November 21, 2002 Congress passes legislation that makes it easier for victims of terrorism to collect money from terrorist states or organizations. The bill makes available the foreign assets frozen in the U.S. But some observers fear the U.S. will lose political leverage against offending countries. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.
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November 19, 2002 NPR's Tovia Smith reports on a flare-up at Harvard University over calls for an anti-harassment speech code at the Harvard Law School. Some faculty and students fear any restrictions could hinder free speech, while others say a code is necessary to prevent discrimination against minorities.
November 17, 2002 From Boston, NPR's Tovia Smith reports on how Cardinal Bernard Law has made a turnaround in his handling of the church sex scandal.
November 7, 2002 While more states are banning gay marriages, more gay couples are living together long-term. More are also splitting up. NPR's Tovia Smith reports on the travails of gay couples in long-term relationships who split up -- with no legal referee to guide decisions of property rights and child custody.
October 17, 2002 The Boston Catholic Archdiocese and Boston College -- a Catholic institution -- are across the street from each other. But as NPR's Tovia Smith reports, the clergy sexual abuse scandal has increased the tension -- and distance -- between them.
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October 3, 2002 Richard Reed, the man accused of trying to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami last December with a bomb in his shoes, appears in court tomorrow. His lawyers say Reed will plead guilty if language alleging he was trained by al Qaeda is removed from the indictment. Reed faces a minimum 360 years in prison. NPR's Tovia Smith reports.
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October 2, 2002 NPR's Tovia Smith tells host Jacki Lyden that accused "shoe bomber" Richard Reid plans to plead guilty to all eight charges against him. Prosecutors say Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami using explosives in his shoes.
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