NPR News Nuggets: All Love Lost, Tortoise Species Saved & Big Bucks In Texas

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Diego, a tortoise of the endangered Chelonoidis hoodensis subspecies from Española Island, is seen in a breeding centre at the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz Island.
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Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

In Texas, high school football serves as the focal point for Friday nights. The whole "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" mantra is real, believe me — I was in the band.

As fierce as the rivalries are though, some of them can't be left on the field for the teams to duel out. When the Allen High School Eagles' opened their new stadium, which cost $60 million to build — yes, you read that right — the McKinney School District in the neighboring Dallas suburb decided they had the funds to compete. We learned from Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Monday that McKinney ISD announced that they, too, would build a new stadium with the shiny price tag of $70 million.

The Eagles' new stadium can seat 18,000 and comes complete with a giant screen — in case you didn't want to watch the game on the field. Yes, some things are just bigger in Texas.

Way to go, Diego!

Given the chance to save his species from extinction, Diego, the tortoise, answered the call.

On Monday, Morning Edition host David Greene told us that Diego lives in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and has around 800 offspring. So yeah, he's a busy guy. Did we mention he's more than 100 years old? It's safe to say he's given his offspring a pretty good chance for the future.


Does love even exist anymore? Literally, no one knows, and that's because Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt earlier this week, Morning Edition host David Greene reported on Wednesday. The Hollywood power couple has been married since 2014, but they've been together since 2004, and they have six kids together. The divorce papers showed that Angelina is requesting full physical custody for all of the children. As the divorce case continues, it might be time to find a new couple to 'ship. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, anyone?

Pot Rocket

Incoming! That's what Mexican police were thinking when they found a van containing a 10-foot-long air cannon in it, Morning Edition host David Greene told us on Wednesday. What exactly was the cannon flinging? Pot. Yep, each cannon shot delivered 60 pounds of marijuana as it flung packages over the walls and fences along the Mexico-U.S. border. Looks like that plan just went up in smoke.


Kim Jong Un's lucky number has to be 28. What else could it be when North Korea only has 28 websites on its servers? As Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep reported on Thursday, someone in the country accidentally opened access to all the websites and researcher Matthew Bryant decided to have a look. He found all of the sites and then dumped all of the data onto Github, a hosting site for computer code, so the rest of world could see what's behind the wall of the shielded society. Good news: North Koreans do appear to have a social network — it's simply named "Friend."

Wynne Davis is a Digital News intern.

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