Russell Lewis http://whqr.org en Freezing Weather Paralyzes Parts Of The South http://whqr.org/post/freezing-weather-paralyzes-parts-south Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Surprise: People across the South are digging out this morning. Weather forecasters knew there would be snow, but missed their calculations on where and how much, which is how Principal Ken Jarnagin ended up sheltering about 800 students for the night at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama.<p>KEN JARNAGIN: We decided to put all the males in the gyms. So we asked the coaches to roll out wrestling mats. And we spread the girls all throughout the academic wing.<p>INSKEEP: Where they had carpets on the floors. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 49679 at http://whqr.org Scott Carpenter, Second US Astronaut To Orbit Earth, Dies http://whqr.org/post/scott-carpenter-second-us-astronaut-orbit-earth-dies Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>One of America's first astronauts has died. Scott Carpenter was part of the original Project Mercury team and he was the second American to orbit the Earth. Carpenter died this morning in Denver after complications from a stroke. He was 88 years old. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:33:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 44446 at http://whqr.org 1963 Anniversaries Highlight Civil Rights Lessons http://whqr.org/post/1963-anniversaries-highlight-civil-rights-lessons On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the four girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal. The recognition comes after a year of civil rights ceremonies across the South. The events have drawn renewed attention to how the civil rights movement should be taught to a younger generation. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 42880 at http://whqr.org Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better http://whqr.org/post/minor-leaguer-takes-mature-strides-become-better Tyler Saladino is one of thousands of minor league baseball players hoping to make it to the major leagues. He plays in Alabama for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Last year, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/14/154929453/a-minor-leaguers-life-bats-games-and-a-nickname%20">NPR profiled Saladino</a>. But since then, maybe things have changed for the 23-year-old infielder.<p>One of the biggest changes this year is where the Barons and Saladino play. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 38015 at http://whqr.org Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better Jury Selection Begins In George Zimmerman Trial http://whqr.org/post/jury-selection-begins-george-zimmerman-trial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Jury selection began today in the trial of George Zimmerman. He's the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman tailed Martin through a row of townhouses on a rainy night, first in a truck, then on foot. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. He describes himself as Hispanic. Martin was African-American. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 37936 at http://whqr.org Old Newspapers Shed New Light On Emmett Till Murder http://whqr.org/post/archival-find-could-shed-new-light-emmett-till-murder New details about one of Mississippi's most infamous murders are coming to light — more than a half-century later. The death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who allegedly whistled at a white woman, helped spark the civil rights movement.<p>Till lived in Chicago, and was visiting his relatives in the Mississippi Delta when he was murdered. His body was mutilated and dumped into a river. The accused were the woman's husband and her half-brother, and their trial drew reporters from both the white and black press.<p>Researchers have long studied the court proceedings. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 34079 at http://whqr.org Old Newspapers Shed New Light On Emmett Till Murder In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend http://whqr.org/post/alaskas-iditarod-sled-race-vets-are-dogs-best-friend In Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, the "Last Great Race on Earth" begins.<p>Sixty-seven sled dog teams will start the 998-mile Iditarod race across the barren, frigid and unforgiving land. In this year's competition, there are a handful of first-time racers — but those aren't the only rookies.<p>One is veterinarian Greg Reppas, whose job is to ensure the dogs are healthy throughout the race.<p>Days before the race, Reppas squats in a snowdrift in Wasilla and checks out Leo, one of the 16 dogs on this team that will start the Iditarod. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 32559 at http://whqr.org In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend A Father Humbled By The Too-Short Life Of His Daughter http://whqr.org/post/shooting-victim-remebered-mentor-sisters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4rwdriJpkc</p> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:42:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 28822 at http://whqr.org A Father Humbled By The Too-Short Life Of His Daughter Wearing Helmets In Tornadoes Gains Momentum http://whqr.org/post/wearing-helmets-tornadoes-gains-momentum Months after safety advocates embraced wearing helmets during tornadoes — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/s0503_helmets_tornadoes.html">issued guidelines</a> on the practice. The CDC says there's not yet enough scientific evidence to fully endorse the idea. Sat, 12 May 2012 10:19:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 16249 at http://whqr.org Wearing Helmets In Tornadoes Gains Momentum Can Helmets Cut Tornado Deaths? CDC Isn't So Sure http://whqr.org/post/can-helmets-cut-tornado-deaths-cdc-isnt-so-sure <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njt1kIToQD0</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:48:00 +0000 Russell Lewis 15444 at http://whqr.org Can Helmets Cut Tornado Deaths? CDC Isn't So Sure