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Nina Martinez just became the world's first living HIV-positive organ donor. In a medical breakthrough, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital late last month successfully transplanted one of her kidneys to a recipient who is also HIV positive. "I feel wonderful," Martinez, 35, said in an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, 11 days into her recovery. The patient who received her kidney has chosen to remain anonymous, but is doing well, Martinez is told. "They're doing wonderfully and they got an organ they desperately needed to get and that's all I could ask for," Martinez said. HIV advocates are celebrating the achievement as an important step towards lifting the stigma around a disease that affects some 1.1 million Americans . In 2017, an estimated 18 patients died each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Many of these deaths involved HIV positive patients who have traditionally had access to a much smaller pool of potential organ donors. The decision to donate Martinez contracted
Federal authorities have joined the investigation into a string of fires that engulfed three historically black churches in southern Louisiana in the span of just 10 days. The fires began on March 26 in Louisiana's St. Landry Parish, a rural community north of Lafayette. Officials have not determined the cause of the fires, but have said they are unable to rule out the possibility of arson or that the three incidents were all related. "There is clearly something happening in this community," State Fire Marshal H. Browning said in a statement on Thursday. "That is why it is imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is." The fires caused extensive damage to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and the Greater Union Baptist Church in the city of Opelousas, and the St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre. No deaths or injuries have been reported in either of the fires. Separately, officials say a fourth fire was "intentionally set" on March 31 at
President Trump has backed off his threats to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border. But uncertainty and disruptions along the border have created anxiety for many residents. Hundreds of Customs and Border Protection officials have been reassigned from their usual posts at ports of entry, to help with the migrant families crossing the border in growing numbers. That's led to longer and more unpredictable wait times at the international bridges, and mounting stress for everyone from business owners to university students. At the University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP, nearly a thousand students live in El Paso's city sister, Juárez, and commute across the border to school. Lately, that hasn't been easy. "Before all of the chaos happened with the border it took me around 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the day and the hour," says Carlos Medina, a psychology major. "But now it takes me from three to five hours." Medina sits in a coffee shop on campus, studying with friend and fellow
The recent discovery of mummified cats in a well-preserved tomb probably shouldn't be surprising. It's a long-established fact that ancient Egyptians loved cats . What's perhaps more remarkable, however, is the fact that a tomb unveiled on Friday contained a sort of mummified menagerie of 50 animals — and there were mummified mice and falcons in addition to the cats. The Tomb of Tutu in Sohag contained mummified mice and falcons. Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters The tomb is colorfully painted and well-preserved — and Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, called it "one of the most exciting discoveries ever in the area." Waziri told Reuters the tomb contains a lobby and a burial room with two stone coffins. It is said to have been built for a man named Tutu and his wife. The area outside the burial chamber also contained mummies of a woman and a boy between 12 and 14 years old. The newly discovered site also contains well-preserved wall paintings. On
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Fritz Hollings has died, the former South Carolina governor and six-term U.S. senator. He was 97. Here's Fritz Hollings giving his farewell speech on the Senate floor in 2004. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) FRITZ HOLLINGS: And if you really ought to be enriched - your life, period, right across the board - the best postgraduate course and everything you can possibly take is to run and be in the Senate. SIMON: Mr. Hollings also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. We're joined now by Kirk Victor, who collaborated with Fritz Hollings on a memoir. And he covered him as a correspondent with National Journal. Thanks very much for being with us, Mr. Victor. KIRK VICTOR: It's an honor to be with you, Scott. I've listened to you for years. Although, very sad circumstances. SIMON: He was - well, the word colorful doesn't quite cover it, does it? VICTOR: It really does not. He was quick-witted, sharp.
