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NPR 2010-02-17

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From NPR News in Washington, I’m Korva Coleman.

President Obama announced federal loan guarantees to build the first nuclear power plant in the US in three decades. NPR’s Kathy Lohr reports.

The 8.3-billion-dollar loan guarantee will pay for the construction and operation of two nuclear reactors1 to be built in Burke County, Georgia. The Southern Company reactors are part of the administration’s energy plan to reduce American dependence2 on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions3. The president said a bipartisan group will look into improving the safe storage of nuclear waste and Mr. Obama said plants must be held to the strictest safety standards. Loan guarantees are critical for plans to build any new nuclear plants, but critics say the costs are too high and they know the industry’s poor record of loan defaults. The Southern Company has applied4 to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permits and started site preparation but cannot begin building without NRC approval. The earliest that could come is 2011. Kathy Lohr, NPR News, Atlanta.

Automaker Toyota is suspending production at two US plants–-one in Texas and another in Kentucky––to deal with the massive vehicle recall. Toyota recalled more than eight million vehicles with brake and gas pedal problems. Earlier this year, Toyota suspended sales of new vehicles in order to deal with the matter. Dealers5 are still working through a backlog6 of unsold vehicles.

A Vatican meeting has ended today, with Pope Benedict urging Irish clergy7 to confront the sex scandal courageously8. He did not take action on victims’ demands that he force some bishops9 to resign. NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome.

A Vatican statement said the Pope called the sexual abuse of children “a heinous10 crime” that offends God. The meeting came two months after the Murphy Commission report into crimes by pedophile priests said the church in Ireland had obsessively11 concealed12 child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 to 2004 and operated a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. While 24 Irish bishops were meeting the Pope at the Vatican, anger flared13 in Ireland over the refusal of the papal envoy14 to appear before the Irish parliament. In a press conference here this afternoon, several Irish bishops evaded15 questions about what concrete steps were decided16 to restore the trust of Irish Catholics after revelations of decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. Cardinal17 Sean Brady, the Primate18 of All Ireland, said we are debating which are the appropriate penitential exercises. Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.


Iran’s president claims his country is installing new equipment at its main nuclear facility. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says new centrifuges are faster. Last week, Iran said it was starting enriching uranium at a higher level to use for medical needs.


On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials are up 122 points at 10,221.

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The George Polk Awards from Long Island University are among the nation’s most prestigious19 for journalism20 and some of the most prominent titles in media are again winners. One prize honors an anonymous21 group of people who captured and uploaded video of the bloody22 effects of repression23 in Iran. NPR’s David Folkenflik reports.

The Iranian regime was muzzling24 the media’s coverage25 of last summer’s protests when an onlooker26 took a video footage of a young woman lying in the street. She had been shot in the heart and was spitting up blood as she died. Her name was Neda. And once uploaded to YouTube, her video became a rallying cry. John Darnton, the curator of the George Polk Awards, said “This award celebrates the fact that in today’s world, a brave bystander with a cellphone camera can use video-sharing and social networking sites to deliver news”. Other honorees included the New York Times’s David Rohde for his account of being held captive by the Taliban and a team of reporters for Bloomberg News led by the late Mark Pittman who sought Federal Reserve Board records on the bank bailout and later sued the Fed. David Folkenflik, NPR News, New York.

Former President Bill Clinton is among mourners at the funeral of Pennsylvania Congressman27 John Murtha. He died last week after complications from surgery. Murtha was a Democrat28, first elected to a seat in 1974.

Astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavour will take a spacewalk tonight to unlock shutters29 on an observation deck they installed earlier. The crews will also have had installed a separate room for the International Space Station. The shuttle crew is scheduled to undock from the station on Friday. The Endeavour is scheduled to return to Earth this weekend.

I’m Korva Coleman, NPR News in Washington.


