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Stories for October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Leader Of The Velvet Underground, Has Reportedly Died

Oct. 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Lou Reed, the singer and songwriter whose work as a solo artist and as the leader of cult-favorite band The Velvet Underground influenced generations of musicians, has died at age 71, according to reports.

Early Release Draws Scant Interest In LA Jails

Oct. 27
Associated Press

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has tried to reduce jail overcrowding for years by putting low-level offenders into home detention and work-release programs, but those efforts have largely failed to make a dent.

Woman And Children Stabbed; Five Die In Brooklyn Attack

Oct. 27
Bill Chappell / NPR

Four children are among the dead in a stabbing attack that took place in Brooklyn Saturday night, New York officials say. Police say five people died from the attack at an apartment in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Emergency responders were called to the residence around 11 p.m.

Song For Ghosts 'Carries On' The Sorrow

Oct. 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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Weekend Edition has been asking you to share your scary stories, the ones that have become family lore. This week, we're sharing those stories and delving into how and why they affect us.

In The Long Run, Rebuilding Coastlines Could Prove Too Costly

Oct. 27
Rachel Martin / NPR
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One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.

San Diego Invited To Learn About Islam During Open Mosque Day

Oct. 27
City News Service

People of all faiths are invited to visit and learn about Islam Sunday during the tenth annual Open Mosque Day.

Calif. Gov Allows Freedom To Woman Who Killed Pimp

Oct. 27
Associated Press

A Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board's ruling that grants her freedom.