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Stories for May 4, 2013

Times Square's Naked Cowboy Wrangles Some Co-Workers

May 4
Margot Adler / NPR
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In the bustle and craziness of New York's Times Square on a busy afternoon or night, you will see scores of costumed figures: Batman, Elmo, the Statue of Liberty.

Kentucky Derby: Rain-Soaked Track Awaits A New Champion

May 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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It's Derby Day in Kentucky, where days and weeks of anticipation will culminate in a race that lasts just over two minutes. When the starting gates open at 6:24 p.m. EDT, the 139th Kentucky Derby will have 19 horses in the field.

Former GOP Assemblyman Fletcher Joins Democrats

May 4
Patch Staff
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Former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced to supporters Saturday that he has joined the Democratic Party. Fletcher was a Republican when he was elected to the assembly in 2008, representing the 75th District.

Shifts In Weather And Strategy Help Slow Springs Wildfire

May 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Firefighters in Southern California are welcoming the latest weather forecast, as lower temperatures and higher humidity could help them control the Camarillo Springs Fire. But the wildfire along the coast remains formidable: It has reportedly burned at least 43 square miles of land and property, nearly doubling in size Friday.

Bulletproof Whiteboards And The Marketing Of School Safety

May 4
Liz Halloran / NPR
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A recent news item out of Minnesota caught our eye: "Bulletproof Whiteboards Unveiled at Rocori Schools."

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

May 4
Devin Katayama, Joseph Lord
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On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns

May 4
Wade Goodwyn / NPR
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The National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention in Houston this weekend. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend for speeches and demos and acres of guns, ammo and camo.