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NPR 2010-06-04

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BP says it may find out in the next 12 to 14 hours whether its latest attempt to cap a devastating1 oil spill works. CEO Tony Hayward concedes it's risky2. Earlier, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen announced that the damaged pipe spewing crude from the floor of the Gulf3 of Mexico was successfully cut, allowing for a cap. But NPR's Carrie Kahn reports it took shears4 after a diamond saw kept getting stuck.

The shears did the trick and finally cut the damaged riser pipe, but the cut was not as clean as officials had hoped. Allen says that means when a containment5 cap is lowered over the severed6 pipe, the seal may not be as tight.

"We will have the option to use undersea dispersants to deal with any oil that might not be captured. It will be a kind of a test-and-adapt phase as we move ahead but a significant step forward this morning."

The White House told BP to go ahead and begin building five more sand berm barriers off the Louisiana shore. Local officials have been pushing BP for weeks to build the berms or give the state money to construct them which they say will be the best line of defense7 against the encroaching oil slick. Carrie Kahn, NPR News, Buras, Louisiana.

 

Across Turkey people are expressing outrage8 against Israel, once a close regional partner. Thousands attended the first funerals today for the nine people killed in an Israeli raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on Monday. Eight activists9 were Turks; one was an American of Turkish origin. Linda Gradstein also tells us that Middle East envoy10 George Mitchell is doing what he can to keep attempts at reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing11.

Speaking in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Mitchell said the incident underscored the need to make progress in negotiations12 between Israel and the Palestinians. Mitchell yesterday met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and is shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah to try to get direct talks restarted. Mitchell spoke13 as the United Nations and other countries urged Israel to accept an independent commission of inquiry14. Israeli officials say the army can conduct its own investigation15. For NPR News, I am Linda Gradstein in Jerusalem.

 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer16, still under fire for signing an immigration law opponents call racist17, says she and President Obama will find a way to resolve concerns about border security.

"I believe that we are protecting the people of Arizona, and beyond that, I believe we are protecting the people of America. We need to secure our border."

Brewer visited the White House today. She recently signed a law that requires police to check people's immigration status.

 

Fans say goodbye to another Golden Girl, award-winning actress Rue18 McClanahan in the role of sexy vixen Blanche Devereaux in the TV hit Golden Girls. She died today after succumbing19 to a stroke. She was 76 years old.

 

From Washington, this is NPR News.

 

A group of religious leaders is protesting a new show by Comedy Central which they believe will mock Jesus. The cartoon called JC is one of many projects and is not guaranteed to air. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty has more.

Comedy Central has often ridiculed20 Jesus, the Pope and evangelicals in its various shows. Now it's developing a South Park-like cartoon with Jesus as its central character, much to the dismay of a group of Christian21 and Jewish leaders. Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council accuses Comedy Central of a double standard.

"Why does Comedy Central give such deference22 to Islam while mocking Christianity? Is it because they confuse the civility of Christianity with weakness? And I think if that's the case, they may be shocked."

The group called Citizens Against Religious Bigotry23 has asked more than 250 large television advertisers to refuse to sponsor the show. More than 90,000 people have signed a petition protesting it. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR News.

 

Major League Baseball Commissioner24 Bud Selig will not reverse a bad call that cost tigers Armando Galarraga a perfect game yesterday. The umpire who made that call, Jim Joyce, has apologized to Galarraga.

 

Some analysts25 are calling the latest reports on the economy "encouraging". The government reports that last week slightly fewer newly unemployed26 Americans put in for jobless insurance than the week before, and productivity in first quarter rose, though not as sharply as first reported. The gain has been revised down from 3.6% to 2.8%.

 

Last check on Wall Street, Dow was up five points at 10,255.
 