1 reactors 774794d45796c1ac60b7fda5e55a878b     
起反应的人( reactor的名词复数 ); 反应装置; 原子炉; 核反应堆
  • The TMI nuclear facility has two reactors. 三哩岛核设施有两个反应堆。 来自英汉非文学 - 环境法 - 环境法
  • The earliest production reactors necessarily used normal uranium as fuel. 最早为生产用的反应堆,必须使用普通铀作为燃料。
2 dependence 3wsx9     
  • Doctors keep trying to break her dependence of the drug.医生们尽力使她戒除毒瘾。
  • He was freed from financial dependence on his parents.他在经济上摆脱了对父母的依赖。
3 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
4 applied Tz2zXA     
  • She plans to take a course in applied linguistics.她打算学习应用语言学课程。
  • This cream is best applied to the face at night.这种乳霜最好晚上擦脸用。
5 dealers 95e592fc0f5dffc9b9616efd02201373     
n.商人( dealer的名词复数 );贩毒者;毒品贩子;发牌者
  • There was fast bidding between private collectors and dealers. 私人收藏家和交易商急速竞相喊价。
  • The police were corrupt and were operating in collusion with the drug dealers. 警察腐败,与那伙毒品贩子内外勾结。
6 backlog bPiyc     
  • It will take a month to clear the backlog of work.要花一个月的时间才能清理完积压的工作。
  • Investment is needed to reduce the backlog of repairs.需要投资来減轻积压的维修工作。
7 clergy SnZy2     
  • I could heartily wish that more of our country clergy would follow this example.我衷心希望,我国有更多的牧师效法这个榜样。
  • All the local clergy attended the ceremony.当地所有的牧师出席了仪式。
8 courageously wvzz8b     
  • Under the correct leadership of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, the army and civilians in flooded areas fought the floods courageously, reducing the losses to the minimum. 在中共中央、国务院的正确领导下,灾区广大军民奋勇抗洪,把灾害的损失减少到了最低限度。
  • He fought death courageously though his life was draining away. 他虽然生命垂危,但仍然勇敢地与死亡作斗争。
9 bishops 391617e5d7bcaaf54a7c2ad3fc490348     
(基督教某些教派管辖大教区的)主教( bishop的名词复数 ); (国际象棋的)象
  • Each player has two bishops at the start of the game. 棋赛开始时,每名棋手有两只象。
  • "Only sheriffs and bishops and rich people and kings, and such like. “他劫富济贫,抢的都是郡长、主教、国王之类的富人。
10 heinous 6QrzC     
  • They admitted to the most heinous crimes.他们承认了极其恶劣的罪行。
  • I do not want to meet that heinous person.我不想见那个十恶不赦的人。
11 obsessively 0c180424cba71c2e5a90cdda44a64400     
  • Peter was obsessively jealous and his behaviour was driving his wife away. 彼得过分嫉妒的举止令他的妻子想离他而去。
  • He's rude to his friends and obsessively jealous. 他对他的朋友很无礼而且嫉妒心重。
12 concealed 0v3zxG     
  • The paintings were concealed beneath a thick layer of plaster. 那些画被隐藏在厚厚的灰泥层下面。
  • I think he had a gun concealed about his person. 我认为他当时身上藏有一支枪。
13 Flared Flared     
adj. 端部张开的, 爆发的, 加宽的, 漏斗式的 动词flare的过去式和过去分词
  • The match flared and went out. 火柴闪亮了一下就熄了。
  • The fire flared up when we thought it was out. 我们以为火已经熄灭,但它突然又燃烧起来。
14 envoy xoLx7     
  • Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.他们的代表对我方的提议毫无回应的迹象。
  • The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.政府尚未向这一地区派过外交官。
15 evaded 4b636015da21a66943b43217559e0131     
逃避( evade的过去式和过去分词 ); 避开; 回避; 想不出
  • For two weeks they evaded the press. 他们有两周一直避而不见记者。
  • The lion evaded the hunter. 那狮子躲开了猎人。
16 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。
17 cardinal Xcgy5     
  • This is a matter of cardinal significance.这是非常重要的事。
  • The Cardinal coloured with vexation. 红衣主教感到恼火,脸涨得通红。
18 primate A1YzI     
  • 14 percent of primate species are highly endangered.14%的灵长类物种处于高度濒危状态。
  • The woolly spider monkey is the largest primate in the Americas.绒毛蛛猴是美洲最大的灵长类动物。
19 prestigious nQ2xn     
  • The young man graduated from a prestigious university.这个年轻人毕业于一所名牌大学。
  • You may even join a prestigious magazine as a contributing editor.甚至可能会加入一个知名杂志做编辑。
20 journalism kpZzu8     
  • He's a teacher but he does some journalism on the side.他是教师,可还兼职做一些新闻工作。
  • He had an aptitude for journalism.他有从事新闻工作的才能。
21 anonymous lM2yp     
  • Sending anonymous letters is a cowardly act.寄匿名信是懦夫的行为。
  • The author wishes to remain anonymous.作者希望姓名不公开。
22 bloody kWHza     
  • He got a bloody nose in the fight.他在打斗中被打得鼻子流血。
  • He is a bloody fool.他是一个十足的笨蛋。
23 repression zVyxX     
  • The repression of your true feelings is harmful to your health.压抑你的真实感情有害健康。
  • This touched off a new storm against violent repression.这引起了反对暴力镇压的新风暴。
24 muzzling 5dcdb645dbafeaf7f1cd1b523317265b     
给(狗等)戴口套( muzzle的现在分词 ); 使缄默,钳制…言论
  • They accused the government of muzzling the press. 他们指责政府压制新闻自由。
25 coverage nvwz7v     
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
26 onlooker 7I8xD     
  • A handful of onlookers stand in the field watching.少数几个旁观者站在现场观看。
  • One onlooker had to be restrained by police.一个旁观者遭到了警察的制止。
27 Congressman TvMzt7     
  • 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。
28 democrat Xmkzf     
  • The Democrat and the Public criticized each other.民主党人和共和党人互相攻击。
  • About two years later,he was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter.大约两年后,他被民主党人杰米卡特击败。
29 shutters 74d48a88b636ca064333022eb3458e1f     
百叶窗( shutter的名词复数 ); (照相机的)快门
  • The shop-front is fitted with rolling shutters. 那商店的店门装有卷门。
  • The shutters thumped the wall in the wind. 在风中百叶窗砰砰地碰在墙上。
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