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NPR 2009-02-08

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Hundreds of fishermen were stranded1 on Lake Erie today, when a huge slab2 of ice on which they were fishing broke away from the Ohio shoreline. The Coast Guard and others have rescued more than 100 people so far, but one person died after falling into the water. Coast Guard spokesman William Mitchell.

"We have had to mobilize what is a tremendous force of not only coastguard, but also local assets to use every single boat and helicopter that is in the area to go out and get these guys."

Mitchell says the fishermen apparently4 used pieces of wood to create a bridge over a crack in the ice so they can venture farther onto the frozen lake.  But shifting winds and water currents expanded the crack and the ice flow broke away, stranding5 the fishermen about 1,000 yards offshore6.

Vice7 President Joe Biden says the Obama administration wants to make a fresh start in US relations with Russia, but will not abandon the planned missile defense8 system which has angered the Kremlin. Speaking at a security conference in Munich today, Biden also sought to reassure9 European allies about the administration's foreign policy goals. NPR's Rob Gifford reports from Munich.

In his speech to the delegates here, he reiterated10 many of the themes that President Obama himself has laid out in his first weeks in office, promising11 to listen more to US allies and to consult more. "America needs the world just as I believe the world needs America." He spoke3 frequently of the renewal12 of the relationship between the US and Europe and promised to lead by example in the world. In return for a greater willingness to consult, though, Biden said the US has expected European allies to take a greater share of the burden in crucial international issues. He also restated President Obama's offer to talk to Iran while maintaining the strict requirement that Iran abandon any ambitions  it may have to develop nuclear weapons. Rob Gifford, NPR News, Munich.

The Senate is debating economic stimulus13 legislation in a rare Saturday session despite the agreement last night on a compromise version that Democratic leaders say has enough votes to pass. The compromise cut more than 100 billion dollars in spending from the administration's proposal, but even so, GOP Senator John Ensign of Nevada says the bill remains14 too costly15. "You also have to be careful on the size of the spending because you can't just keep printing money like this. Not only you will have to have higher taxes in the future, it causes inflation. It's a basic economic principle." But President Obama says the bill, while not perfect, needs to be passed as soon as possible. "The scale and scope of this plan is right and the time for action is now. Because if we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe16." Mr. Obama speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Australia's worst wildfire disaster in a quarter century has reportedly caused at least 25 deaths. Walls of flame are roaring across the southeastern part of the continent.

This is NPR News from Washington.

A judge in Texas has exonerated17 Timothy Cole, a man who died in prison after serving 13 years for a rape18 he did not commit. From Dallas, NPR's Wade19 Goodwyn has the story.

Cole was convicted on the testimony20 of the rape victim back in the mid-1980s. There was no physical evidence tying him to the crime. But after the statute21 of limitations ran out, a different man, who was serving 99 years in prison for two other rapes22, tried to confess to raping23 the Texas Tech student. But the criminal justice system in Lubbock ignored his confessions24, and Tim Cole ended up dying in prison before modern DNA25 testing proved he was innocent. Yesterday a Texas judge made history by posthumously26 exonerating27 and expunging28 Tim Cole's record. Wade Goodwyn, NPR News, Dallas.

Security forces in Madagascar opened fire on a crowd of protesters who gathered outside the presidential palace in the capital today. More than 20 people were reportedly killed. Christina Corbett reports the clash was the latest incident in a power struggle between the country's president and an opposition29 leader.

Around 15, 000 supporters of the opposition leader and former Mayor of Antananarivo Andry Rajoelina gathered in the city center early on Saturday. Mr. Rajoelina addressed the rally and again called for a transitional government to be put in place in Madagascar. He is insisting that Marc Ravalomanana stand down from the presidency30, but the peaceful demonstration31 deteriorated32 when the crowd marched on the president's offices where riot police opened fire. Shooting continued for over an hour and smoke was seen rising into the sky from the streets. Christina Corbett reporting from the capital of Madagascar.


