"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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The Father's Day Gift That Keeps On Giving: Advice

Jun 15, 2012



And we know you remember that this Sunday is Father's Day. All this week, we've been saluting fathers with essays by dads to dads in our series, Father to Father.

Today, our final essay comes from Everett Young of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

EVERETT YOUNG: September 29th, 2003. I remember the day like it was yesterday, that little dark chocolate baby the doctor put in my arms, seven pounds, seven ounces and 21 whole inches, my first-born son. He was perfect.

February 15th, 2006. I remember that day, too. This time, he was a caramel bundle, seven pounds, 10 ounces, 20 and a half inches, my baby boy, and he was perfect.

Here I am in 2012, a father to an eight-year-old and a six-year-old. They are my pride and joy. They steal my heart with every smile, every joke, every look, every hug, but they are not perfect. See, when your children are born, you don't think about the challenges you may face. When they fit in the palm of your hand, you don't think about things like learning disabilities or ADHD. You don't think about how hard it may be to go over a math problem over and over again and your son just can't understand what's being asked.

And, when your second son comes and you look into those tiny brown eyes and play with his itty bitty fingers, you don't think about impulsivity and self-control issues. You tell yourself, I'm going to raise them up right, discipline them right and they'll turn out all right.

But life gives you twists and these things, these challenges you never thought about when they are babies, are realities when they are kids, and it can be heartbreaking and frustrating and disappointing at times. Our kids need a little help, a little special attention, a little different approach. It's not perfect, but it's our life.

But my journey has shown me that it's not about things being perfect. It's not about what I want from my life, what I thought my life was going to be like. It's about my kids and what I need to do to give them every advantage in life, not to be perfect, but to make them whole, to be happy, successful and triumphant at whatever level.

So, to dads all over, I just say there is no perfect. There is just your child. I'll say it out loud. No. My boys are not perfect in my eyes. That's just the honest to God truth. But here's what my boys are. They are joyful, they are kind, they are brilliant, they are fun, they are cheerful, they are spiritual, they are hilarious, they are thought-provoking, they are simple, they are grateful and they are loved - and that is enough for me.


MARTIN: That was Everett Young of Gaithersburg, Maryland with his thoughts on fatherhood and we thank all the fathers who contributed to our series this week, and to all the dads, the stepdads, the bonus dads, the grandfathers, the like-a-dads out there. Happy Father's Day.


MARTIN: Just ahead, the prosecution has rested in its case in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, but the emotional turmoil continues, including among those connected to the program who wonder what they could have done. People like former Penn State football star, LaVar Arrington.

LAVAR ARRINGTON: I'm just continuously going through my mind, like, was there something I could have done? Like, dang, I knew the kid was upset.

MARTIN: The Barber Shop guys weigh in on that and other news of the week. That's just ahead on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.