AUDIE CORNISH, host: The new school year starts this week in Chicago. And in a couple of schools, the day will be 90 minutes longer than last year. The new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and his team of school leaders complain that Chicago's public schools have among the shortest school days in the country. But last week, the teacher's union rejected a proposed longer day. It was accompanied by a negligible increase in pay. Now, the Emanuel administration will have to fight this battle one school at a time. From Chicago, NPR's David Schaper reports.
Lloyd Smith, left, and Laura Sprankle of Hagerstown, Md., visit the overlook at the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
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Donna Glessner, a volunteer with Friends of Flight 93, says the memorial is a "landscape memorial," meaning that the crash site itself is the memorial to those that died when United Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Gill Sans: "The cleanness, the simplicity of the Gill Sans is what I really like. I like that you can experiment with different fonts, but finding one that really works is nice. I feel like I'm not wandering through the font desert anymore."
Arial Bold: "Before I go into the booth, I've got to make sure the whole [script] is in bold and then I'm ready to go. I don't know what that says about me."
Helvetica is the chosen sans-serif typeface of the New York City subway.
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Garamond: "It's got little feet on it — serifs. It's a very clear, simple font."
<strong>Ready For (Font) Change:</strong> Gotham, the typeface used by Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, is giving Helvetica a run for its money as the go-to typeface for declarative signs. (Much to <a href="http://bit.ly/8FaoB7">the delight</a> of some <a href="http://bit.ly/qGgwgm">typography geeks</a>.)
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Are you an Arial person? A Times New Roman? A Garamond? A Lucida Handwriting? So much of our communication is expressed in text these days that people become deeply attached to the typeface they use to type out their thoughts. Bold or unbold, serif or sans-serif — like the car you drive or the clothes you wear, your font expresses who you are ... and can go in and out of style.
Construction is still under way at ground zero, the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York. A memorial plaza is set to open a week from Sunday, 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.
Amid the bulldozers and cranes, there are newly planted oak trees. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the two massive waterfalls that will flow into the foundations where the towers once stood. The official museum won't be ready until 2012.