"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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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra On JazzSet

Jun 21, 2012
Originally published on June 21, 2012 3:32 pm

It started in 1966 as a three-week agreement among composer and conductor Thad Jones, drummer Mel Lewis and Max Gordon, the proprietor of The Village Vanguard in New York. And it continues, gloriously. Celebrating 46 years of Monday nights, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra plays the music of founder Thad Jones and its late musical director, Bob Brookmeyer — from "ABC Blues" to "My Centennial" — on JazzSet.

Thad Jones and Mel Lewis founded this orchestra. Lewis was the drummer, driving the music from within. Jones, coming out of the Count Basie band, was out front. Jones' charts screamed "new." As a conductor, he had charisma, and he played a wonderful cornet and flugelhorn.

After Thad Jones' departure in the late 1970s, Bob Brookmeyer — one of the original trombone players — became musical director. "First we swing," he said, "then we look ahead, basing our innovations on our experiences." His participation was not continuous, but when Brookmeyer died in 2011, he was working on a new VJO project titled Suite for Three, and the band plays a movement from it here.

To this day, people ask host Dee Dee Bridgewater, "What was it like to tour Europe four times with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra?" Listen for her answer and a full set of great music from a band born to play it.


Trumpets: Nick Marchione (lead), Tanya Darby, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt; trombones: John Mosca (lead, co-leader), Luis Bonilla, Jason Jackson, Douglas Purviance (bass trombone, co-leader); alto saxophones and winds: Dick Oatts (lead), Billy Drewes; tenor saxophones and winds: Ralph LaLama, Rich Perry; Gary Smulyan, baritone saxophone and bass clarinet; Michael Weiss, piano; David Wong, bass; John Riley, drums.


Congratulations to Josh Jackson, Patrick Jarenwattananon, David Tallacksen and the WBGO/NPR team for 50 live webcasts and broadcasts from The Village Vanguard. Thanks to Lorraine Gordon, proprietor. Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos.

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