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NPR 2010-01-29

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From NPR News in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh.

President Obama is on the road repeating his promise to boost job growth and broaden economic recovery. Today, he took his case to a town hall meeting in Tampa Florida.

"Irresponsibility from Wall Street to Washington left good, responsible Americans who did everything right still struggling in ways they never imagined. Joe and I took office in the middle of this raging storm."

President Obama and Vice1 President Joe Biden went to Tampa to talk about an eight-billion-dollar funding for a national high-speed rail system. Florida is getting money to build the Tampa-Orlando corridor. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia will receive grants.

The defense2 is expected to begin its case today in the trial [of] Scott Roeder. He was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of an abortion3 provider. Roeder has confessed to shooting Dr. George Tiller but said he did it to protect the unborn. Roeder is expected to testify on his own behalf. From Wichita, NPR's Kathy Lohr has details.

Roeder testified that he did shoot Tiller last May in the lobby of his church. He said he became a Christian4 in 1992 and began protesting outside of clinics including Tiller's clinic. Defense attorney Mark Rudy asked Roeder to describe the types of abortion procedures he knew about and that led to strong objections from the prosecution5.

”Partial birth abortion, forceps, where they go in and tear the baby limb from limb.”
“Objection, Your Honors!”
"Hold on, and the jury is admonished6 to disregard that answer."

Roeder said he believes abortion is murder. The judge’s allowing testimony7 about Roeder's anti-abortion beliefs. Defense attorneys say Roeder had an unreasonable8 but honest belief that what he did was justified9. Kathy Lohr, NPR News, Wichita.

Congress is a step closer to increasing the country's debt limit by nearly two trillion dollars to over 14 trillion. The Senate passed the bill today and now it's on to the House.

The State of Oklahoma is under a winter storm watch, as officials and residents prepare for a major snow and ice system to move through. From Member Station KOSU, Michael Cross has more.

Meteorologists are predicting as much as an inch of a freezing rain to move through Oklahoma throughout the day and eventually change to snow. The National Weather Service says up to 12 inches of snow is possible in western and northern Oklahoma. Government offices and schools across the state are closed. The governor has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties as officials get ready for the ice to cause dangerous road conditions and power outages. Oklahoma's two major airports, Will Rogers in Oklahoma City and Tulsa International, are canceling flights. For NPR News, I'm Michael Cross in Oklahoma City.

Dow's down more than a hundred. This is NPR.

J.D. Salinger, author of the literary classic "The Catcher in the Rye" has died. His son says Salinger passed away yesterday at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. He was 91 years old.

Howard Zinn, radical10 historian and political activist11, has died at the age of 87. His 1980 book "A People's History of the United States" sold more than a million copies and was an alternative to mainstream12 historical text. NPR's Margot Adler reports.

Howard Zinn lectured widely and was heavily involved in US civil rights and anti-war movements. His book "A People's History of the United States" told the story of the nation through the voices of working-class people, women and minorities. The book came out during the Reagan years and was celebrated13 by the left. Published with very little promotion14, only 5,000 copies at first, by 2003, in word of mouth, it had sold more than a million copies. Many companion editions were published including a graphic15 novel. Zinn was Professor Emeritus16 in the Political Science Department at Boston University where he taught from 1964 to 1988. He was close friends with Linguist17 and political activist Noam Chomsky, who said that Zinn's work changed the way millions of people saw the past. Howard Zinn died of a heart attack. Margot Adler, NPR News.

The auto18 industry is credited with a latest gain reported among big-ticket items. According to the Commerce Department, US factories posted again a 0.3% after an upswing in orders for vehicles. But overall, the recession cost manufacturers big in 2009. Orders for durable19 goods plunged20 by more than 20% for the year, the largest drop in nearly two decades.

Last check on Wall Street. Dow was down 99 points at 10,137.

This is NPR.

