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NPR 2008-04-19

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From NPR News in Washington, I am Jack1 Speer.

"Dear Friends, Shalom! " That is Pope Benedict XVI speaking in New York today. The pontiff visited a synagogue. The Pope is also scheduled to hold an ecumenical prayer service. The latest stops on Benedict's first official papal visit to the US followed a speech earlier today at the United Nations General Assembly. NPR's Mike Pesca has more from New York.

 In a speech alternating between French and English, the German-born Pope continually linked the aspirations2 of the United Nations with the purpose of religion. After citing the humanitarian3 teachings of the 16th century Friar Francisco de Vitoria, the pontiff emphasized the role that human reason played in preserving dignity. A major theme of his speech was that human rights were more than legalities to be granted by legislators; they stemmed from, in the Pope's words "God's creative design. " The address ended with the Pope's speaking in all of the UN's official languages. As he said "سَلامٌ وَإزْدِهَارٌ بعَوْن ِ الله ِ!". The words there in Arabic were "peace and prosperity with God's help". Mike Pesca, NPR News, New York.

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today ridiculed4 her opponent Barack Obama for complaining about the tone of their recent debate in Philadelphia. Obama has said the Wednesday debate was short on substance and more about Washington-style politics. NPR's David Greene has more.

 Hillary Clinton was beginning a town hall meeting outside Philadelphia and she decided5 to bring up Wednesday's debate again. "I know that some of my opponent's supporters, and my opponent, are kind of complaining about the hard questions. Well, having been in the White House for 8 years and seen what happens in terms of the pressures and the stresses on a president, that was nothing. " The Obama campaign, meanwhile . . .  to come up with recommendations for improving air safety. Kathleen Schalch, NPR News, Washington.

 Generally, announcements of large losses and major job cuts don't send stocks higher. Well, despite such announcements from both AT&T and Citigroup today, stocks moved higher. Citigroup investors6 apparently7 took heart that it may be onward8 and upward from here. The New York-based company's stock rose nearly 4. 5 percent. Lynn Reaser is an economist9 at Bank of America. . . said he has tapped Steve Preton , the former head of the Small Business Administration, to take over the vacant position at HUD. "He knows how to tackle a problem, devise a solution, get results. That's exactly the kind of leadership I was looking for. " President's nominee10 will face immediate11 pressure at a time the agency is being accused of being slow to react to the ongoing12 problems in the mortgage markets that've led to thousands of foreclosures. Preston would replace Alphonso Jackson who stepped down amid controversy13 over his role in the awarding of federal contracts.

 On Wall Street the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 228 points to end the week at 12849.

This is NPR.

 Texas judge overseeing a huge child custody14 case against the polygamist group today heard testimony15 from a psychiatrist16. The expert on children in cults17 testified that teenage girls involved in the group would not resist early marriage because he said they had been trained to be obedient and compliant18. The testimony from psychiatrist Bruce Perry comes as the court tries to determine the fate of more than 400 children removed from a polygamist compound near Eldorado Texas earlier this month. The children are currently with child protective services. Perry did say many of the adults with the Yearning19 for Zion Ranch20 appeared to be loving parents.

 A founding member of one of rock's most venerated21 bands has died. Danny Federici played keyboards for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Federici died yesterday after a battle with melanoma. He was 58 years old. NPR's Felix Contreras reports.

 Danny Federici was 7 years old when he saw "Lawrence Welk" on TV. He strapped22 on an accordion23 and went on to lead and play in a number of New Jersey24 rock bands before hooking up with Bruce Springsteen. As a member of the E Street Band, Federici accompanied Springsteen's meteoric25 rise from New Jersey shore to the world stage. "I am in a closet. Then I noticed the window blinds were starting to move back and forth26 and the bed was shaking. " No major damage or injuries were reported. For NPR News, I am Ann Thompson in Cincinnati.

 Maybe they refer to the golden years as the golden years for a reason at least based on a new University of Chicago study. A sociologist27 test concluded that older Americans are generally happier and also are often more socially active than some stereotypes28 might suggest. The survey found the odds29 of being happy rose by roughly 5 percent for every ten years of age.


