Allison Keyes http://kuer.org en 150 Years On, Arlington National Cemetery Honors Its First Burial http://kuer.org/post/150-years-arlington-national-cemetery-honors-its-first-burial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A wreath laying ceremony this morning marked the 150th anniversary of the first military burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Army Private William Christman was a member of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 46241 at http://kuer.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens http://kuer.org/post/nearly-3-years-after-quake-washington-monument-reopens-doors The Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday for the first time since a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/26/140819486/video-atop-washington-monument-visitors-scrambled-during-quake">2011 earthquake</a> caused significant damage to the obelisk. More than 20,000 stones had to be inspected. Scores turned out for a ceremony under sunny skies.<p>Children sang; the U.S. Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed; and red, white and blue stars decorated the stage set up in front of the gleaming monument. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 46181 at http://kuer.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens Under Fire, Maryland Dealer Drops Plans To Sell Smart Gun http://kuer.org/post/under-fire-maryland-dealer-drops-plans-sell-smart-gun Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>A gun store in Maryland had been set to become the first in the country to sell something called a smart gun. But after receiving death threats, the owner of that store has changed his mind. The Armatix iP1 is electrically programmed to make it hard for anyone but the gun's owner to fire the weapon. Some gun rights activists worry that if the pistol is popular, lawmakers will require all firearms to adopt this technology. That, they say, will encroach upon second amendment rights. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 45813 at http://kuer.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates http://kuer.org/post/fossil-fans-get-their-dino-fix-smithsonian-renovates Huge lines of people, kids in tow, are waiting to get into the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the world's second-most visited museum.<p>Right inside the lobby, a cast of the skull of the new <em>Tyrannosaurus rex</em> the museum just acquired is stopping visitors dead in their tracks.<p>"We wanted to get up here before the exhibit for the dinosaurs closed," says Crystal Epley, who took a three-hour trip from Broadway, Va., to bring her son, John.<p>Fossil fans like the Epleys are flocking to get a final glimpse of the popular dinosaur and fossil hall before it closes on Mond Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 45488 at http://kuer.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://kuer.org/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43583 at http://kuer.org Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://kuer.org/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43194 at http://kuer.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision http://kuer.org/post/destroyed-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-political-vision When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.<p>In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.<p>Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.<p>"Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center," is a whodunit tale that also illustrates the tensions between art and politics. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43122 at http://kuer.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://kuer.org/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42870 at http://kuer.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://kuer.org/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42426 at http://kuer.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://kuer.org/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast 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>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 41083 at http://kuer.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://kuer.org/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40919 at http://kuer.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch http://kuer.org/post/historic-house-yours-free-theres-catch This little house is looking for a home.<p>In the past five years, 600 single-family homes have been demolished in Arlington, Va., many to make way for larger houses, according to a preservation group. One architectural firm is so determined to save one 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, it's giving the house away for free. But there's a catch: the buyer would need to pay to move it to a new location.<p>The 960-square-foot house is a Wellington model, a style of home Sears sold by catalog in 1926 through its mail order Modern Homes program. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40675 at http://kuer.org Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence http://kuer.org/post/african-american-gun-club-hopes-help-curb-youth-violence More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore. Most of them were black, and most of them were shot to death, despite Maryland having one of the nation's toughest gun laws. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 39481 at http://kuer.org African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs http://kuer.org/post/trove-artifacts-highlights-realities-slavery Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.<p>"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 38756 at http://kuer.org Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights http://kuer.org/post/50-years-after-march-washington-john-lewis-still-fighting <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYasqMFCJao</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:54:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 34562 at http://kuer.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights Preserving African-American Cemeteries http://kuer.org/post/preserving-african-american-cemeteries Under a popular park in Washington, D.C., there is a 19th century burial ground that was once the largest African-American cemetery in the city. Advocates want to protect the park from further development and create space for a memorial. But how many other such burial grounds are in similar straits, and how have others solved the problem of co-existing with development and gentrification? Sat, 03 Aug 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33385 at http://kuer.org Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements http://kuer.org/post/wal-mart-threatens-pull-out-dc-over-wage-requirements Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 32328 at http://kuer.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream http://kuer.org/post/deconstructing-martin-luther-king-jrs-dream "We want all of our rights!" Martin Luther King, Jr. told a throng of people gathered in and around Detroit's Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963. He was speaking at what he called the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. "We want them here, and we want them now!" he said.<p>Fifty years ago this August, King gave the iconic "<a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream/" target="_blank">I Have A Dream</a>" speech at the March on Washington. