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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

N.Y. Drama: Officer Dies After Saving Family; Videos Show Rooftop Rescues

A lift to safety: New York City Police officers used "Helicopter 23" — named for the 23 officers killed on Sept. 11, 2001 — to rescue six people from rooftops on Staten Island.
InsideNYPD

Heartbreak and heroics on Staten Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy:

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U.S.
8:28 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Assessing The Damage From Superstorm Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

We'll talk next with the man coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. Craig Fugate is head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He's at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

Mr. Fugate, welcome to the program.

CRAIG FUGATE: Hi, good morning.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Latest On Sandy: Death Toll Rises, Wait For 'Normal' Life Continues

Rescue in Hoboken: Much of the New Jersey city remains flooded and the National Guard has been called in to help rescue stranded residents. Tuesday, this was the scene on one of the city's flooded streets.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 9:30 pm

  • Three short audio reports from NPR's Zoe Chace
  • From 'Morning Edition': Robert Smith in New York City
  • From 'Morning Edition': David Folkenflik in New Jersey

Across New York City, much of New Jersey and other places hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, power remains out today and the long, hard process of digging through debris and starting to rebuild continues.

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It's All Politics
7:10 am
Wed October 31, 2012

There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

A crowd listens at a rally with former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday. President Obama canceled his appearance to return to the White House to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Both campaigns have urged supporters whose states allow early voting to vote as soon as possible.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 1:36 pm

Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?

"If this were happening next week, we have no provisions for dealing with this in law," says Thad Hall, a political scientist at the University of Utah.

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Around the Nation
6:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Stranded In Hawaii By Sandy, Travelers Wait

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Hurricane Sandy disrupted flights all across the United States. Even people far from the storm discovered planes could not get to their airports. And of all the people affected, the saddest were surely 1,300 people from the East Coast stuck in Honolulu.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

What a shame.

Games & Humor
6:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Zombie Pumpkin Carving Gives Viewers The Shivers

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with news of jack-o-lantern art this Halloween. Ray Villafane is a former teacher who found his medium after carving a gourd a student gave him. The sculptor began with a pumpkin, this year, weighing just under a ton to create a vividly realistic life-sized, stringy-haired orange zombie pulling other zombies out of a pumpkin garden. The work of pumpkin art is now giving people the shivers at the New York Botanical Garden. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Election 2012
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Scrutinizing The Candidates' Stump Speeches

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

During this disaster, President Obama and Governor Romney paused their campaigns, but there's still plenty of time before Election Day for another round of stump speeches - those partisan speeches for partisan crowds who don't give them a lot of scrutiny. So we decided to show the speeches to people who would be more critical - political operatives from the opposite party.

In this first of two parts, NPR's Tamara Keith brings us a look at a recent stump speech from President Obama.

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Election 2012
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy Likely To Have An Impact On Election Day

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

Officials from President Obama on down warn that the destruction caused by Sandy will take a long while to clean up. Election Day is less than a week away, and in some places where the storm struck, it's likely to have an impact on turnout and, conceivably, the outcome.

Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Southern N.J. Residents Tally The Damage

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, let's go to southern New Jersey, where many residents are cleaning up. NPR's Jeff Brady visited Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: On the beach, with the wind whipping, Valerie and Jack Sykes of Avalon take in the view.

JACK SYKES: And we just came down here to see how the beaches fared.

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Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

N.J. Residents Recount Experiences During Storm

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

Superstorm Sandy devastated much of New Jersey, with massive power outages, crippled mass transit routes, and an astonishing tidal surge. NPR's David Folkenflik spent time Tuesday with people from two small New Jersey towns covered — for a few hours — by seemingly biblical waters.

Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Millions Affected By Sandy-Related Power Outages

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

From Virginia to Michigan, utility crews are scrambling to restore power after Superstorm Sandy caused record outages. More than 8 million customers lost power. Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Shogren for an update on the outages.

Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

N.J. Transit Agency Discusses Service Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

Steve Inskeep speaks with New Jersey Transit spokesman John Durso about the mass transit agency's shutdown of service due to Hurricane Sandy.

Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Subway Is Closed, But New Yorkers Are Moving Again

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

In New York City, early estimates for fixing the damage to the mass transit system are already in the billions. But New Yorkers used to zipping around the city in subways are thrilled to get even limited bus service back after the devastating storm.

Around the Nation
5:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

For Famously Impatient New Yorkers, Lots Of Waiting

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 8:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Many people along the East Coast got a reminder this week how fleeting and impermanent life can be. In some cases even the ground beneath their feet has disappeared, after Superstorm Sandy.

INSKEEP: The Jersey shore moved in places, and in others chunks of boardwalk floated away. More than 50 people were killed along the East Coast and today around six million homes and businesses remained without power.

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