A group of kids opened a lemonade stand just outside the entrance to the U.S. Open golf championship in Bethesda, Md., this week, but their parents were fined $500 for not having a commercial permit. Host Scott Simon reports how the kids got a lesson in county politics and media exposure.
The different dimensions of the current conservative world are on display at separate conferences this weekend, with most of the Republican presidential candidates taking part in one or the other. In New Orleans, the Republican Leadership Conference is attracting about half the Republican field. In Minneapolis, several candidates will be on hand for the Internet-oriented RightOnLine conference. Host Scott Simon discusses these events with NPR correspondents Debbie Elliott in New Orleans and Ina Jaffe in Minneapolis.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi maintains a grip on power while Washington politicians attempt to get a grip on the War Powers Act. The 1973 law says military action must be authorized by Congress in 60 days, and if not, that action should end within 30 days. That 90-day deadline comes this weekend. NPR's David Welna reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Saturday that Afghanistan and the U.S. are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban. Also on Saturday, there was a suicide bomber attack near the presidential palace that cost two policemen their lives. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Quil Lawrence in Kabul.
Since Jaws, the combination of summertime and sharks has conjured images of killer fish stalking beaches as puffy-legged vacationers frolic in shallow waters, never suspecting that the animal which has been called the definitive predator has seen them, smelled them and now craves them.
There are three black and white photographs of my dad that tell the story of the last few years. My brother, Andy, took them, and they are both beautiful and brutal.
The first one is of my dad on an August day in 2008. He's standing in a lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Because of his tremors he's down to 130 pounds from his normal weight of 170.
"He looks like he's out of a concentration camp, he does," my dad says about the person in the photo. "Nothing I ate, nothing I did, helped me put on weight, because it all went out through my tremors."
When Alice Ozma was in the fourth grade, her family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college. Ozma was suddenly spending a lot more time alone with her dad, Jim Brozina, an elementary school librarian. So Ozma and her father made a pledge: to read together every single night for 100 days.
If it's a sunny weekend in Washington, chances are a motorcade will be leaving the White House for the golf course. President Obama typically golfs with the same small circle of friends and aides. One of his rules for a day on the course: No talking politics.
That changes Saturday. House Speaker John Boehner is joining the president for 18 holes. Vice President Biden and Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio are also coming along, turning this particular game into a much anticipated "golf summit."
This week some of the nation's biggest power tool companies sent their executives to Washington. They came to argue against tougher safety mandates for so-called table saws — the saws with large open spinning blades. NPR's Chris Arnold has this Reporter's Notebook.
Chicago officials be forewarned: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city's new chief executive, may drop in on you with no notice and administer a snap quiz.
In a conversation with Weekend Edition Saturday, Emanuel told host Scott Simon that he did just that recently.
Between two scheduled events, Emanuel decided to make an impromptu visit to a police precinct in a high crime area which was just assigned 57 additional extra police officers as part of the new mayor's effort to get more police out of desk jobs and onto the streets.