Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.
The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.
The Taliban says it's ready to free an American POW in exchange for five of their senior operatives held at Guantanamo. The U.S. prisoner is Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. He's been a prisoner of war for nearly four years. He's the only known U.S. POW from the Afghan war. Bergdahl is from Hailey, Idaho. And Jessica Robinson of Public Radio's Northwest News Network is headed there today for events marking the fourth anniversary of his capture. Jessica, welcome.
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In New York's Times Square, thousands of people are greeting the solstice with sun salutations. The Square is the scene today of mass yoga classes to honor the first day of summer. NPR's Margot Adler has this story about finding your center in the center of Manhattan.
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The rate of suicide in the military has spiked in the last decade. The reasons are complicated, and that makes treatment complicated too. For the past few days, we've been reporting on the problem. At Fort Bliss, the Army base in Texas, a program to help prevent suicide is showing good results.
Republicans and Democrats are looking at this year's race for governor in Virginia as a possible harbinger of the 2014 election. The contest pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democratic Party fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Both candidates are strongly supported by their respective bases, but sport strong negatives among moderate voters. The outcome could come down to turnout.
This spring, readers of The Orange County Register in Southern California started seeing much more coverage of local universities. What they probably did not know is that the stories are paid for by the schools. Depending on whom you ask, it is either a smart way to bring in revenue, or a serious breach of journalism ethics.
Anthony Marshall, the 89-year-old heir to the Brooke Astor fortune, is heading to prison in New York after exhausting appeals in his 2009 conviction for defrauding his famous mother.
A judge in Manhattan ordered Marshall to begin serving the one- to three-year prison term on charges that he exploited his philanthropist mother's ailing mental health to loot her millions. She died in 2007 at the age of 105.