1 stranded thfz18     
  • He was stranded in a strange city without money. 他流落在一个陌生的城市里, 身无分文,一筹莫展。
  • I was stranded in the strange town without money or friends. 我困在那陌生的城市,既没有钱,又没有朋友。
2 slab BTKz3     
  • This heavy slab of oak now stood between the bomb and Hitler.这时笨重的橡木厚板就横在炸弹和希特勒之间了。
  • The monument consists of two vertical pillars supporting a horizontal slab.这座纪念碑由两根垂直的柱体构成,它们共同支撑着一块平板。
3 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
4 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。
5 stranding e218008cc786ec283498aa494bef8273     
n.(船只)搁浅v.使滞留,使搁浅( strand的现在分词 )
  • The airport had to be closed, stranding tourists. 机场被迫关闭,造成游客滞留。 来自辞典例句
  • The stream of history had changed course away from him, stranding him in failure. 历史潮流已经改变方向,与他背道而驰,使他陷于失败之中。 来自辞典例句
6 offshore FIux8     
  • A big program of oil exploration has begun offshore.一个大规模的石油勘探计划正在近海展开。
  • A gentle current carried them slowly offshore.和缓的潮流慢慢地把他们带离了海岸。
7 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
8 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
9 reassure 9TgxW     
  • This seemed to reassure him and he continued more confidently.这似乎使他放心一点,于是他更有信心地继续说了下去。
  • The airline tried to reassure the customers that the planes were safe.航空公司尽力让乘客相信飞机是安全的。
10 reiterated d9580be532fe69f8451c32061126606b     
反复地说,重申( reiterate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • "Well, I want to know about it,'she reiterated. “嗯,我一定要知道你的休假日期,"她重复说。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
  • Some twenty-two years later President Polk reiterated and elaborated upon these principles. 大约二十二年之后,波尔克总统重申这些原则并且刻意阐释一番。
11 promising BkQzsk     
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
12 renewal UtZyW     
  • Her contract is coming up for renewal in the autumn.她的合同秋天就应该续签了。
  • Easter eggs symbolize the renewal of life.复活蛋象征新生。
13 stimulus 3huyO     
  • 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。
14 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
15 costly 7zXxh     
  • It must be very costly to keep up a house like this.维修这么一幢房子一定很昂贵。
  • This dictionary is very useful,only it is a bit costly.这本词典很有用,左不过贵了些。
16 catastrophe WXHzr     
  • I owe it to you that I survived the catastrophe.亏得你我才大难不死。
  • This is a catastrophe beyond human control.这是一场人类无法控制的灾难。
17 exonerated a20181989844e1ecc905ba688f235077     
v.使免罪,免除( exonerate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The police report exonerated Lewis from all charges of corruption. 警方的报告免除了对刘易斯贪污的所有指控。
  • An investigation exonerated the school from any blame. 一项调查证明该学校没有任何过失。 来自辞典例句
18 rape PAQzh     
  • The rape of the countryside had a profound ravage on them.对乡村的掠夺给他们造成严重创伤。
  • He was brought to court and charged with rape.他被带到法庭并被指控犯有强奸罪。
19 wade nMgzu     
  • We had to wade through the river to the opposite bank.我们只好涉水过河到对岸。
  • We cannot but wade across the river.我们只好趟水过去。
20 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。
21 statute TGUzb     
  • Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute.保障消费者利益已在法令里作了规定。
  • The next section will consider this environmental statute in detail.下一部分将详细论述环境法令的问题。
22 rapes db4d8af84453b45d758b9eaf77e1eb82     
n.芸苔( rape的名词复数 );强奸罪;强奸案;肆意损坏v.以暴力夺取,强夺( rape的第三人称单数 );强奸
  • The man who had committed several rapes was arrested. 那个犯了多起强奸案的男人被抓起来了。 来自辞典例句
  • The incidence of reported rapes rose 0.8 percent. 美国联邦调查局还发布了两份特别报告。 来自互联网
23 raping 4f9bdcc4468fbfd7a8114c83498f4f61     
v.以暴力夺取,强夺( rape的现在分词 );强奸
  • In response, Charles VI sent a punitive expedition to Brittany, raping and killing the populace. 作为报复,查理六世派军讨伐布列塔尼,奸淫杀戮平民。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The conquerors marched on, burning, killing, raping and plundering as they went. 征服者所到之处烧杀奸掠,无所不做。 来自互联网
24 confessions 4fa8f33e06cadcb434c85fa26d61bf95     
n.承认( confession的名词复数 );自首;声明;(向神父的)忏悔
  • It is strictly forbidden to obtain confessions and to give them credence. 严禁逼供信。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Neither trickery nor coercion is used to secure confessions. 既不诱供也不逼供。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
25 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
26 posthumously posthumously     
  • He was confirmed posthumously as a member of the Chinese Communist Party. 他被追认为中国共产党党员。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Her last book was published posthumously in 1948. 她最后的一本书在她死后于1948 年出版了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
27 exonerating a95dd5c7ac10ac88386363a8d0df3a2a     
v.使免罪,免除( exonerate的现在分词 )
28 expunging 9ae004afda136b6e368e58fd44db6ad6     
v.擦掉( expunge的现在分词 );除去;删去;消除
29 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
30 presidency J1HzD     
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
31 demonstration 9waxo     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
32 deteriorated a4fe98b02a18d2ca4fe500863af93815     
恶化,变坏( deteriorate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her health deteriorated rapidly, and she died shortly afterwards. 她的健康状况急剧恶化,不久便去世了。
  • His condition steadily deteriorated. 他的病情恶化,日甚一日。
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