4:47am

Thu September 6, 2012
The Two-Way

NFL Owner Art Modell Dies; He Was 'Vilified' In Cleveland, A Hero In Baltimore

Art Modell, then the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team beat the New York Giants in the January 2001 Super Bowl.
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The news that Art Modell died earlier today in Baltimore at the age of 87 has produced very different ledes from newspapers in the two cities where the former NFL owner was a major presence.

The Baltimore Sun writes that:

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4:44am

Thu September 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Alaska Zoo Holds Election For Honorary President

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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4:37am

Thu September 6, 2012
Animals

Vladimir Putin Tries To Help Birds Take Flight

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. President Vladimir Putin even wants Russia's birds to get behind him. Yesterday, he flew a motorized glider aimed at leading a flock of Siberian cranes raised in captivity to their winter nesting grounds. To appear to be one of them, Putin donned a white jumpsuit and helmet, though he drew the line at a beak. A Russians news agency reported only one bird followed Putin on his first flight, but he picked up a few more supporters later on. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:23am

Thu September 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Clinton And Other Dems Did Some Cherry-Picking, Fact Checkers Say

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 9:28 am

Former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday night.
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3:04am

Thu September 6, 2012
Law

Mass. Prison Reviews Court's Transgender Ruling

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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Prison officials in Massachusetts say they are still reviewing a federal court decision in Boston ordering them to provide sex-change surgery for a prison inmate. Critics are urging officials to appeal what they call an outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds. But as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the decision this week reflects national trends of prisons treating gender identity disorder as a legitimate medical condition deserving treatment like any other.

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2:43am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Never Too Early To Prepare For Presidential Debates

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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Mitt Romney has not done any campaigning the last few days. He's in Vermont with senior aides, preparing for debates next month. And even as President Obama prepares for tonight's big speech, campaign aides say he has been preparing for debates, too. NPR's Ari Shapiro asked past debate coaches what happens behind the scenes.

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2:35am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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Thank you very much. After a nice vacation, and so glad to be here, because big news: President Obama speaks to the Democratic Convention tonight. Just as with Mitt Romney last week, the president will have a huge audience to make his case.

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2:24am

Thu September 6, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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And today's last word in business is seeing red.

The designer Christian Louboutin is famous in certain circles for his super high heeled shoes. They can cost more than $4,000 and it's the red lacquer soles that Louboutin is really known for.

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2:24am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

First Lady Urges Delegates To Round Up Voters

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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And after delivering a tribute to her husband on the opening night at the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday by reaching out to groups of minority delegates there in Charlotte. NPR's David Welna reports.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Let's give a rousing welcome for the first lady, Michelle Obama.

DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: The African-American caucus was fired up yesterday when Mrs. Obama got there just hours after she brought down the house at the convention arena. She was still getting going.

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2:24am

Thu September 6, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Campaign Works To Build Nationwide Enthusiasm

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 7:17 am

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President Obama appeared briefly on stage last night at the Democratic convention. He gave Bill Clinton a hug just after the former president made a stirring case for Obama's re-election.

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