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NPR 2008-05-25

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Emergency crews in Kansas are still assessing the damage from the dozens of tornadoes1 that hit parts of the state last night. At least two people were killed. Sharon Watson is a spokeswoman for the state's Adjutant General's Department. "We've got many, many, er, reports of damaged homes,er,destroyed homes and mobile homes and outbuildings throughout the state. " Watson says authorities are using light aircraft to survey the damage. Storms in Oklahoma today have spawned2 several tornadoes. There's been no word so far of any significant damage there.

 President Bush is calling on Americans to pay tribute to veterans this Memorial Day weekend. Congressional Democrats3 say the best way to do that is to make sure that men and women returning from military service get the veterans' benefits they deserve. NPR's Allison Keyes has the story.

 The president says the nation will mark a moment of remembrance on Monday at 3 p.m. to honor the sacrifices of those who fought for this country. But, he adds, "Their bravery has done more than simply win battles. It has done more than win wars. It has secured the way of life for our entire country. " And in the Democratic response, Ohio State senator John Boccieri says the best way to honor soldiers is to expand the GI Bill to guarantee full college scholarships for people with three years of military service. "If our veterans want to go to college, they should be able to do so the minute their boots hit the ground. " The Democratic-led Senate passed the GI Bill on Thursday. The Bush Administration opposes the measure. Allison Keyes, NPR News, Washington.

 On Memorial Day weekend, tradition in the nation's capital is the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride through the city to honor veterans and to focus attention on POW/MIA issues. John Ryan says he and his friends felt the pinch of high gas prices this year. "My cost is about 5060 dollars right now in gas to get down there on the motorcycles. And it's, um, if you think about it, it's a very small price to pay considering what our vets4 are paying right now with their lives. " Ryan says the Rolling Thunder event usually draws tens of thousands of riders and spectators.

 Seven candidates who hope to be the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee5 will debate in Denver this evening. NPR's Jeff Brady has the story from Denver.

 Over the last few days, candidates have been collecting tokens from about 620 delegates to qualify for the debates. Those receiving the most were libertarian activist6 Mary Ruwart, sports handicapper Wayne Root and former Georgia Republican Congressman7 Bob Barr. Their performance could be an early indication of who's leading the race for the nomination8, or it might not. Delegates will vote Sunday afternoon and just about anything could happen between now and then. Libertarian Party officials seemed proud of the fact that their candidate is actually picked at the convention, contrasted by Republicans and Democrats who typically know their candidate well in advance. Holding the Libertarian Party's gathering9 in Denver is a bit of a homecoming for the organization. It was found in 1971, just about an hour south of here in Colorado Springs. Jeff Brady, NPR News, Denver. The debate begins in about two hours.

 This is NPR News from Washington.

 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is criticizing GOP candidate John McCain for opposing legislation that would provide college scholarships for people who've served in the military. "Putting a college degree within reach for our veterans isn't being too generous. It's the least we can do for our heroes. " Obama was campaigning in Puerto Rico today. McCain opposes the scholarship measure as does the Pentagon, because it applies to people who have served just three years in uniform. McCain and Obama had a sharp exchange about the proposal during debate in the Senate on Thursday.

 Police in Phoenix10 have been given authority to enforce federal immigration laws in the city. That move could increase the number of illegal immigrants being deported11 from the state. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Mark Moran reports.

 It is a small but significant change in the police department's operations rulebook. Order 1.4 prohibited Phoenix police officers from asking a person about their citizenship13 even after they were arrested. Under the new policy, everyone who is arrested in Phoenix will be asked. Supporters of the rule change say it will make it easier for local police and federal immigration officials to work together better, apprehend14 and deport12 more illegal immigrants. Critics say it's a violation15 of civil rights. Debate over illegal immigration has been so heated in Phoenix in recent months that a group of angry residents drafted a petition to recall Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, claiming that he is not doing enough to slow the flow of undocumented migrants into the city. For NPR News, I'm Mark Moran in Phoenix.

 Firefighters in California are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions as they try to contain a wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The blaze has destroyed at least 17 homes so far.


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1 tornadoes d428421c5237427db20a5bcb22937389     
n.龙卷风,旋风( tornado的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Tornadoes, severe earthquakes, and plagues create wide spread havoc. 龙卷风、大地震和瘟疫成普遍的毁坏。 来自互联网
  • Meteorologists are at odds over the working of tornadoes. 气象学者对龙卷风的运动方式看法不一。 来自互联网
2 spawned f3659a6561090f869f5f32f7da4b950e     
(鱼、蛙等)大量产(卵)( spawn的过去式和过去分词 ); 大量生产
参考例句:
  • The band's album spawned a string of hit singles. 这支乐队的专辑繁衍出一连串走红的单曲唱片。
  • The computer industry has spawned a lot of new companies. 由于电脑工业的发展,许多新公司纷纷成立。
3 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 vets 3e28450179d627638b3132ebb3ba0906     
abbr.veterans (复数)老手,退伍军人;veterinaries (复数)兽医n.兽医( vet的名词复数 );老兵;退伍军人;兽医诊所v.审查(某人过去的记录、资格等)( vet的第三人称单数 );调查;检查;诊疗
参考例句:
  • I helped train many young vets and veterinary nurses too. 我还帮助培训了许多年青的兽医和护士。 来自互联网
  • In fact, we've expanded mental health counseling and services for our vets. 实际上,我们已经扩大了退伍军人的心理健康咨询和服务。 来自互联网
5 nominee FHLxv     
n.被提名者;被任命者;被推荐者
参考例句:
  • 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。
6 activist gyAzO     
n.活动分子,积极分子
参考例句:
  • He's been a trade union activist for many years.多年来他一直是工会的积极分子。
  • He is a social activist in our factory.他是我厂的社会活动积极分子。
7 Congressman TvMzt7     
n.(美)国会议员
参考例句:
  • He related several anecdotes about his first years as a congressman.他讲述自己初任议员那几年的几则轶事。
  • The congressman is meditating a reply to his critics.这位国会议员正在考虑给他的批评者一个答复。
8 nomination BHMxw     
n.提名,任命,提名权
参考例句:
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
9 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
10 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
11 deported 97686e795f0449007421091b03c3297e     
v.将…驱逐出境( deport的过去式和过去分词 );举止
参考例句:
  • They stripped me of my citizenship and deported me. 他们剥夺我的公民资格,将我驱逐出境。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The convicts were deported to a deserted island. 罪犯们被流放到一个荒岛。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 deport aw2x6     
vt.驱逐出境
参考例句:
  • We deport aliens who slip across our borders.我们把偷渡入境的外国人驱逐出境。
  • More than 240 England football fans are being deported from Italy following riots last night.昨晚的骚乱发生后有240多名英格兰球迷被驱逐出意大利。
13 citizenship AV3yA     
n.市民权,公民权,国民的义务(身份)
参考例句:
  • He was born in Sweden,but he doesn't have Swedish citizenship.他在瑞典出生,但没有瑞典公民身分。
  • Ten years later,she chose to take Australian citizenship.十年后,她选择了澳大利亚国籍。
14 apprehend zvqzq     
vt.理解,领悟,逮捕,拘捕,忧虑
参考例句:
  • I apprehend no worsening of the situation.我不担心局势会恶化。
  • Police have not apprehended her killer.警察还未抓获谋杀她的凶手。
15 violation lLBzJ     
n.违反(行为),违背(行为),侵犯
参考例句:
  • He roared that was a violation of the rules.他大声说,那是违反规则的。
  • He was fined 200 dollars for violation of traffic regulation.他因违反交通规则被罚款200美元。
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