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The economics of a Los Angeles homeless shelter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:23

In the basic pyramid of human needs, shelter is right at the bottom. It is a building block of who we are and how we protect ourselves, our families and our societies.

In the past two years, homelessness in and around Los Angeles has gone up by 12 percent, driven largely by unemployment, high rents and low wages. The city council recently passed controversial ordinances to crack down on street encampments. 

Marketplace Weekend visited the Downtown Women's shelter this week in L.A.'s Skid Row, where a lot of homeless people gather. The center offers help with housing and daytime drop-in programs. Lizzie O'Leary spoke with Amy Turk, the chief programs officer there, to find out what it's like to run a shelter.

VIDEO: Blatter a victim, says 2018 chief

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:16
Russia 2018 chief executive Alexei Sorokin says Fifa president Sepp Blatter is "a victim".

Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:04

The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River.

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Device limits aircraft bomb impact

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 09:02
A new system that contains the explosion of bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been successfully tested.

Soldier dies from Afghanistan wounds

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:42
A British soldier has died in hospital from wounds sustained in Afghanistan in 2012, the Ministry of Defence says.

Warning over future SAS march deaths

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:33
There is a risk of future deaths on SAS selection marches unless action is taken, the coroner who presided over the inquest of three reservists says.

Burundi leader wins third term

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:26
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza wins a controversial third term, taking nearly 70% of the vote, provisional results from the country's electoral commission say.

Russian native finds asylum in Los Angeles

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:25

Daniyar Aynitdinov came to the U.S. from Russia on a work and travel program six years ago. At the time, he was studying to be a petroleum engineer at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. Aynitdinov is gay, and in the past few years Russia has instituted laws curtailing rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He was granted asylum this year.

He's settled now in a rented room in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. He spoke to Marketplace Weekend from his room, where he reads from a diary he kept before he came to the U.S. He writes that he had high hopes of becoming an actor in Los Angeles. Now, years later, he's performing in Hollywood.

Click the media player above to hear Daniyar's full story.

Froome's lead cut by Quintana

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:19
Britain's Chris Froome has his overall lead cut to two minutes and 38 seconds by Nairo Quintana in the Tour de France.

The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:10

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.

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Why the row between Greece and Germany is like a lovers' tiff

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:08
Why the row between Germany and Greece is like a lovers' tiff

US military wary of civilian guards

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:08
The US military advises its staff to treat armed civilians standing guard outside its recruiting centres as a security threat.

It's Pie And Beer (And Pioneer) Day In Utah!

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:04

Friday honors the arrival of Mormon settlers at Salt Lake Valley in 1847 while non-Mormons celebrate Pie and Beer Day. And 37 other states also celebrate these unique holidays.

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Germanwings families attend memorial

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 08:01
A ceremony to commemorate the passengers who died in the Germanwings plane crash is held at the scene of the disaster in the French Alps.

Blatter is a victim, says 2018 chief

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:58
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is "a victim", according to the man in charge of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:50
Who has the bigger vocabulary, Eminem or Bob Dylan?

Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:49
The week's best reads

Pete Tong defends R1 'Ibiza Prom'

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:49
DJ Pete Tong says BBC Radio 1's first Prom, a musical homage to Ibiza, will reach out to different audiences and help "keep the proms alive".

Two Teachers Hailed As Heroes In Louisiana Shooting

NPR News - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:48

Teachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin survived the attack, but both reportedly suffered gunshot wounds.

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-07-24 07:48
The week's big numbers, visualised