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Stories for July 14, 2013

When Employees Need More Than An Advance On Their Paycheck

July 14
Marianne McCune / NPR
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Andrew Rosenkranz says at least two or three times a week, he finds himself sitting across from an employee at his market research firm near Seattle, listening to some complicated personal problem.

Remembering 'Glee's Cory Monteith

July 14
Nathan Rott / NPR
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The Cory Monteith that most Americans knew wasn't Cory Monteith at all. It was Finn Hudson, the high school football star turned "Glee" club member, whose singing talents were discovered in the shower during the musical comedy's pilot episode on Fox TV.

National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?'

July 14
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is reverberating far beyond Florida. On Sunday, President Obama acknowledged the strong passions the verdict has incited. He asked Americans "to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."

The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict?

July 14
Gene Demby / NPR
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A few weeks ago, Levar Burton, the actor best-known for his role as Geordi LaForge in Star Trek and the host of the long-running kids' show Reading Rainbow, appeared on a CNN roundtable and offered up a sobering how-to on driving while black:

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court

July 14
Mary Wilson / NPR
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Pennsylvania's voter ID law will be back in state court Monday after more than a year of legal limbo. A state judge will decide whether the 2012 law -- which hasn't been enforced -- violates the state's constitution.

The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford

July 14
Don Gonyea / NPR
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President Gerald R. Ford, the only American to serve as both vice president and president without ever being elected to either office, was born 100 years ago Sunday.

Why A Symbol For 'The' Probably Won't Take Off

July 14
Tyler Greenawalt / NPR
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An Australian restaurant owner-turned-innovator has created a character to replace the word "the" in the English language. Similar to how the ampersand replaces "and" and the "@" symbol replaces the word "at," Paul Mathis' character looks to simplify the most common word in the English language.

Civil Rights Groups Call Zimmerman Verdict A 'Miscarriage'

July 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Civil rights groups reacted with disappointment to the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Zimmerman's Brother: Race 'Wasn't An Element In This Case'

July 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, Jr., tells NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday that despite the acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it will be a "long time" before his brother's life returns to normal.

Angry, But Mostly Peaceful Protests Follow Zimmerman Acquittal

July 14
Scott Neuman, Greg Allen
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Months of intense media coverage, weeks of courtroom testimony and hours of jury deliberations boiled down to a not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, delivered by a jury of six women late Saturday.

With Fla. Verdict, Is Protective Clothing Still Required?

July 14
NPR

"I'm ashamed at how long it took me to realize why so many people in my family have been consumed with looking church-ready when they step out the door regardless of time or day."