Morning Edition on KTTZ-FM en Colleges Move To Ban Selfie Taking At Graduation Ceremonies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Selfies are now favored by movie stars, astronauts, even the president of the United States. But as we head into commencement season, they have been banned at some college graduations. The University of South Florida told students to think about the dignity of the ceremony before attempting a selfie with the university president as she hands them their diplomas. If you do strike a pose and take a pic of yourself, the university says they might take that diploma back. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:01:00 +0000 editor 43154 at Amsterdam Mayor May Ban Pot In Red Light District, Court Says Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Amsterdam is not quite the wide-open city you thought it was. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and nobody prosecutes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It's sold openly in shops. The mayor, though, wants to prevent you from doing those two things together. A court has upheld his effort to ban marijuana cafes within the Red Light District. So, it does not matter what you do in Amsterdam, but it does matter where you do it.<p>You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 editor 43155 at U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The CIA is ramping up a program to ship arms to rebels in Syria - more powerful weapons than in the past. The United States had resisted this step until now. We're learning about it from NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman who's in our studios once again. Tom, good morning.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: What kind of weapons are we talking about here?<p>BOWMAN: Well, Steve, some of these weapons are antitank weapons. They're called TOWs. And I'm told this is the first of an increased effort to arm the so-called moderate rebels. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 43149 at Obama: U.S. To Defend Japan In Territorial Disputes With China Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama is on the first leg of a four-country trip to Asia and today he reassured Japan that the U.S. will defend it in territorial disputes with China. China is not on the president's itinerary this time, but that country looms large over the trip all the same. NPR's Anthony Kuhn joins us from Seoul, which is the president's next stop. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 43150 at Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, we know mom and pop shops have been struggling for some time now, trying to compete against big-box stores and online retailers. Just in the last quarter, online sales jumped by 16 percent. But all is not lost for the shop around the corner. Some small retailers are actually embracing their size by making their businesses very, very specialized.<p>Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A CROWD)<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: You know how every town or neighborhood has their cast of characters? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 43151 at