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Bahrain Bans Rallies - Except For The Pro-Government Ones

NPR's Peter Kenyon tells NPR Newscasts the Bahraini government outlawed demonstrations on Thursday but pro-government supporters held a large rally in Bahrain's capital. Peter saw the crowd at the Grand Mosque, which had access to large government water trucks, suggesting Bahrani officials supported today's turnout. No one was attacked, unlike yesterday's brutal police assault on anti-government protesters as they slept.

Peter says anti-government demonstrators plan to hold a huge rally in Pearl Square tomorrow, despite the rally ban.

REPORT OF SPREADING LIBYAN VIOLENCE

The Los Angeles Times says Human Rights Watch is tracking anti-government protests in Libya, where 24 people reportedly died in several cities. Few journalists are there to corroborate facts but graphic video of demonstrations are on the web. Human Rights Watch alleges the Libyan government is coordinating supporters to attack demonstrators.

WISCONSIN SENATE DEMS: "BRB"

Protestors put up a sign at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in support of 14 state Senators that have left the state in opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. i i

Protestors put up a sign at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in support of 14 state Senators that have left the state in opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. Andy Manis/AP hide caption

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Protestors put up a sign at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in support of 14 state Senators that have left the state in opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

Protestors put up a sign at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in support of 14 state Senators that have left the state in opposition to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

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There's no sign of Wisconsin state senator Lena Taylor or her 13 fellow Democrats, who are unaccounted for. The Wisconsin State Journal notes the Democratic action prevents the Wisconsin state senate (all Republicans) from establishing a quorum to vote on business, including the controversial legislation stripping public unions of nearly all bargaining rights. Walker posted last posted this on her Facebook page: BRB. (HT: TalkingPointsMemo.)

10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF 'THE INTIMIDATOR'

Dale Earnhardt after winning the 1995 International Race of Champions in Daytona Beach, Fla. i i

Dale Earnhardt after winning the 1995 International Race of Champions in Daytona Beach, Fla. TERRY RENNA/AP hide caption

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Dale Earnhardt after winning the 1995 International Race of Champions in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Dale Earnhardt after winning the 1995 International Race of Champions in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Ten years ago today, race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in a crash while racing at the Daytona 500. He was in third place, behind son Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip, who were battling for the win on the last lap when he crashed and died. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Waltrip on Morning Edition about Waltrip's new book, "In The Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything".

Liz Clarke writes for the Washington Post today on how Earnhardt's death has altered NASCAR, especially safety, and how some fans don't like it.

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