1 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
2 aspirations a60ebedc36cdd304870aeab399069f9e     
强烈的愿望( aspiration的名词复数 ); 志向; 发送气音; 发 h 音
  • I didn't realize you had political aspirations. 我没有意识到你有政治上的抱负。
  • The new treaty embodies the aspirations of most nonaligned countries. 新条约体现了大多数不结盟国家的愿望。
3 humanitarian kcoxQ     
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
4 ridiculed 81e89e8e17fcf40595c6663a61115a91     
v.嘲笑,嘲弄,奚落( ridicule的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Biosphere 2 was ultimately ridiculed as a research debade, as exfravagant pseudoscience. 生物圈2号最终被讥讽为科研上的大失败,代价是昂贵的伪科学。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She ridiculed his insatiable greed. 她嘲笑他的贪得无厌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
6 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
7 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
8 onward 2ImxI     
  • The Yellow River surges onward like ten thousand horses galloping.黄河以万马奔腾之势滚滚向前。
  • He followed in the steps of forerunners and marched onward.他跟随着先辈的足迹前进。
9 economist AuhzVs     
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
10 nominee FHLxv     
  • His nominee for vice president was elected only after a second ballot.他提名的副总统在两轮投票后才当选。
  • Mr.Francisco is standing as the official nominee for the post of District Secretary.弗朗西斯科先生是行政书记职位的正式提名人。
11 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
12 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
13 controversy 6Z9y0     
  • That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
  • We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。
14 custody Qntzd     
  • He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence.等候判决期间他被还押候审一个星期。
  • He was taken into custody immediately after the robbery.抢劫案发生后,他立即被押了起来。
15 testimony zpbwO     
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
16 psychiatrist F0qzf     
  • He went to a psychiatrist about his compulsive gambling.他去看精神科医生治疗不能自拔的赌瘾。
  • The psychiatrist corrected him gently.精神病医师彬彬有礼地纠正他。
17 cults 0c174a64668dd3c452cb65d8dcda02df     
n.迷信( cult的名词复数 );狂热的崇拜;(有极端宗教信仰的)异教团体
  • Religious cults and priesthoods are sectarian by nature. 宗教崇拜和僧侣界天然就有派性。 来自辞典例句
  • All these religions were flourishing side by side with many less prominent cults. 所有这些宗教和许多次要的教派一起,共同繁荣。 来自英汉非文学 - 历史
18 compliant oX8zZ     
  • I don't respect people who are too compliant.我看不起那种唯命是从,唯唯诺诺的人。
  • For years I had tried to be a compliant and dutiful wife.几年来,我努力做一名顺从和尽职尽职的妻子。
19 yearning hezzPJ     
  • a yearning for a quiet life 对宁静生活的向往
  • He felt a great yearning after his old job. 他对过去的工作有一种强烈的渴想。
20 ranch dAUzk     
  • He went to work on a ranch.他去一个大农场干活。
  • The ranch is in the middle of a large plateau.该牧场位于一个辽阔高原的中部。
21 venerated 1cb586850c4f29e0c89c96ee106aaff4     
敬重(某人或某事物),崇敬( venerate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • My father venerated General Eisenhower. 我父亲十分敬仰艾森豪威尔将军。
  • He used the sacraments and venerated the saints. 他行使圣事,崇拜圣人。 来自英汉非文学 - 文明史
22 strapped ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc     
  • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
23 accordion rf1y7     
  • The accordion music in the film isn't very beautiful.这部影片中的手风琴音乐不是很好。
  • The accordion music reminds me of my boyhood.这手风琴的乐声让我回忆起了我的少年时代。
24 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
25 meteoric WwAy2     
  • In my mind,losing weight is just something meteoric.在我眼中,减肥不过是昙花一现的事情。
  • His early career had been meteoric.他的早期生涯平步青云。
26 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
27 sociologist 2wSwo     
  • His mother was a sociologist,researching socialism.他的母亲是个社会学家,研究社会主义。
  • Max Weber is a great and outstanding sociologist.马克斯·韦伯是一位伟大的、杰出的社会学家。
28 stereotypes 1ff39410e7d7a101c62ac42c17e0df24     
n.老套,模式化的见解,有老一套固定想法的人( stereotype的名词复数 )v.把…模式化,使成陈规( stereotype的第三人称单数 )
  • Such jokes tend to reinforce racial stereotypes. 这样的笑话容易渲染种族偏见。
  • It makes me sick to read over such stereotypes devoid of content. 这种空洞无物的八股调,我看了就讨厌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
29 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
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