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  • Illinois senate appointee Roland Burris was hoping to claim his position yesterday, but was turned away after his paperwork lacked a key signature needed for approval. The corruption case surrounding Burris' appointee, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, raises concern about the integrity of the powerful appointment.
  • Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris has asked the state's highest court to certify his appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. Senate Democrats and Obama oppose any nomination by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces corruption charges. The new class of senators will be sworn in next week.
  • Roland Arnall, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and the founder of mortgage lender Ameriquest, may soon get pulled into a lawsuit over predatory lending. Ameriquest customers say the company steered them into predatory loans — and many want Arnall, a billionaire, held personally liable.
  • Saxophonist Keshavan Maslak was part of New York's loft jazz scene in the 1970's and '80's. He played with Paul Bley, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Laurie Anderson. He was friends with John Cage. But he got sick of struggling to make ends meet, so he moved to Hollywood, Florida, and opened a restaurant where he plays the blues every weekend. Elizabeth Perez Luna reports.
  • At a South Side Chicago church Sunday night, there was an emotional introduction for Roland Burris. He's the man selected to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat in Illilnois. Democrats have vowed not to seat Burris because he was named by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. However, Burris says he's ready for a showdown.
  • Living conditions remain grim in Baghdad, where many places still are without power, and there's a shortage of clean water. At many hospitals, staff are not showing up to care for the patients, and doctors and nurses want more security. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Roland Huguenin-Benjamin of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • -- NPR's Debbie Elliott reports on the Florida tobacco trial where the biggest liability verdict against the tobacco industry was awarded to the family of Roland Maddox -- who smoked two packs a day for almost fifty years and died of lung cancer in 1997 -- in the amount of nearly $1 million. The Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation was ordered to pay $500,000 in compensatory damages and $450,000 in punitive damages by a six-member jury yesterday.
  • Liane speaks with Roland Bessette [bess-ETT], author of Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile(Amadeus Press). The singer, born on this day in 1921, considered himself "Caruso reincarnate". Since he made a name for himself primarily in the movies and on radio, some opera purists didn''t take Lanza seriously, but Bessette says the singer''s talent and influence are undeniable. 17:59 NOTE: Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.
  • Senate Democratic leaders are changing course and it looks as if the Senate will seat Roland Burris as the junior senator from Illinois once all legal obstacles are overcome. Senate leaders Harry Reid and Dick Durbin both have said they have no problem with Burris.
  • Backed by helicopters and armored vehicles, Mexican police advanced Sunday on the resort city of Oaxaca. Striking teachers and other protesters have occupied streets and buildings there for months. On Friday, gunmen killed American journalist Bradley Roland, and two other people. Protesters accuse the local governor of corruption and suppressing dissent.
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