Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 9:59 am
Well, now that Lucasfilm is being bought by Disney and a new set of Star Wars films is allegedly on the way, there's only one thing to do: look into the future and realize that we already know what a lot of the coverage will look like when the next film comes out in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.