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Around the Nation
7:45 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Car Hits Cross-Country Runner But She Keeps Going

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 9:05 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

It is definitely wrong to hit and run, but it's a little impressive that a high school student was hit and kept running. Anaheim, California police say a high school cross country team was running when a turning car whacked one of the runners. The young woman was apparently determined, because she got backed up and ran away. The driver called after her to stop, stayed where he was and called police. The runner was eventually treated and suffered only minor injuries.

Animals
7:29 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Orangutan Becomes Addicted To Cigarettes

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 9:01 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. To kick her 10-year habit, Tori is leaving home for a small island - theoretically, a no-smoking island. Home is an Indonesian zoo. Tori is an orangutan. The Guardian reports she learned to smoke imitating visitors who tossed cigarette butts into her cage. Her non-smoking orangutan roommate does what he can, stamping out burning butts before she can get to them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

WAMC News
7:23 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Obama Accuses Romney of Caving on Taxes

President Barack Obama is accusing Republican Mitt Romney of caving under pressure from Rush Limbaugh for saying that requiring all Americans to buy health insurance amounts to a tax.

Obama says in an interview with NBC affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati that Romney supported the individual mandate as Massachusetts governor but "has suddenly reversed himself." Obama says it raises questions over whether Romney is abandoning a principal after "getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh" or other critics.

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New York News
7:21 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Rangel's Lead in NY Primary Up after Day 1 Count

Adriano Espaillat

New York Representative Charles Rangel's lead in a contested Democratic primary has increased after the first day of counting more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots.

The New York City Board of Elections' tally at the end of Thursday has Rangel leading state Senator Adriano Espaillat by 945 votes. That's up from the 802-vote margin he had before the count started.

The board will resume counting on Friday morning and hopes to finish by the end of the day.

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New York News
7:18 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Yacht Operator Says NY Boat Hit by Wave; 3 killed

The man operating a yacht full of holiday revelers that capsized on the Fourth of July says the boat was hit by a rogue wave. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

Sal Aurelino tells TV's News12 Long Island on Thursday that he was taking the Candi One home when lightning cracked, and moments later the boat was hit by a wave. He said it tilted, then kept turning and turning. He said it was chaos.

There were 27 people on board; three children died. Authorities were trying to determine whether the boat was overcrowded.

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New England News
7:16 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Sudbury Man Killed by Tree after James Taylor Show

Authorities say a Sudbury, Massachusetts man has died after being struck by a tree while walking back to his car following a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Berkshire district attorney's office announced Thursday that 61-year-old Lester Holtzblatt was struck by a 20-feet section of a dead tree while walking with his wife along a Lenox road at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The death is under investigation but is considered an accident.

Books
7:06 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Mark Billingham Is A Fan Of The Dark Side Of London

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:10 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Three weeks from today, the 2012 London Summer Olympics begin. London will show off its cathedrals and castles, it's parliament and palaces, all that is splendid in one of the world's greatest cities. There is a seedy side of London, however, one that Olympic organizers presumably will not present. That is where we'll be going today with this encore presentation from our Crime in the City series.

Mystery writer Mark Billingham took reporter Vicki Barker to some of the places that inspired his dark twisted thrillers.

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WAMC News
6:50 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

Listen to Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional forecast.  Paul Caianois a meteorologist at WNYT Newschannel 13. He graduated from SUNY Albany in May of 1993 with a B.S. in the field of Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

Sports
6:20 am
Fri July 6, 2012

PG Jason KIdd to Join the Knicks

Jason Kidd

Well the Knicks have added a Kidd to their backcourt – but they haven’t gotten any younger…

ESPN reports this morning that veteran point guard Jason Kidd has decided to leave the Mavericks and join the Knicks to the tune of roughly $9 million dollars over three years.  This move comes as Houston and restricted free agent point guard Jeremy Lin have reportedly come to terms on a four year, $29 million dollar deal - the Knicks have three days to match the Rockets’ offer.

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Food
6:10 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Pie Week Comes To A Close

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:10 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

On to some lighter fare, it's been fun, but this is it: the end of Pie Week here on MORNING EDITION.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Aw. Go on, go on, go on.

WERTHEIMER: Along with a lot of cravings, the series has evoked thoughtful memories from listeners around the country.

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