Morning Edition for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Protests in eastern Ukraine are the focal point of the country's crisis with implications that stretch beyond its borders. Yet life in most of Donetsk seems untouched by the turmoil.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have left Moscow on the outs with Germany, France, Britain and the U.S. Those countries are partnered with Russia in talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
The new Common Core State Standards for English have stirred plenty of controversy. In a Vermont classroom full of 8th graders, they are working on a cornerstone of the core: close reading.
New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.

1969 Birthday Greeting Arrives Decades Late

A man living at East 12th St. in Brooklyn received a letter postmarked in 1969. It was addressed to Susan Heifetz, who'd lived at the apartment as a child. The letter wished her a happy 19th birthday.
Immigrants from Mexico don't always speak Spanish. Instead they speak indigenous languages. That's created huge communications problems, but a hospital in Salinas has found a solution.
The difference between ages 27 and 23 is a vast. One witnessed the genocide as a child. The other only knows its effects. That's caused a disconnect between a budding playwright and the lead actress.
Lyndon Johnson's presidential record has long been overshadowed by the failed war in Vietnam. But the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is leading to a reassessment of his accomplishments.

Tax Preparers Often Get Returns Wrong

Tax Day is less than a week away. The Government Accountability Office examined the work of 19 paid tax preparers – 17 got things wrong.
Manischewitz has been bought by a unit of the private equity firm Bain Capital for an undisclosed amount. The new owner wants the 126-year-old brand move beyond its niche on the kosher shelves.
As a new tornado season begins, Illinois officials say they need more help from the federal government, and Sens. Kirk and Durbin have reintroduced a bill proposing changes to the disaster formula.
Math classes at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., made a number of investments. One of the classes beat out investment clubs at universities including Cornell, Columbia and NYU.
More funding for in-person guidance could help ease confusion, say consumer groups. Beefing up education about each plan's relative costs would help, as would shifting open enrollment to tax-time.

Encryption Flaw Puts Internet Security At Risk

If you bank online or sign into work remotely using a virtual private network, your data may not be safe. A flaw in the encryption program OpenSSL could expose much of the encrypted traffic.

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall.

Police Dispatcher Listens To Burglary In Progress

Two men in Minnesota have been charged with burglary. A dispatcher was able to send the police right to the scene of the crime. One of the men accidentally pocket-dialed 911.
SeaWorld won a short-term victory on Tuesday. A committee in the state assembly decided a bill banning SeaWorld from holding killer whales captive and using them in shows needs further study.
Elliot Kaye is President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He made a name for himself pushing safety changes to youth football.
New research explores gender disparities in business school enrollment by the different ways men and women appear to process ethical compromise.
In a historic NCAA women's basketball game, two unbeaten teams vied for the national championship Tuesday night. The University of Connecticut beat Notre Dame 79-58. It's a record 9th title for UConn.

Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings

A baseball odd couple ends their careers this year: Commissioner Bud Selig and Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter.
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