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NPR 2009-02-01

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Across Iraq today voters cast ballots1 in provincial3 elections that were seen as a test of whether their country can build on its security gains and work to forge new political coalitions5. NPR's JJ Sutherland reports the voting was peaceful.

Iraqi election officials say there was almost no violence and just a few scattered6 allegations of fraud or intimidation7. All told more than 14,000 candidates were running for 440 seats on the provincial councils which have significant power here -- selecting the governor and overseeing a large amount of money from the federal government. For the first time, Sunnis participated in large numbers. They boycotted9 the vote in 2005. As a result of the boycott8, some provinces where they are the majority have been run by ethnic10 or religious minorities. Among Shiites the battle was in the south of the country between two parties, who, while are partners in the coalition4 government at the federal level for the moment, fiercely battled for control of the provinces as a precursor11 to national elections later this year. JJ Sutherland, NPR News, Najaf, Iraq.

President Obama issued a statement congratulating the people of Iraq on the elections today.


Mr. Obama is pressing Congress to complete work quickly on an economic recovery plan, but Republican lawmakers say they still have concerns about the administration's proposal. NPR's Allison Keyes has more.

The plan passed the House last week without a single Republican vote and the president is hoping for different results in the Senate. "I will continue working with both parties so that the strongest possible bill gets to my desk. With the stakes so high we simply cannot afford the same old gridlock and partisan12 posturing13 in Washington."

But in a Republican address, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the stimulus14 plan, quoting here, "falls far short of the president's vision for a bill that creates jobs and puts us on a path to long-term economic health". McConnell pledged to work with Mr. Obama, but warned against treating government spending like a "trillion-dollar Christmas list". Allison Keyes, NPR News, Washington.

Utility crews are working around the clock to restore electricity to more than half a million homes and businesses mainly in Kentucky after this week's severe ice storm that downed power lines from the Midwest to the East Coast. Some of the weary crews are stopping for meals at Lambert's Diner in Utica, Kentucky where employee Carol Rice says the wait for many without power will be measured in weeks, not days. "They have been severing15 here. They are working on the road rather early this morning, cutting tree limbs off. It is said there're three weeks before I get my power back."

Emergency room doctors are reporting an increase in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from people improperly16 using generators17 or resorting to charcoal18 grills19 for warmth. Barbara Mackovic is a spokeswoman for Jewish Hospital in Louisville." Seventeen individuals have come from outside of the Louisville area. Jewish Hospital is the one location in Kentucky that has the hyperbaric chamber20 that is used for this type of condition." The ice storm is being blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Midwest.

This is NPR News from Washington.

World leaders meeting at the Economic Forum21 in Davos, Switzerland are warning nations against taking any protectionist steps which could make the global economic crisis more severe. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the gathering22 that countries facing rising unemployment, recession and financial instability must lean against efforts to impose trade barriers. He called free trade and global cooperation the only path forward.


Two defensive23 standouts have been elected to the Pro2 Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility24 along with four other people. From member station WUSF, Steve Newborn has the story.

The selections were made by a group of veteran sports writers who were convening25 in Tampa for the Super Bowl. The biggest name that makes it to the Hall of Fame is Bruce Smith, who holds several League records for a quarterback sack and led the Buffalo26 Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances. Also getting the nod for the Hall is Rod Woodson, who appeared with three different teams in the Super Bowl. But for the third year in a row, former NFL Commissioner27 Paul Tagliabue didn't make the cut. He retired28 in 2006 after 17 years on the job. Others selected for the Hall of Fame include former Dallas Cowboys star Bob Hayes, Buffalo Bills' owner Ralph Wilson, Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs and former Minnesota Vikings guard Randall McDaniel. For NPR News, I'm Steve Newborn in Tampa.

Among the hundreds of Super Bowl parties set for tomorrow will be one of the White House. President Obama has invited a group of lawmakers, some Republicans, many Democrats29 to join him to watch the game. NBC says it has sold all of the advertising30 slots for tomorrow's broadcast that pushes the total advertising revenue to the, for the Super Bowl to a record $206 million.


