Bill Chappell http://mtpr.net en Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official http://mtpr.net/post/alaska-oks-bill-making-native-languages-official If you're so inclined, and able, you could soon speak Tlingit, Inupiaq, or Siberian Yupik in Alaska with the knowledge that those and 18 other languages, including English, are officially recognized by the state. Alaska's Legislature approved a bill giving them that status Monday.<p>Its backers say the largely symbolic bill is a statement about equality. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17962 at http://mtpr.net Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' http://mtpr.net/post/ferry-transcript-shows-confusion-and-panic-please-come-quickly For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.<p>The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17908 at http://mtpr.net Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://mtpr.net/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17902 at http://mtpr.net It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists http://mtpr.net/post/florida-church-whose-worshipers-are-all-tourists Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.<p>That's because the church is across the street from Walt Disney World. The main basilica was built in the early 1990s, to give visitors to the resort complex a place to worship. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17900 at http://mtpr.net The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder http://mtpr.net/post/hurricane-carter-dies-boxer-was-wrongfuly-convicted-murder Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17898 at http://mtpr.net 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce http://mtpr.net/post/ukraine-deadly-gunfight-rattles-easter-truce A shootout at a checkpoint killed at least two people in eastern Ukraine Sunday, according to multiple reports. The violence comes on the heels of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia and the West that calls for armed groups to disband; that pact led officials to announce <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304905585/ukraine-calls-an-easter-truce-in-clash-with-militants">a truce for this Easter weekend</a>.<p>The shootout took place at a separatist checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17896 at http://mtpr.net Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://mtpr.net/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17887 at http://mtpr.net Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw http://mtpr.net/post/gm-was-slow-recall-saturn-cars-steering-flaw General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 Saturn cars that have been found to have defective power steering systems, newly released federal documents show. The records also show federal regulators didn't demand a recall of the cars, despite thousands of complaints about them.<p>The cars' problem is described as "a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17881 at http://mtpr.net GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 http://mtpr.net/post/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-13 Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.<p>"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17880 at http://mtpr.net Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13 Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack http://mtpr.net/post/pakiastani-tv-journalist-hamid-mir-wounded-attack Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.<p>Details about the attack are still emerging. Citing police, Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17879 at http://mtpr.net Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack