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Here! Now! In the moment! Paddling in the middle of a fast moving stream of news and information, Here & Now is public radio's daily news magazine.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, This American Life and many others were among the media organizations that covered the results of a recent study about gay marriage opinions that turned out to be fabricated.

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children in the same age group. The disturbing finding marks the first time ever that suicide rates among blacks of any age have exceeded those of their white counterparts.

The data on suicides among kids between the ages of 5 and 11 were gathered between 2003 and 2012. The results were shocking enough that researchers decided to hold off for a whole year to gather more data before releasing their findings, to be sure that they weren’t misinterpreting anything.

Kwangsook Kim was always interested in food and cooking, first in her native South Korea, then later in Canada and the United States.

In 2007, her son suggested she take up a new hobby: posting videos on YouTube of her making Korean dishes. She did, adopting the name “Maangchi” that she used in her other hobby, online gaming.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has eliminated the parallel parking requirement on its driving test. A spokesman says it’s about redundancy. The test still requires a “reverse two-point turnabout.”

But driving instructors in Maryland say that too many people were failing the test, and the right of passage in driving is still an important skill to learn. Georgena Ewing, owner of Perry Hall Driving School in Nottingham, MD., shares her view with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

For nearly a year, The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian has been held in custody. He goes on trial next week, and the trial may not be open to the public or his family.

Rezaian’s lawyer says Iran accuses him of spying, but his editor at The Washington Post defends Rezaian and says he was merely doing his job as a journalist.

Douglas Jehl, foreign editor of The Washington Post, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

The mother of a University of Massachusetts, Amherst, student who died of a heroin overdose is frustrated that no charges have been filed against the dealer, 19 months after she found her son Eric Sinacori dead in his off-campus apartment.

Francesca Sinacori hadn’t known her son had recently been arrested by university police, and was enlisted as a police informant in exchange for dropping charges. The university has since suspended its drug informant program.

Historic Syrian Site Endangered By ISIS

May 21, 2015

Militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early today, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town.

Palmyra is a Unesco World Heritage site and there are concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins, as they have done in neighboring Iraq.

The Islamic State’s capture of the town of Palmyra late yesterday was a stunning triumph for the militant group, only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq’s largest Sunni province.

Officials say as many as 105,000 gallons of oil have spilled from a ruptured pipeline along the Santa Barbara coast, and around 21,000 gallons of that is believed to have made it into the waterways.

California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday declared a state of emergency because of the spill, and biologists are working on beaches to try to save wildlife from the oil.

The study “Suicide Trends Among Elementary School Aged Children in the United States,” published in this week’s JAMA Pediatrics, shows that the suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades.

The extra point in football is one of the NFL’s easiest plays. This week, the league and owners agreed to make it a little more dramatic.

Starting this fall, the play will be moved back, from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line. This change was one of three proposals the considered this week at the NFL’s spring meeting.

Here & Now’s sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Jeremy Hobson with details.

Three sections of the post-September 11th Patriot Act will expire on June 1. One of those sections, Section 215, was the one former NSA contractor Edward Snowden brought to light concerning the bulk collection of American’s telephone records, and the one that the Senate will vote on this week.

The House already passed an alternative act, the USA Freedom Act, which would restrict the controversial bulk collection of phone records, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to pass an extension for the Senate to debate this hot issue when members are back from break.

What motivates someone to become a police officer these days? And what is it like to be a recruit as images of police protests dominate the news? Amy Radil of Here & Now contributor station KUOW met some of Washington state’s newest recruits.

'Finding The Good' Through Obituary Writing

May 20, 2015

Journalist Heather Lende lives in the small town of Haines, Alaska, where the population is about 2,000. She’s written obituaries for almost 20 years at the Chilkat Valley News.

In doing so, she’s learned to “find the good,” as she says, not only in the lives of people she writes about, but also in her own life. Lende told Here & Now’s Robin Young that a portrait of the town she lives in also comes through her work.

JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Citigroup and UBS have agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay more than $5 billion in total penalties relating to a U.S. investigation into whether the banks manipulated foreign currency rates.

The fines are on top of more than $4 billion in penalties that many of the same banks paid in November over similar charges. Matt Klein of the Financial Times joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

The U.S. Supreme Court is examining whether the death penalty method in Oklahoma constitutes cruel and unusual punishment for using a virtually untested drug called midazolam.

The plaintiffs, several prisoners on death row in the state, brought the case after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, who took 43 minutes to die on the gurney in April of 2014.