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1 ballots 06ecb554beff6a03babca6234edefde4     
n.投票表决( ballot的名词复数 );选举;选票;投票总数v.(使)投票表决( ballot的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • They're counting the ballots. 他们正在计算选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The news of rigged ballots has rubbed off much of the shine of their election victory. 他们操纵选票的消息使他们在选举中获得的胜利大为减色。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 pro tk3zvX     
n.赞成,赞成的意见,赞成者
参考例句:
  • The two debating teams argued the question pro and con.辩论的两组从赞成与反对两方面辩这一问题。
  • Are you pro or con nuclear disarmament?你是赞成还是反对核裁军?
3 provincial Nt8ye     
adj.省的,地方的;n.外省人,乡下人
参考例句:
  • City dwellers think country folk have provincial attitudes.城里人以为乡下人思想迂腐。
  • Two leading cadres came down from the provincial capital yesterday.昨天从省里下来了两位领导干部。
4 coalition pWlyi     
n.结合体,同盟,结合,联合
参考例句:
  • The several parties formed a coalition.这几个政党组成了政治联盟。
  • Coalition forces take great care to avoid civilian casualties.联盟军队竭尽全力避免造成平民伤亡。
5 coalitions d0242280efffddf593dc27d3aa62fa55     
结合体,同盟( coalition的名词复数 ); (两党或多党)联合政府
参考例句:
  • History testifies to the ineptitude of coalitions in waging war. 历史昭示我们,多数国家联合作战,其进行甚为困难。
  • All the coalitions in history have disintegrated sooner or later. 历史上任何联盟迟早都垮台了。
6 scattered 7jgzKF     
adj.分散的,稀疏的;散步的;疏疏落落的
参考例句:
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
7 intimidation Yq2zKi     
n.恐吓,威胁
参考例句:
  • The Opposition alleged voter intimidation by the army.反对党声称投票者受到军方的恐吓。
  • The gang silenced witnesses by intimidation.恶帮用恐吓的手段使得证人不敢说话。
8 boycott EW3zC     
n./v.(联合)抵制,拒绝参与
参考例句:
  • We put the production under a boycott.我们联合抵制该商品。
  • The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.这个抗争持续了一年直到维多利亚教育局妥协为止。
9 boycotted 6c96ed45faa5f8d73cbb35ff299d9ccc     
抵制,拒绝参加( boycott的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • Athletes from several countries boycotted the Olympic Games. 有好几国的运动员抵制奥林匹克运动会。
  • The opposition party earlier boycotted the Diet agenda, demanding Miyaji's resignation. 反对党曾杯葛国会议程,要宫路下台。
10 ethnic jiAz3     
adj.人种的,种族的,异教徒的
参考例句:
  • This music would sound more ethnic if you played it in steel drums.如果你用钢鼓演奏,这首乐曲将更具民族特色。
  • The plan is likely only to aggravate ethnic frictions.这一方案很有可能只会加剧种族冲突。
11 precursor rPOx1     
n.先驱者;前辈;前任;预兆;先兆
参考例句:
  • Error is often the precursor of what is correct.错误常常是正确的先导。
  • He said that the deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.他说该笔交易不应该被看作是合并的前兆。
12 partisan w4ZzY     
adj.党派性的;游击队的;n.游击队员;党徒
参考例句:
  • In their anger they forget all the partisan quarrels.愤怒之中,他们忘掉一切党派之争。
  • The numerous newly created partisan detachments began working slowly towards that region.许多新建的游击队都开始慢慢地向那里移动。
13 posturing 1785febcc47e6193be90be621fdf70d9     
做出某种姿势( posture的现在分词 )
参考例句:
  • She was posturing a model. 她正在摆模特儿的姿势。
  • She says the President may just be posturing. 她说总统也许只是在做样子而已。
14 stimulus 3huyO     
n.刺激,刺激物,促进因素,引起兴奋的事物
参考例句:
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
15 severing 03ba12fb016b421f1fdaea1351e38cb3     
v.切断,断绝( sever的现在分词 );断,裂
参考例句:
  • The death of a second parent is like severing an umbilical cord to our past. 父母当中第二个人去世,就象斩断了把我们同过去联在一起的纽带。 来自辞典例句
  • The severing theory and severing method for brittle block are studied. 研究裂纹技术应用于分离脆性块体的分离理论和分离方法。 来自互联网
16 improperly 1e83f257ea7e5892de2e5f2de8b00e7b     
不正确地,不适当地
参考例句:
  • Of course it was acting improperly. 这样做就是不对嘛!
  • He is trying to improperly influence a witness. 他在试图误导证人。
17 generators 49511c3cf5edacaa03c4198875f15e4e     
n.发电机,发生器( generator的名词复数 );电力公司
参考例句:
  • The factory's emergency generators were used during the power cut. 工厂应急发电机在停电期间用上了。
  • Power can be fed from wind generators into the electricity grid system. 电力可以从风力发电机流入输电网。 来自《简明英汉词典》
18 charcoal prgzJ     
n.炭,木炭,生物炭
参考例句:
  • We need to get some more charcoal for the barbecue.我们烧烤需要更多的碳。
  • Charcoal is used to filter water.木炭是用来过滤水的。
19 grills 9d5be5605118251ddee0c25cd1da00e8     
n.烤架( grill的名词复数 );(一盘)烤肉;格板;烧烤餐馆v.烧烤( grill的第三人称单数 );拷问,盘问
参考例句:
  • Backyard barbecue grills could be proscribed. 里弄烤肉店会被勒令停业的。 来自辞典例句
  • Both side inlets have horizontal grills and incorporate impressive fog lamps. 两侧进气口的水平烤架并纳入令人印象深刻的雾灯。 来自互联网
20 chamber wnky9     
n.房间,寝室;会议厅;议院;会所
参考例句:
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.对许多人来说,牙医的治疗室一直是间受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.会议厅里灯火辉煌。
21 forum cilx0     
n.论坛,讨论会
参考例句:
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
22 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。
23 defensive buszxy     
adj.防御的;防卫的;防守的
参考例句:
  • Their questions about the money put her on the defensive.他们问到钱的问题,使她警觉起来。
  • The Government hastily organized defensive measures against the raids.政府急忙布置了防卫措施抵御空袭。
24 eligibility xqXxL     
n.合格,资格
参考例句:
  • What are the eligibility requirements? 病人被选参加试验的要求是什么? 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
  • Eligibility for HINARI access is based on gross national income (GNI). 进入HINARI获取计划是依据国民总收入来评定的。
25 convening 4d413e01efbc28ab0312f400ad5ce18a     
召开( convene的现在分词 ); 召集; (为正式会议而)聚集; 集合
参考例句:
  • When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. 民10:7但招聚会众的时候、们要吹号、不要吹出大声。
  • We warmly welcome the convening of Asia-Europe meeting in London. 热烈欢迎亚欧会议在伦敦召开。
26 buffalo 1Sby4     
n.(北美)野牛;(亚洲)水牛
参考例句:
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亚洲水牛比美洲水牛温顺些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 这双靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
27 commissioner gq3zX     
n.(政府厅、局、处等部门)专员,长官,委员
参考例句:
  • The commissioner has issued a warrant for her arrest.专员发出了对她的逮捕令。
  • He was tapped for police commissioner.他被任命为警务处长。
28 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
29 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》
30 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
参考例句:
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
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