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Ralph Nader is back.
Mr. RALPH NADER (Independent Presidential Candidate): I have decided to run for president.
MARTIN: That was the consumer advocate making the big announcement on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday. Nader slammed both the Democratic and Republican parties, saying they both fail to control corporate influence. And he says after eight years of President Bush, he doesn't think people will send GOP front runner John McCain to the White House.
Mr. NADER: Do you think the American people are going to vote for pro-war John McCain who almost gives an indication that he's the candidate of perpetual war, perpetual intervention overseas?
MARTIN: Even with his attacks, Democrats largely dismissed the announcement of Nader's candidacy. Clinton called his decision to run a, quote, "passing fancy" and said he prevented Al Gore from being the greatest president we could've had. On the Republican side, conservatives were too busy rallying around McCain and against The New York Times to notice Nader. On Sunday, the Times own public editor joined the GOP in criticizing a Times article which suggested McCain had an affair with a lobbyist.
Students return to classrooms this morning at Northern Illinois University a week and a half after five students were shot to death in a lecture hall. Last night, the university held its larges and last memorial service for the victims of the February 14th shootings. WNIJ's Susan Stephens was there.
SUSAN STEPHENS: Dignitaries crowded the stage at NIU's convocation center, a place usually used for concerts and conventions. Illinois' governor, two U.S. Senators and members of Congress listened while others paid tribute to the dead an injured. NIU president John Peters acknowledges there's a difficult week ahead as classes resume.
Mr. JOHN PETERS (President, Northern Illinois University): We will not allow ourselves to be defined by this tragedy. Forever changed? Yes, but not shackled to fear.
STEPHENS: Taking a break from the campaign, Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama sat silently on stage during the ceremonies, leaving the speaking to Illinois's Senior Senator Dick Durbin. Afterward, Obama met with some of the families of the five NIU students who were killed.
MARTIN: Susan Stephens, reporting from Dekalb, Illinois.
And the New York Philharmonic is getting a warm reception in North Korea, where they're scheduled to play a concern tomorrow night. The closed-off country made unprecedented accommodations for the group, allowing nearly 300 people, including the musicians, staff and journalists to fly into Pyongyang on a chartered plane. In addition to the concert, the orchestra will also provide master classes for North Korean students and play with members of the country's symphony orchestra.
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