Morning Edition for Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In marking the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will celebrate the progress the United States has made, aides say. But he'll also talk about what's left to be done to achieve Martin Luther King's dream of racial justice — including fighting to protect voting rights.
Last year, the federal government made accessible playgrounds a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But whether children with disabilities are able to enjoy their new civil rights may depend on where they live.

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

The world you inhabit as a teenager has a way of digging its claws into you. Hear All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton talk about the universal themes on Okkervil River's new album.
Regardless of what you call them — kibbeh, kubbe, kobeba — bulgur-and-wheat dumplings are a beloved staple across the Levant. And as with hummus, there are local varieties from Iraq to Egypt. In Jerusalem, kids at a cooking camp learn to make the lemony kubbeh hamusta from Kurdistan.
The Obama administration says any military action in Syria would not be intended to bring the war to an end, to overthrow Bashar Assad or even help the opposition. Officials say the goal would be to show the Assad regime that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.
Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, are asking Florida to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars of his legal fees. Under Florida law, a defendant who's acquitted in a trial is not liable for any court costs.
U.S. authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a report. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking in the range of $6 billion to settle those suits.

Wal-Mart To Offer Same-Sex Health Benefits

Retailing giant Wal-Mart has announced it will extend comprehensive medical benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners beginning next year. Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government.
Vermonters may not have believed their eyes when they saw this magazine headline: Autumn In Arizona & Why It's Better Here Than It Is In Vermont." Arizona Highways made the claim for that states fall colors. The publisher says the story was an effort to show that Arizona isn't just desert
The U.S. says it is still committed to working with Russia to bring together the warring factions in Syria for a peace conference. Washington, however, postponed a planning meeting as it weighs military options to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack. Russia says a U.S. strike will only create more problems, and that rebels will have no incentive to negotiate with the Syrian government.
Former British diplomat and intelligence officer Alastair Crooke warns a U.S. strike on Syria could set off an unpredictable escalation in violence. David Greene talks to Crooke, who now runs Conflict Forum, a nonprofit organization which wants to increase western understanding of Islam.
After days of worry, Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., was relieved to stand at the Lincoln Memorial and watch the event unfold without a hitch. While there's been great progress in the decades since, Jones says, he also feels King's dream still remains unfulfilled.
When a disagreement on a Michigan street turned into a deadly gun battle, with small children caught in the open, one woman ran into the line of fire, telling herself: "Just get the kids out the way. 'Cause I'd want someone to do that for my kids."

Crews Try To Slow Growth Of Fire Near Yosemite

The wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park is now the seventh largest in California history. Fire crews continue to make progress, but they have lots of work ahead of them.
The wildfire near Yosemite National Park has scorched more than 180,000 acres since it erupted on Aug. 17. Renee Montagne talks to Corinna Loh, whose family owns the Iron Door Saloon in Grovedale, Calif. She has lost two homes to the Rim Fire and is struggling to keep her business open.

Two Years Later, Irene Haunts Vermonters

When Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont two years ago, miles of roads were destroyed and 1,400 families were displaced. It didn't take long for the highways to be repaired, but putting people's lives back together has taken much longer. It's been a difficult lesson for a state unaccustomed to natural disasters.
Russia is pledging that the 2014 games will be free of discrimination despite its anti-gay measures. Frank Deford isn't buying it and says Olympic officials need to be accountable.

Twitter Feed Retells 1963 March On Washington

It was 50 years ago, when hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the biggest single protest of the Civil Rights movement. NPR 's Code Switch team, which covers race, ethnicity and culture, has been reliving events of 1963 — reporting them as if they were happening now, in real-time, through a twitter feed.
The most famous building from the 1970's scandal is the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. A close second has to be the parking garage nearby, where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met his source "Deepthroat." But now that historical location is about to become history — it's being torn down and going condo.

The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Into London Man's Bed

A London man got quite the wake up call Tuesday morning. He rolled over in bed to find himself face to face with a fox. It seems the animal had gotten in through the cat door.
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