This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.
Dr. Atul Gawande spends a lot of time thinking about how to make health care better. A couple of years ago his best-selling book, "The Checklist Manifesto," demonstrated how following a simple list could prevent sometimes-deadly medical mistakes. Now he's looking at a bigger picture - the entire health-care system.
In Arizona, the man accused of shooting Gabrielle Giffords at a gathering of her constituents in Tucson last year will be in court today. Jared Loughner allegedly killed six people in that attack and wounded 13 others. He was declared mentally unfit to stand trial, but now that may change. As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, Loughner's lawyers are expected to offer a deal to help him avoid the death penalty.
Now let's learn more about Wade Michael Page. He's the man police say opened fire at the temple and then opened fire on the police officer who finally killed him.
NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston has been talking with law enforcement officials. And Dina, over the last 24 hours you've given us different details about Mr. Page. Put it together here. Who was this man?
Best Buy's founder and former chairman is not happy about the way things are going. That's why Richard Schulze said, yesterday, he wants to buy back the shares he does not already own and take the electronics retailer private. Schulze said he decided to publicly announce this offer because the board was taking too much time with it - could be worth nearly $9 billion in cash.
But as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, the deal is being met with some skepticism.
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I am nothing but an American. Those are some of the words we are about to hear from Americans Sikhs after a shooting over the weekend. A gunman targeted a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, killing six people before police killed him. In a moment, we'll learn more about the man identified as the shooter.
We begin with Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio.
Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota is often called the Walden Pond of the West. But Roosevelt's ranch is now feeling the pressure of an oil boom that is industrializing the local landscape. Critics say a proposed gravel pit and a bridge could destroy the very thing that made such a lasting impression on Roosevelt: the restorative power of wilderness.
To the average consumer, car insurance can seem pretty arbitrary. What you get charged often depends more on where you drive than how you drive.
John Egan of InsuranceQuotes.com says it's very often about location, location, location. Two people, he says, can live in two different zip codes in the same city "and pay a substantially different amount of money, depending on exactly where [they] live in your community."
Members of the Milwaukee-area Sikh community gather Monday in Oak Creek, Wis., to learn more information about a shooting spree that left six people dead. Sikhs have faced a number of attacks in the U.S. in recent years.
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If any of the 700 athletes in London for the Olympic Games are unlucky enough to get injured, they'll get treated at a state-of-the-art polyclinic situated inside the park. But for the half-million tourists, it's straight to a British hospital for serious ailments requiring medical attention.
Antique trucks, including a 1937 Plymouth, on display at the weekly Cruisin' on the Square car show in Milan, Ohio. Classic car owners and enthusiasts gather each Tuesday evening through the summer to show off their cars or even find one to buy.
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Local residents say the show's setting in Milan's historic town square is what really sets it apart.
At the heart of the small town of Milan, Ohio, there's a graceful and tree-lined town square. It makes a good gathering spot for the classic cars and trucks of decades past.
A 1923 T-Bucket Ford, a '77 Chevy El Camino, a '68 AMC AMX, a '46 Dodge truck, a '59 Ford Galaxie — they all keep arriving after 5 o'clock every Tuesday evening. As the owner-drivers park around the square, engine hoods go up, lawn chairs come out — and the admiration begins.
This summer, extreme heat and drought have brought on larger than normal "fish kills" throughout the Midwest. Fish are dying by the tens of thousands. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish speaks with Aaron Woldt, Fisheries Program Supervisor for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Midwestern Region, about what's happening in these waters.
The suspect in the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., reportedly had ties to a neo-Nazi organization and was a U.S. Army veteran. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the latest news.
Many members of the Sikh community near Milwaukee say they're in shock today after yesterday's shooting. As Erin Toner of member station WUWM reports, leaders of the temple where the attack took place say it will take some time for their community to heal.
ERIN TONER, BYLINE: At a press conference this morning, the police chief in Oak Creek turned to a member of the Sikh community who could help pronounce the names of those who were killed.
Cities across the country have seen record highs this summer and the heat's not over yet. That's bad news for farmers, of course, and for thousands of middle school and high school football players who are outside practicing. In the past 15 years, dozens of deaths on the playing field have been attributed to the heat. Now the State of Georgia is trying to change that.
As NPR's Kathy Lohr reports, it's adopted new guidelines to keep players cool.