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Stories for July 27, 2013

How Americans Said 'No' To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction

July 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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In the 1980s, if you moved in certain circles — or picked up the newspaper — a certain white powder was everywhere, common as dust.

Gunman, Six Others, Killed In Florida Apartment Standoff

July 27
Scott Neuman / NPR

A Florida gunman seized hostages and killed six people in an eight-hour standoff at an apartment complex that ended early Saturday when a SWAT team stormed the building and fatally shot the assailant.

'Justice For Trayvon' Movement Struggles To Find Focus

July 27
Brakkton Booker / NPR
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In the two weeks since George Zimmerman's acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement.

Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food

July 27
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food.

Public Opinion May Give Russia An Edge In Snowden Case

July 27
Corey Flintoff / NPR
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Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps insisting that he doesn't want the case of a fugitive American intelligence contractor to harm relations between Russia and the United States.

Pie-Deprived New Orleans Roots For Bakery, A Year After Fire

July 27
Eve Troeh / NPR
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Almost any kind of comeback gets New Orleans excited, since the city lost so much in the flood after Hurricane Katrina. That goes especially for food.

'Emergency Summit' On Urban Violence Opens In Chicago

July 27
Natalie Moore / NPR
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Rep. Robin Kelly, one of the hosts of the urban violence summit in Chicago, said at the outset Friday that this wouldn't be just another summit.