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1 devastating muOzlG     
adj.毁灭性的,令人震惊的,强有力的
参考例句:
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
2 risky IXVxe     
adj.有风险的,冒险的
参考例句:
  • It may be risky but we will chance it anyhow.这可能有危险,但我们无论如何要冒一冒险。
  • He is well aware how risky this investment is.他心里对这项投资的风险十分清楚。
3 gulf 1e0xp     
n.海湾;深渊,鸿沟;分歧,隔阂
参考例句:
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
4 shears Di7zh6     
n.大剪刀
参考例句:
  • These garden shears are lightweight and easy to use.这些园丁剪刀又轻又好用。
  • With a few quick snips of the shears he pruned the bush.他用大剪刀几下子就把灌木给修剪好了。
5 containment fZnyi     
n.阻止,遏制;容量
参考例句:
  • Your list might include such things as cost containment,quality,or customer satisfaction.你的清单上应列有诸如成本控制、产品质量、客户满意程度等内容。
  • Insularity and self-containment,it is argued,go hand in hand.他们争论说,心胸狭窄和自我封闭是并存的。
6 severed 832a75b146a8d9eacac9030fd16c0222     
v.切断,断绝( sever的过去式和过去分词 );断,裂
参考例句:
  • The doctor said I'd severed a vessel in my leg. 医生说我割断了腿上的一根血管。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We have severed diplomatic relations with that country. 我们与那个国家断绝了外交关系。 来自《简明英汉词典》
7 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • 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。
8 outrage hvOyI     
n.暴行,侮辱,愤怒;vt.凌辱,激怒
参考例句:
  • When he heard the news he reacted with a sense of outrage.他得悉此事时义愤填膺。
  • We should never forget the outrage committed by the Japanese invaders.我们永远都不应该忘记日本侵略者犯下的暴行。
9 activists 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4     
n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
  • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 envoy xoLx7     
n.使节,使者,代表,公使
参考例句:
  • 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。
11 collapsing 6becc10b3eacfd79485e188c6ac90cb2     
压扁[平],毁坏,断裂
参考例句:
  • Rescuers used props to stop the roof of the tunnel collapsing. 救援人员用支柱防止隧道顶塌陷。
  • The rocks were folded by collapsing into the center of the trough. 岩石由于坍陷进入凹槽的中心而发生褶皱。
12 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
参考例句:
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
13 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
参考例句:
  • 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。
14 inquiry nbgzF     
n.打听,询问,调查,查问
参考例句:
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.许多家长迫切要求调查这个问题。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.调查的范围已经缩小到只剩5个人了。
15 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
16 brewer brewer     
n. 啤酒制造者
参考例句:
  • Brewer is a very interesting man. 布鲁尔是一个很有趣的人。
  • I decided to quit my job to become a brewer. 我决定辞职,做一名酿酒人。
17 racist GSRxZ     
n.种族主义者,种族主义分子
参考例句:
  • a series of racist attacks 一连串的种族袭击行为
  • His speech presented racist ideas under the guise of nationalism. 他的讲话以民族主义为幌子宣扬种族主义思想。
18 rue 8DGy6     
n.懊悔,芸香,后悔;v.后悔,悲伤,懊悔
参考例句:
  • You'll rue having failed in the examination.你会悔恨考试失败。
  • You're going to rue this the longest day that you live.你要终身悔恨不尽呢。
19 succumbing 36c865bf8da2728559e890710c281b3c     
不再抵抗(诱惑、疾病、攻击等)( succumb的现在分词 ); 屈从; 被压垮; 死
参考例句:
  • Mrs. Smith washed and ironed clothes for him, succumbing to him. 史密斯太太被他迷住了,愿意为他洗衣烫衣。
  • They would not in the end abandon their vital interests by succumbing to Soviet blandishment. 他们最终决不会受苏联人的甜言蜜语的诱惑,从而抛弃自己的切身利益。
20 ridiculed 81e89e8e17fcf40595c6663a61115a91     
v.嘲笑,嘲弄,奚落( ridicule的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • 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》
21 Christian KVByl     
adj.基督教徒的;n.基督教徒
参考例句:
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
22 deference mmKzz     
n.尊重,顺从;敬意
参考例句:
  • Do you treat your parents and teachers with deference?你对父母师长尊敬吗?
  • The major defect of their work was deference to authority.他们的主要缺陷是趋从权威。
23 bigotry Ethzl     
n.偏见,偏执,持偏见的行为[态度]等
参考例句:
  • She tried to dissociate herself from the bigotry in her past.她力图使自己摆脱她以前的偏见。
  • At least we can proceed in this matter without bigotry.目前这件事咱们至少可以毫无偏见地进行下去。
24 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。
25 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
26 unemployed lfIz5Q     
adj.失业的,没有工作的;未动用的,闲置的
参考例句:
  • There are now over four million unemployed workers in this country.这个国家现有四百万失业人员。
  • The unemployed hunger for jobs.失业者渴望得到工作。
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