Updated at 3:48 p.m. International concern is mounting over the situation in Libya. The Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, says it has now advanced into the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli, where the U.N.-backed government is located. G7 foreign ministers have urged an end to the fighting. "We urge all involved parties to immediately halt all military activity and movements toward Tripoli," the body, which is composed of the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. wrote in a statement. The U.N. Security Council, which met behind closed doors on Friday, has also called on Libyan National Army forces to cease their advances. The fear, according to The Associated Press, is that the Libyan National Army's advances toward the capitol could lead to "a major showdown with rival militias." Both the Libyan National Army and the U.N.-backed government have various militias supporting them. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio
It's not uncommon for people who want to start businesses in lower-income neighborhoods to have trouble getting bank loans. But increasingly, there are investors looking specifically to help businesses in those areas, with the aim of reversing the cycle of disinvestment. "There's always reasons to say no to a borrower. We are looking for reasons to say yes," says Lauren Grattan, a founder of the San Diego-based investment company Mission Driven Finance . She explained that her company doesn't look at personal credit scores. "We instead look at the validity of the business and how well can you repay from the business earnings." Her company's goal is to fill the gap between more traditional profit-motivated investing and philanthropy that focuses on economic development. One business that could have used help like this is Project Reo Collective , a coffee shop in Paradise Hills, a lower-income neighborhood of San Diego. The coffee shop is situated in a small strip mall near a Mexican
On a recent 50-degree bluebird day at Big Bear Mountain outside Los Angeles, skiers in short sleeves partied with loud music and beer and bragged about how many days they have spent at the mountain this season. "It's been at least 10," said Daniella Gogatz. "This is day 31," said Ken Ryan. "It's cost me about $20 or less a day at this point." While the prices of ski lift passes have been skyrocketing, the industry has been embracing new multiresort season passes that are cheaper than ever. They've proven popular though also controversial. Gogatz and Ryan are able to afford to ski so much because they bought Ikon passes, which were just introduced this season by the the Alterra Mountain Company. Ikon is priced starting at around $600 and includes access to dozens of resorts and some of the most famous ski mountains in the world, including Aspen, Jackson Hole and Deer Valley. Ikon, and its main competitor, The Epic Pass, which was introduced a decade ago, have made it possible to ski for
We've invited Steve Earle — the singer songwriter behind classic country western tunes such as "Hillbilly Highway" and "The Devil's Right Hand" — to answer three questions about Steve Urkel, the beloved uber-nerd from the 1990s sitcom Family Matters . Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit PETER SAGAL, HOST: And now the game where we invite people to join us for just about as long as we expect them to want to be here. Steve Earle is the singer-songwriter that other singer-songwriters want to be. He came out of the honky-tonks in Texas and then to Nashville, where he wrote classic country western tunes like "Hillbilly Highway" and "The Devil's Right Hand." So no, this is not easy listening. He has a new album out now. Steve Earle, welcome to WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME. (APPLAUSE) SAGAL: Let's get one thing right. Country - is that your genre? Is that accurate? STEVE EARLE: Look; I've been called country singer, country rock singer and folk singer in The New York Times crossword puzzle.
Former Sen. Ernest Hollings has died at the age of 97. Known as "Fritz," the South Carolina Democrat served more than 38 years in the Senate and ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. Steve Hartell, who was Hollings' Legislative Director from 1998 to 2003, told NPR he heard the news early Saturday morning. "He was kind of ahead of his time," Hartell said. "He was always focused on the essential needs of the country: competitiveness of the economy, the balance sheet of the country from a budget perspective. And as someone who was a World War II veteran who served his country as a 20-year-old in North Africa and Europe, above everything a patriot." Hollings was born on Jan. 1, 1922 in Charleston, SC. He graduated from The Citadel Military College in South Carolina and served as a combat soldier in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. After returning home and earning a law degree, Hollings was elected to the South Carolina legislature in 1948. Hollings went on to serve as
It has not been uplifting for Americans to look across the ocean the past few years and see Great Britain's Brexit imbroglio. Almost three years ago, a slim majority, 51.9 percent, voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. But breaking up is hard to do. Three times, Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed an exit plan. Parliament has rejected it each time. The March 29 deadline to depart has come and gone; Parliament has asked the EU for delay after delay. More than 6 million people have signed a petition calling on Parliament to revoke Britain's exit. Millions have marched to hold a second referendum, hoping the result might be different the second time around. From across the ocean, it doesn't look as if a lot of Britons are eager to Brexit at all. This week, a leak in the roof of the House of Commons forced MPs to suspend debate. Between drips, Labour Party Member of Parliament Justin Madders told a nearly vacant chamber: "I think there is probably some kind of symbol about
Muffet McGraw, the two-time championship-winning head coach of women's basketball at University of Notre Dame, was dancing a jig and celebrating Friday night after leading her team to victory over the University of Connecticut. The NCAA women's basketball championship game is now set for Sunday — setting up a possible third win for McGraw — with the reigning national champion Notre Dame's Fighting Irish taking on No. 1 seed the Lady Bears of Baylor University. But this past Thursday, McGraw's mood was more serious when answering a question about her recently reported commitment to never hire another male coach for her staff. She began talking about the decades that the Equal Rights Amendments has gone without ratification: "We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional. We've had a record number of women running for office and winning. And still, we have 23 percent of the House and 25 percent of the Senate." McGraw was responding to a question
Ann Beattie has been hailed as the voice of her generation, but she's never taken that distinction too seriously. Beattie's short stories began appearing in The New Yorker in the 1970s . In her latest book, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck, the voice of the boomer generation focuses on a new generation — the Millennials. Beattie has published more than 20 books over the course of her career, both novels and short story collections. She says short stories come more easily to her. Novels, she admits, are "endlessly fascinating," but more of a struggle. "You just can't imagine how much I go wrong in a novel versus how much I go wrong in drafts of a short story," she laughs. "It's really astonishing, I'll never get it down." Beattie says getting started is always hard, so she tries to jump off from an image. The image that inspired A Wonderful Stroke of Luck was a boarding school. It's completely fictional — "I went to public high school in Washington, D.C., what do I know?" says Beattie — but
Israel will hold parliamentary elections Tuesday that are largely a referendum on the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The country has seen a decade under Netanyahu. It's been a time of dramatic economic growth, sporadic conflict with neighbors and the formation of what is probably the most solidly right-wing coalition in Israel's history. Netanyahu, who has an edge in most polls, has allied closely with President Trump and attracted increased criticism from left-wing Americans and even pro-Israel organizations. His government has passed laws banning entry to foreigners who support boycott s and targeting activist groups — largely those supporting Palestinians — that receive international funding . He was prime minister for three years in the 1990s, was elected again in 2009 and won re-election twice. With another victory now, he could — this summer — pass David Ben-Gurion as the longest-serving Israeli premier. Netanyahu's main challenger is retired Gen. Benny Gantz.
