Morning Edition for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Observers say the Clippers owner's current trouble is only the latest in a 30-year record of racism in LA — although he has also been honored by the NAACP for his charity work.
Steve Inskeep talks to Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer about the recent announcement that Fatah will attempt to form a unified government with Hamas.
Police have long been able to search people without a warrant at the time of their arrest. Two cases before the Supreme Court ask whether cellphones should be off-limits until police get permission.

Richard Gere Plays Homeless Man Convincingly

A French tourist in New York spotted a man digging through trash near Grand Central Station, and offered him some pizza. He accepted. She didn't realize until days later that it was Richard Gere.

How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

On Monday, President Obama announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia accuses the U.S. of "Cold War tactics."
As civilians continue to pour out of Syria, some countries are pushing back and telling the refugees they aren't welcome. Bulgaria has been particularly harsh, according to Human Rights Watch.

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school that bears his name.
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began a 48-hour protest on Monday. The demonstrations are over what they call widespread workplace violations and unfairly low pay.
David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about how Federal Reserve economists consider various measurements of employment in their policymaking. Fed officials meet this week.

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Goes Digital

Monday was author Harper Lee's 88th birthday. She announced that her classic novel would finally be made available as an e-book and a digital audiobook. It was first printed in 1960.

Deadly Storms Rip Through Southern States

Over the last two days, deadly tornadoes have left a path of destruction in their wake. One subdivision in Vilonia, Arkansas, was particularly hard hit on Sunday.
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault has its recommendations for colleges and others. And, University of Delaware students have some recommendations of their own.

Rep. Grimm Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

New York City Congressman Michael Grimm has been indicted on tax, perjury, fraud and other charges. He announced on Monday that he would step down from the powerful House Financial Services Committee.
Donald Sterling is said to be on a tape that was released to the media in which he allegedly made racist comments. The NBA is investigating whether it is Sterling on the tape.

FootGolf Catching On Across The Nation

A golf course in Tacoma, Wash., is the latest to open a course. You need no clubs. You kick a soccer ball down the fairway, onto the green and into a 21-inch hole.

Future Wants To Change Your Mood

The Atlanta rapper who has become an influential figure in hip-hop and pop over the last couple of years says he wants to quiet the club with his songs.
On Wednesday, Iraq will hold the first national election since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. The front-runner is the party of current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The death of journalist Ruben Salazar was a catalyst for the nascent Chicano-rights movement. It is still at the center of deeply held belief that he was purposely killed by LA law enforcement.
After seven years, Greensburg is stuck at half its pre-tornado population, and has few prospects for growth. Some blame trends decimating many farm towns — others point to the new green initiative.

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

City planners and architects began preparations to empty the town and build what they hope will be a new and improved version 2 miles away.
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