NPR News Newsletter: Hong Kong Airport Chaos; El Paso And Dayton Funerals Begin; Houseboat Oasis

Published by NPR News on August 12th, 2019 12:17pm. 9 views.

An FBI agent is reunited with a baby he rescued from a box 22 years ago.
by Korva Coleman and Suzette Lohmeyer
First Up
Pro-democracy protesters occupy the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport, which was closed on Monday.
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Here’s what we’re following today. 

Thousands of demonstrators, wearing black clothing and carrying posters denouncing the police, filled Hong Kong International Airport, prompting the cancellation of more than 100 flights at one of the world's busiest transportation hubs.

The Trump administration is moving forward with the so-called "public charge" rule; the new regulation would limit the ability of immigrants to get green cards if are likely to use government benefits, such as SNAP or housing aid.

With the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein over the weekend, his accusers are regrouping to seek ways to pursue justice. Epstein died by apparent suicide on Saturday, after having reportedly attempted suicide two weeks earlier. 

Nearly 60,0000 public El Paso students start the school year Monday amidst an air of mourning, fear and resilience. Some people were back-to-school shopping when gunfire broke out at a Walmart, leaving 22 people dead.

An Indian reservation in Oregon has been without safe drinking water all summer. Nationally, the Indian Health Service has found Native people are nine times more likely to lack access to safe water.

At least 33 people have been killed and several people remain missing after a typhoon hit eastern China on Sunday. Typhoon Lekima swept along the coast south of Shanghai, causing hundreds of homes to collapse

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig goes on trial Monday for making alleged false statements about the work he did on behalf of powerful interests in Ukraine. The case against Craig stems from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Today's Listen
Could it happen here? How to cope after trauma. 
People light candles during a prayer and candle vigil organized by the city, after the recent shooting at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas.
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The idea that an act of violence could happen anywhere makes us anxious. People may think twice about attending a music festival or walking into a Walmart. But there are strategies to counter the fear — and move forward. (Listening time, 4:10)

The Daily Good
An FBI agent got a surprise visit — from the baby he saved 22 years ago. 
Special Agent Troy Sowers wanted something simple for his retirement from the FBI. "I asked for coffee and doughnuts," he says. Instead, he got a surprise: A visit from the baby boy he rescued from a kidnapper 22 years ago on one of his first assignments in the FBI.

Digging Deeper
Two very different churches feel the aftermath of Trump’s racist rhetoric.
Pastor Earnie Lucas of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., posted this message on his church sign around the same time that President Trump tweeted that four Democratic members of Congress — all women of color — should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
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The Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., has a sign out front that reads AMERICA: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. Pastor Earnie Lucas, who leads an all-white congregation, said he was talking about people in the U.S. illegally who "want to tear the place up." 

About two hours away, in Hopewell, Va., at a church also called The Friendship Baptist Church, Pastor Norwood Carson sees Lucas' sign as racist and says "to find out it came from a church just really took me for a loop." Carson hopes to talk to Lucas to try to understand more about what motivated the sign, and Lucas says he's open to the conversation. 

The Picture Show
Near D.C.'s corridors of power, some choose the laid-back houseboat life.
Paul Butler — with his cats, Nelson and Emma, aboard Spiritwood II — moved to Gangplank Marina in Washington, D.C., in 2007.
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A stone's throw from the White House and the U.S. Capitol, there's an oasis from the high-powered world of politicians, lobbyists and lawyers. The Gangplank Marina is a laid-back community of about 150 boat-dwellers who care less about your professional pedigree than about the beer you're bringing to happy hour.

Before You Go
  • Shhh … it’s time for book club. At silent book clubs, members meet up at a bar, a library or a  bookstore. Once the bell rings, silent reading time commences.
  • Space Force started as a joke, as President Trump riffed on the idea last year. Now, Congress could create the first new military service in more than 70 years.
  • You can see unicorns everywhere now. The term, used to describe companies that possess a rare kind of entrepreneurial magic, is under question after a recent boom has made unicorns a regular sighting. 

We erroneously called Smokey Bear "Smokey the Bear" in Friday's newsletter. Sorry for letting you down, Smokey! And we'll try to remember that only editors can prevent mistakes! 
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