At a time of deep disenchantment with the political system, dramatic proposals to upend how politics are conducted are starting to resonate with voters. So far, Democrats running for president have endorsed proposals to abolish the Electoral College , expand the number of Supreme Court justices along with overhauling the role of money in politics. Some voters want them to go even further. At a recent event at a high school in Littleton, New Hampshire with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., one attendee praised Warren for backing proposals to scrap the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote — then asked if she would support passing laws based on citizen petitions and national referendums. Warren laughed. "You come to New Hampshire and you hear about democracy," she said. "I love this." While the idea of a national system for citizen petitions isn't mainstream, Democratic voters aren't rejecting ideas that would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago. That shift in sentiment comes
A rickety-looking wooden boat is piled high with overstuffed bags covered in colorfully patterned African fabrics. Hanging overboard: a collection of toy plastic teapots and gasoline cans. Instead of floating on water, this ark is adrift on an ocean of green glass bottles. The boat is actually a piece of art called "Road to Exile," by the Cameroonian artist Barthélémy Toguo, part of a series of works examining migration and colonialism. Poised at the entrance to "Perilous Bodies," the initial exhibit at the Ford Foundation Gallery in Manhattan, it is the first stop on a journey through the perils of living in the 21st century. The boat is a piece of art called "Road to Exile" and was created by Cameroonian artist Barthélémy Toguo. It sits on a sea of green glass bottles. Yana Paskova for NPR Go through the gallery doors, and swarming overhead is what at first appears to be a flock of blackbirds. Look again: These are miniature foam, laser-cut replicas of air-to-surface Hellfire
We asked teachers and students to put on their headphones and turn their ideas into sound for our first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge — and boy, did they. We got nearly 5,700 entries, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Podcasts that explored climate change. Podcasts about gun control and mental health. About great books and mythology. Hedgehogs and history. Teachers and their students at 1,580 schools participated: all told, roughly 25,000 students nationwide. Student journalists took on topics important to them: social media and its impact on youth, smoking and vaping addiction, and many, many, many (!) explorations of video games, especially Fortnite . Along the way, at least one student made headlines. For his podcast assignment, a seventh grader in New Orleans did some investigative reporting and discovered traces of lead in his school's drinking water. As a result, the New Orleans schools are taking action . Now that the entries are in, we've begun listening to
At a time when Americans are moving apart in their political and religious views, worshippers at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C., have learned to avoid some subjects for the sake of maintaining congregational harmony. "You wouldn't run up to a stove and touch a hot burner," says DeLana Anderson, a church deacon. "So, I'm certainly not going to do that here." White Memorial is thriving, with about 4,000 members, while other mainline Protestant congregations are struggling. Just as impressively, it brings together worshippers with disparate political views, both red and blue. "Raleigh is a purple city. North Carolina is a purple state," notes Christopher Edmonston, the church's senior pastor. "Many of the people who have come to church here in the last 25 years are from other parts of the country, and they bring their ideas, their politics, their viewpoints, with them. So we almost have to be purple if we're going to continue to be open and welcome to any person that
Boeing says it is reducing production of its 737 Max planes, and the temporary slowdown will begin in mid-April. CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the company will build 42 of the planes per month, down from the current 52, while keeping the same number of workers. Boeing still has an enormous backlog of orders — about 4,600 — for the Max planes. That will take years to fill. Muilenburg says he now knows that two deadly crashes within five months of each other, involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, had a common link of a malfunctioning flight-control software called MCAS. He says he has asked Boeing's board of directors to create a committee to review company policies for airplane development and recommend improvements. Ethiopian Airlines released a preliminary report Thursday on the crash of its plane on March 10. Investigators say the pilots used procedures provided by Boeing but couldn't stop the plane's repeated nose dives. All 157 people on board died in the crash just after takeoff