3:22am

Wed April 3, 2013
NPR Story

Restaurants Take Risks For Big Rewards At Phoenix Airport

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you travel a lot you're probably doing a lot of meals in airports, maybe fast-food by Gate C31 or the chain coffee place nearby. Well, one of the busiest airports in the country is now bringing in local restaurants.

As Peter O'Dowd reports from member station KJZZ in Phoenix, these small businesses are taking a risk for a shot at a big reward.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

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1:34am

Wed April 3, 2013
Politics

Outrage Alone Won't Advance Gun Control Measures

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:42 am

President Obama urged Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence while speaking in the East Room of the White House last week. Standing with Obama are Vice President Joe Biden and, according to the White House, law enforcement officials, victims of gun violence and others, whom the White House did not want to name.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama is trying to regain some traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own.

On Wednesday, the president speaks in Colorado, where lawmakers recently passed a series of bills requiring background checks for all gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines.

Obama would like to see similar measures adopted nationwide. But if Colorado serves as an inspiration for the president, it also provides a cautionary tale.

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