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And I'm Renee Montagne. As superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast with rain and wind, she also brought blizzard conditions to much of West Virginia. Earl Ray Tomblin is the governor of West Virginia, and he joins us on the line to talk about his state.
A bloodied woman is helped by demonstrators after clashes with police in a protest against an industrial waste pipeline in Qidong, Jiangsu province, on July 28. The Chinese government devotes enormous resources to suppressing dissent, but opposition to government policies is increasingly common.
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Cui Weiping, a soft-spoken, retired film professor, has been monitored by state security agents for the past nine years. The surveillance began after she wrote a letter sympathizing with mothers whose children were killed in the 1989 student protests.
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Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo made a documentary showing how local officials go to great lengths to prevent citizens from lodging protests in Beijing. The local officials sometimes pay bribes to have complaints erased from government records.
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Police stand on watch on the streets of Shaxi, China, following three days of riots in June.
China is about to get new leaders for the first time in a decade, and it comes at a crucial moment for the world's most populous nation. Economic growth, which surged for decades, has slowed. Demands for political reform have increased and the Communist Party has been hit by scandal. In a series of stories this week, NPR is examining the multiple challenges facing China. In this story, Louisa Lim looks at China's pervasive efforts to maintain order.
Balloons lie on the side of the closed New York City streets on Monday.
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter ordered that all public transportation and city offices be closed Monday and Tuesday.
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Empty streets in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
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Balloons lie on the side of a closed New York City street Monday.
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A man walks down a seemingly empty boardwalk as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J.
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The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders and remained closed Tuesday. The Stock Exchange said that no damage has occurred and that contingency plans are being tested only as a safety measure.
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Chicago shut down, too. The trading floor at the Chicago Board Options Exchange is deserted on Monday in preparation for Hurricane Sandy — the first two-day weather-related shutdown of the markets since 1888.
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A composite of two photos of the Brooklyn Bridge, which remains closed to traffic on Tuesday (left) but open to pedestrians (right).
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:05 pm
In bracing for Sandy, the East Coast effectively shut down. For the most part, that was a good decision: We've seen an abundance of photos showing devastation brought by flooding and heavy winds — and the damage is very real. Those photos — the ones with sunken cars and high water levels — are effective because they relay the message quite literally.
But there's also the coverage that seems less literal. Media photographers expecting a major disaster Monday, for example, attempted to relay feelings of anxiety that were rippling across the East Coast.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, NPR has a new poll out on the presidential race, so we decided to talk a little bit about the science and business of polling and why so many polls conflict with each other. That's in just a few minutes.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Shirley Sherrod lost her job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture after she was accused of making racist statements in a speech, an accusation that was false and a smear. Now she's telling her own story in her own way. She has a new book out and she'll tell us more about it in a few minutes.
You can barely listen to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney make a speech or give an interview without hearing some variation of this vow:
"On Day 1 of my administration, I'll direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. And then I'll go about getting it repealed," he told Newsmax TV in September 2011.
After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer was so angry at banks, he says, he decided to write about the people who rob them — in the form of fiction, since he's not an economist.
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:27 pm
People across the New York metropolitan area confronted scenes of devastation from Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday: widespread flooding, power and transportation outages and a wind-swept fire that tore through dozens of houses in the borough of Queens.