 


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1 vice NU0zQ     
n.壞事;惡習;[pl.]臺鉗,老虎鉗;adj.副的
參考例句:
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上壞習慣。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他們墮入了罪惡的深淵。
2 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保衛;[pl.]防務工事;辯護,答辯
參考例句:
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有權獲得辯護。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.戰爭使那個地區擠滿了軍隊和防御工程人員。
3 abortion ZzjzxH     
n.流產,墮胎
參考例句:
  • She had an abortion at the women's health clinic.她在婦女保健醫院做了流產手術。
  • A number of considerations have led her to have a wilful abortion.多種考慮使她執意墮胎。
4 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
參考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他們總是以教名互相稱呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母親是個虔誠的基督教徒。
5 prosecution uBWyL     
n.起訴,告發,檢舉,執行,經營
參考例句:
  • The Smiths brought a prosecution against the organizers.史密斯家對組織者們提出起訴。
  • He attempts to rebut the assertion made by the prosecution witness.他試圖反駁原告方證人所作的斷言。
6 admonished b089a95ea05b3889a72a1d5e33963966     
v.勸告( admonish的過去式和過去分詞 );訓誡;(溫和地)責備;輕責
參考例句:
  • She was admonished for chewing gum in class. 她在課堂上嚼口香糖,受到了告誡。
  • The teacher admonished the child for coming late to school. 那個孩子遲到,老師批評了他。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
7 testimony zpbwO     
n.證詞;見證,證明
參考例句:
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的證據是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被傳入為警官所說的話作證。
8 unreasonable tjLwm     
adj.不講道理的,不合情理的,過度的
參考例句:
  • I know that they made the most unreasonable demands on you.我知道他們對你提出了最不合理的要求。
  • They spend an unreasonable amount of money on clothes.他們花在衣服上的錢太多了。
9 justified 7pSzrk     
a.正當的,有理的
參考例句:
  • She felt fully justified in asking for her money back. 她認為有充分的理由要求退款。
  • The prisoner has certainly justified his claims by his actions. 那個囚犯確實已用自己的行動表明他的要求是正當的。
10 radical hA8zu     
n.激進份子,原子團,根號;adj.根本的,激進的,徹底的
參考例句:
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在醫院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
11 activist gyAzO     
n.活動分子,積極分子
參考例句:
  • He's been a trade union activist for many years.多年來他一直是工會的積極分子。
  • He is a social activist in our factory.他是我廠的社會活動積極分子。
12 mainstream AoCzh9     
n.(思想或行為的)主流;adj.主流的
參考例句:
  • Their views lie outside the mainstream of current medical opinion.他們的觀點不屬于當今醫學界觀點的主流。
  • Polls are still largely reflects the mainstream sentiment.民調還在很大程度上反映了社會主流情緒。
13 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,聲譽卓著的
參考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格蘭最負盛名的年輕畫家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.觀眾團團圍住了這位著名的小提琴演奏家。
14 promotion eRLxn     
n.提升,晉級;促銷,宣傳
參考例句:
  • The teacher conferred with the principal about Dick's promotion.教師與校長商談了迪克的升級問題。
  • The clerk was given a promotion and an increase in salary.那個職員升了級,加了薪。
15 graphic Aedz7     
adj.生動的,形象的,繪畫的,文字的,圖表的
參考例句:
  • The book gave a graphic description of the war.這本書生動地描述了戰爭的情況。
  • Distinguish important text items in lists with graphic icons.用圖標來區分重要的文本項。
16 emeritus ypixp     
adj.名譽退休的
參考例句:
  • "Perhaps I can introduce Mr.Lake Kirby,an emeritus professor from Washington University?"請允許我介紹華盛頓大學名譽教授萊克柯爾比先生。
  • He will continue as chairman emeritus.他將會繼續擔任榮譽主席。
17 linguist K02xo     
n.語言學家;精通數種外國語言者
參考例句:
  • I used to be a linguist till I become a writer.過去我是個語言學家,后來成了作家。
  • Professor Cui has a high reputation as a linguist.崔教授作為語言學家名聲很高。
18 auto ZOnyW     
n.(=automobile)(口語)汽車
參考例句:
  • Don't park your auto here.別把你的汽車停在這兒。
  • The auto industry has brought many people to Detroit.汽車工業把許多人吸引到了底特律。
19 durable frox4     
adj.持久的,耐久的
參考例句:
  • This raincoat is made of very durable material.這件雨衣是用非常耐用的料子做的。
  • They frequently require more major durable purchases.他們經常需要購買耐用消費品。
20 plunged 06a599a54b33c9d941718dccc7739582     
v.顛簸( plunge的過去式和過去分詞 );暴跌;驟降;突降
參考例句:
  • The train derailed and plunged into the river. 火車脫軌栽進了河里。
  • She lost her balance and plunged 100 feet to her death. 她沒有站穩,從100英尺的高處跌下摔死了。
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