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8:21 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Golden Gate Bridge Board Approves Funding For Suicide Barrier

A view of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:32 am

The Golden Gate Bridge's board of directors approved $76 million in funding to install a net system that would prevent people from committing suicide by jumping off the bridge.

The Associated Press reports the money will come from a combination of bridge tolls and federal and state coffers. The wire service adds:

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Tackling Sexual Assault On Campus With Comedy

"Clearly universities are not making their campuses safe for women," Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted in a recent segment focusing on rape and sexual assault on campus.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:26 am

There's nothing funny about sexual assault. But the absurdity of how some colleges respond to it can make you laugh.

This week, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart became the latest comedian to crack wise about the rape crisis on America's college campuses: Reports are up, yet many schools still fail to adequately address the problem.

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Middle East
7:51 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Region's Leaders Promise To Protect Iraq's Holy Sites

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 12:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

One of the things many countries can agree on is the importance of protecting Iraq's cultural and religious heritage in the midst of this conflict. There are holy sites in the country that have existed for thousands of years.

Last week, Iran's president vowed to cross the border to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq. And thousands of Shia Muslims in India have said they'll do the same. That would widen the conflict even more.

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Iraq
7:51 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Kerry Urges Mideast Leaders To Contain ISIS

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 12:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Secretary of State John Kerry is a ending week-long diplomatic trip through Europe and the Mideast. Secretary Kerry went from Baghdad to Erbil and then on to Brussels and Paris. He finally ended up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he warned that the Sunni Muslim group ISIS is a threat to the whole region, not just Iraq.

NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling with Secretary Kerry. She joins us from the last stop on his journey in Shannon, Ireland. Jackie, thanks for being with us.

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Around the Nation
7:51 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Golden Gate Bridge To Get Suicide Net

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 12:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And this week, the board that runs another American landmark, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, approved a plan to put suicide nets alongside the span. The nets will be 20 feet wide on each side and be made of stainless steel mesh. There were 46 suicides off the bridge last year, the highest number since it's opened in 1937.

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