Mark Memmott http://nipr.fm en Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster http://nipr.fm/post/death-toll-rises-hopes-fade-site-korean-ferry-disaster The already slim chance that anyone might still be alive aboard the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">South Korean ferry that sunk a week ago</a> was all but extinguished Wednesday with the news that divers have found no air pockets in key areas of the ship.<p>That word came as the number of bodies recovered from the Sewol edged above 150. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29463 at http://nipr.fm Death Toll Rises, Hopes Fade At Site Of Korean Ferry Disaster Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom http://nipr.fm/post/stowaway-teen-may-have-been-trying-reunite-his-mom The latest word about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305824651/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-with-a-bad-idea" target="_blank">teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii</a> in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.<p>Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have not named the teen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29460 at http://nipr.fm 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet http://nipr.fm/post/object-interest-found-search-malaysian-jet After 6 1/2 weeks of false leads and conflicting information about what may have happened to the jet and the 239 people on board, Wednesday's headlines about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> need to be viewed with considerable caution:<p>-- " 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast." (<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">CNN.com</a>)<p>-- "MH370 search: Debris washed up on WA coast to be investigated." ( Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29456 at http://nipr.fm 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend http://nipr.fm/post/45-people-were-shot-chicago-over-weekend There are more data to add to Chicago's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/20/224514644/chicago-shootings-spur-renewed-call-for-tougher-gun-laws" target="_blank">well-documented problem with gun violence</a>.<p>Headlines such as this from the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> — "<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/26955790-418/in-violent-weekend-at-least-8-dead-37-wounded-in-shootings-across-chicago.html#.U1agY6I2rMo" target="_blank">In violent weekend, at least 8 dead, 37 wounded in shootings across Chicago</a>" — set us off in search of news reports after previous weekends.<p>There's a rat Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29419 at http://nipr.fm 45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia http://nipr.fm/post/stop-supporting-men-hiding-behind-masks-biden-tells-russia <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxZUI218HHc</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29416 at http://nipr.fm 'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt http://nipr.fm/post/climbing-may-begin-everest-after-sherpas-demands-are-met <strong>Update at 12:30 p.m. ET. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:50:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29410 at http://nipr.fm UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives http://nipr.fm/post/korean-ferry-sank-some-crew-members-fought-save-lives With the death toll continuing to rise and likely to exceed 300, the captain and crew of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">ferry that sank last week off the coast of South Korea</a> have been called cowards <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305489293/murder-south-korean-leader-says-of-ferry-captains-actions" target="_blank">and accused of murder.</a><p>Now, though, we're also hearing about the heroic acts of some among the 29-member crew — seven of whom either are confirmed to have died or are missing.<p>"Passengers recall mome Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29408 at http://nipr.fm As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' http://nipr.fm/post/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-bad-idea The California teenager who survived a 5 1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was "just a runaway kid with a bad idea," FBI Special Agent Tom Simon says.<p>Simon also says, <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25610408/san-jose-santa-clara-teens-survival-from-flight" target="_blank">according to <em>The San Jose Mercury News</em></a>, that the unidentified boy's lousy idea wasn't very well thought out: "He ran for the nearest plane. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29405 at http://nipr.fm Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea' You Can Survive A Flight In A Jet's Wheel Well, But Probably Won't http://nipr.fm/post/you-can-survive-flight-jets-wheel-well-probably-wont The amazing story of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305495936/teen-survives-flight-to-hawaii-in-jets-wheel-well-fbi-says" target="_blank">16-year-old California boy who the FBI says survived</a> a 5 1/2-hour flight in the frigid wheel well of a jet that flew from San Jose to Hawaii on Sunday raises a logical question:<p>How does one survive a trip like that when the temperature would have dropped to more than 50 degrees below zero and the air would have been thinner than that at the top of Mount Everest?<p>Well, as it turns out there have been cases of such survival Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29377 at http://nipr.fm Parents Say 234 Girls Are Missing From School In Nigeria http://nipr.fm/post/parents-say-234-girls-are-missing-school-nigeria Disturbing news from Nigeria about girls kidnapped last week from their school by Islamist extremists grew even more distressing on Monday when parents told authorities that 234 of the young women are still missing.<p>That's nearly triple the number — 85 — that officials have been reporting.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/parents-234-girls-kidnapped-nigeria-school" target="_blank">According to The Associated Press</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town [of Chibok]. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29365 at http://nipr.fm