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 31355 at http://kuer.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. http://kuer.org/post/winfrey-gives-millions-new-african-american-museum-dc Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is giving a multimillion-dollar boost to the Smithsonian's new facility, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). She gave the museum, which is being built in Washington, D.C., $12 million Tuesday, in addition to a previous $1 million donation.<p>"I am so proud of African-American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," says Winfrey, chairman and CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30754 at http://kuer.org Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C. What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand http://kuer.org/post/what-lawsuit-against-redskins-could-mean-brand <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/07/171425340/after-more-than-20-years-push-to-change-redskins-name-continues">Once again</a>, the long-standing controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins is in the news. Fri, 31 May 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30193 at http://kuer.org What A Lawsuit Against The Redskins Could Mean For The Brand For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane http://kuer.org/post/berry-gordy-broadway-memory-lane There's hardly an adult anywhere in the world who wouldn't recognize at least some of the music of Motown.<p><strong></strong>The R&B label changed the course of music in the United States and made household names of Diana Ross, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15184517" target="_blank">Stevie Wonder</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94109252/the-jackson-5" target="_blank">The Jackson 5</a>. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 26064 at http://kuer.org For Berry Gordy, Broadway Is Memory Lane Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York http://kuer.org/post/woof-out-red-carpet-westminster-dogs-take-new-york On Tuesday night, one dog will be named "best in show" at the 137th <a href="http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/" target="_blank">Westminster Kennel Club</a> Dog Show in New York.<p>Many of the canines that have flocked to Manhattan are staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania across the street from Madison Square Garden, where judging of the main events in the show is held.<p>The hotel has special amenities for its four-legged guests.<p>"Hey, buddy," doggie concierge Jerry Grymek says to a border collie in a crate. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24824 at http://kuer.org Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington http://kuer.org/post/newtown-residents-join-gun-control-rally-washington Residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children died in December's school shootings, marched alongside other supporters of gun control at a rally on the National Mall on Saturday.<p>About 100 residents were expected from Newtown, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/newtown-residents-to-join-pastors-parents-in-march-for-gun-control-on-national-mall-in-dc/2013/01/26/e10bedfa-678e-11e2-83c7-38d5fac94235_story.html">The Washington Post</a> says. The march was organized in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, where six teachers were also killed. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 24126 at http://kuer.org Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants http://kuer.org/post/ill-considers-licenses-undocumented-immigrants Illinois could become the third state — after Washington and New Mexico — where undocumented immigrants can obtain driver's licenses. The legislation is halfway there. A bill that passed the state Senate 41-14 last Tuesday has bipartisan support.<p>Before the Senate vote, leaders from both parties, including Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican former Gov. Jim Edgar, spoke out in favor of the legislation. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 22104 at http://kuer.org Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Arab-American Voters Lean Toward Obama, But With Less Enthusiasm http://kuer.org/post/arab-american-voters-lean-toward-obama-less-enthusiasm Arab-American voters strongly supported President Obama in 2008, and polls show most are doing so this time around as well. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20589 at http://kuer.org Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit http://kuer.org/post/millennia-stargazing-african-cosmos-exhibit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qHlEvQKZcA</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20235 at http://kuer.org Millennia Of Stargazing At 'African Cosmos' Exhibit Hurricane Sandy Roaring Up East Coast http://kuer.org/post/hurricane-sandy-roaring-east-coast Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The nation is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, from the East Coast all the way into the Ohio Valley. The storm killed almost 60 people in the Caribbean, and U.S. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:58:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20263 at http://kuer.org Social Issues Hold Sway Over Ohio's Black Voters http://kuer.org/post/social-issues-hold-sway-over-ohios-black-voters Transcript <p>GUY RAZ, HOST: <p>In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won nearly all the African-American vote. And this year, a recent poll found that less than 1 percent of black voters will back Mitt Romney. But in Ohio, as NPR's Allison Keyes found out, some black voters are agonizing over whether to vote in November at all.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The choir rehearses on Saturdays at Friendship Baptist Church in Girard, Ohio. It's a town of 10,000, and Friendship Baptist is a small, friendly-looking building that was once a private home. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 00:55:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 17991 at http://kuer.org Remembering Award-Winning Lyricist Hal David http://kuer.org/post/remembering-award-winning-lyricist-hal-david Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Hal David, the man who crafted the lyrics to such hits as "Walk on By" and "What the World Needs Now," died yesterday. He was 91. He died of complications of a stroke. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 17662 at http://kuer.org In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon http://kuer.org/post/just-one-small-step-armstrong-became-icon It was the kind of history that ignites the imagination of humanity.<p>On July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched or listened as the lunar module Eagle carried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Armstrong got on the radio to let them know "the Eagle has landed."<p>Almost seven hours later, Armstrong stepped off the ladder in his bulky white space suitand said those famous words: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"<p>Astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth person to walk on the moon in November of 1969. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 17255 at http://kuer.org In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon