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Friday's Stories February 27, 2015

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to "opt out" of assessment tests.

Stereotypes, Unconscious Biases And Minorities In The Tech Industry

Erica Baker is an African-American woman and a site reliability engineer at Google. She shares her experiences and insight.

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks go back "thousands and thousands of years," according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

Why Can't We Beat ISIS?

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1:25 PM EST 44 Comments

What Color Is The Dress? The Debate That Broke The Internet

Disagreement over the color of one dress is setting web traffic records and leaving many observers confused.

1:33 PM EST 2 Comments

'Star Trek' Star Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Best known for playing Mr. Spock, Nimoy touched a chord as the brainy, unflappably logical half-human half-Vulcan.

12:12 PM EST 2 Comments

Putin's Opposition: Russian Parliament Member Speaks Out

Ilya Ponomarev was the sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea. He joins us.

12:25 PM EST 2 Comments

Remembering Robert Saloschin

The World War II veteran and longtime attorney for the Justice Department played a role in the civil rights struggle in the '60s and '70s.

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Peering Over The DHS Cliff – Will Congress Get It Done?

Congress’s deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security is tonight at midnight. We get the latest from NPR's Ron Elving.

1:06 PM EST 12 Comments

U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress

President Obama does not plan to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in town to speak to Congress.

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Earl Lloyd, NBA's First Black Player, Dies At Age 86

He also became the NBA's first black assistant coach in 1968 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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How Did 3 London Schoolgirls Make It To Syria?

The girls successfully crossed the border, authorities say, likely to join the group that calls itself the Islamic State. But how did they do it?

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In Ukraine, Russian Military Threat Remains

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in the Ukraine city of Mariupol, just 37 miles from the Russian border.

1:52 PM EST Comment

Young Singers Beat The Odds To Sing With National Honor Choir

Three students beat the odds to perform in one of the most prestigious junior choruses in the country.

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February 24 6 Comments

Uber’s New Turf: Mid-Sized Cities

The ride-for-hire service is expanding into areas without a strong taxi culture. We speak with the mayor of Des Moines, Iowa.

February 24 5 Comments

Jobs Growing In City Centers, Shrinking In Suburban Areas

A decades-long trend has reversed. As more people move to city centers, employers are moving with them.

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New Album From ‘Genius’ Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won numerous awards for his work. His trio is out with a new album called "Break Stuff."

February 23 Comment

‘Rock Star Nurse’ Fights Ebola

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse who founded the global health nonprofit LearnToLive.

February 23 Comment

Alan Turing’s Family Asks British Government To Pardon 49,000 Men

Relatives of the man depicted in the film "The Imitation Game" are asking that thousands of other gay men are also pardoned.

February 20 21 Comments

Pasco Shooting Sparks Protests, Comparisons To Ferguson

The shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes was the fourth fatal police shooting in seven months in the city of Pasco, Washington.

February 20 6 Comments

Should Iranian Students Be Banned From Some Science Programs?

At least two U.S. universities have official policies about not admitting Iranian international students to certain programs.

February 19 7 Comments

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Think you're too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

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February 26 34 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 2 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

February 25 Comment

DJ Sessions: New Music From Nashville

For this week's DJ Session, Marcia Campbell shares songs from Teea Goans, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Earls of Leicester.

February 25 106 Comments

Feminist Gamer Withdraws From PAX East, Citing Safety Concerns

Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.