"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Dads Dish On What It Takes To Survive Fatherhood

Jun 12, 2012



Sunday is Father's Day and we bet that a lot of kids are still trying to find that perfect Father's Day gift for their dads. We know the moms are helping. Well, here at TELL ME MORE, we are also looking for the perfect gift for the fathers out there and, this year, we think we found it. A collection of essays from dads to dads.

It's our Father to Father series and here to kick off the first essay, 74-year-old John Siegfried of Highland Heights, Ohio. He is the father of three sons, stepfather of three daughters and grandfather of more than a dozen grandchildren.


JOHN SIEGFRIED: Ask me about parenting and I can tell you that, in my lifetime, I've seen lots of changes. Did I ask my father for advice? No. I followed the family expectation. Because my father didn't offer any advice, I was afraid to ask for any, kind of like guys not asking for road directions. In hindsight, this was certainly a mistake we both made.

My family was never very close. My siblings and I had a pretty standoffish relationship with my dad and, when I got married, I saw the beauty and benefit of close family ties. I have to admit I was a bit jealous of just how close my wife's family was and I finally got fed up with the unnecessary estranged relationships in mine, so in my father's final years, I decided to close the distance between us.

And then there was a turning moment. There was a time when I was saying goodbye to my dad. I gave him a hug and told him that I loved him, despite never having heard those words from him. No words were spoken back, but I felt him shudder in my arms.

On my next visit, my father apologized for the way he treated me all those years. Although I had three siblings, I believe none of them ever shared this kind of closeness with our dad, all because I made a conscious effort to parent my father before he died at age 93.

Today, I see my wife Susan give lots of advice to my stepdaughters, sometimes too much, in my opinion, but when I tell her that, she laughs, saying, I'm only passing along what my mother did for me. The caring is palpable.

So, to bite the bullet and give advice for the first time to my sons, I would say: be tolerant. The greater the differences you find in people, the more difficult this will be, but the more important being tolerant will be for you. Second, don't be afraid to let your sensitivity show publicly. Some guys may rag on you, but society's changing and somebody must have the guts to lead the way.

And life is short. Spend time with your kids and grandkids. Distribute your time carefully among work, adult distractions and time with your kids. Kids have short memories and you have to catch their attention to exert any influence on their lives before their peers take over. Future generations will thank you because kids model their parents.

I wasn't brave enough to get this advice from my own father when I needed it, but I am brave enough to pass my experiences along to others. This is my gift to all dads on this Father's Day.


MARTIN: That was dad, stepdad and granddad John Siegfried of Highland Heights, Ohio, sharing his words of wisdom to fathers everywhere.


MARTIN: And please stay with us to hear more stories from dads. Men are taking on jobs that have long been dominated by women, like teaching and social work. In fact, from the year 2000 to 2010, these so-called pink collar fields have accounted for nearly one-third of job growth for men, that according to a new analysis from the New York Times. We'll find out what's drawing men to these fields and how they are riding a so-called glass escalator once they get there. That's coming up on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.


MARTIN: South Africa was the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and the fifth to legalize same-sex marriage. So why are so many gay people, especially women, targets of violence?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Men are so challenged by the fact that two women would love one another they feel emasculated.

MARTIN: We'll talk about corrective rape in South Africa next time on TELL ME MORE.

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