All Things Considered on NPR News http://nwpr.org en Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities http://nwpr.org/post/airbnb-start-charging-hotel-taxes-handful-cities When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, Googled accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.<p>At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.<p>But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.<p>Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/net-us-airbnb-tax-idUSBRE8331CN20120404" target="_blank">14 percent</a> per room. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Ben Trefny 44590 at http://nwpr.org Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities Welcome, Spring — And More Importantly, Playoff Hockey http://nwpr.org/post/welcome-spring-and-more-importantly-playoff-hockey Among NHL fans, there's a favorite adage: "There's nothing like playoff hockey." The start of this year's playoffs has been no exception. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis comments on the first few games. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44593 at http://nwpr.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://nwpr.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 44591 at http://nwpr.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots http://nwpr.org/post/latest-album-gina-chavez-unearths-her-latin-roots Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44587 at http://nwpr.org On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://nwpr.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Authorities in Massachusetts spent the past year planning a more secure environment for the 2014 Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 3,500 police and National Guard soldiers along the course. Runners and spectators are asked to leave bags and strollers at home. Participants generally seem OK with the new measures but say it may change their experience of the race. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44588 at http://nwpr.org Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History http://nwpr.org/post/disaster-everest-marks-deadliest-day-mountains-history More than 13 Nepalese climbers died while preparing a route on Mount Everest for Western climbers. Grayson Schaffer of Outside Magazine explains that local porters and guides bear the brunt of the danger on these extreme climbs. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 NPR Staff 44581 at http://nwpr.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches http://nwpr.org/post/president-obamas-favorite-county-least-when-it-comes-giving-speeches Residents of Prince George's County, Md., might just get sick of hearing "Hail to the Chief." President Obama has visited this county to deliver policy addresses more than any other in his second term.<p>"Hello Maryland. It's good to see you," the president said enthusiastically in January at a Costco in Lanham, Md. "I love to get outside of the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away."<p>For many years, presidents have traveled to Prince George's County because it is the location of Joint Base Andrews, the home base of Air Force One. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 44543 at http://nwpr.org Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://nwpr.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 44536 at http://nwpr.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium http://nwpr.org/post/ohio-snake-art-thats-been-mid-slither-millennium In new installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered effigy of a snake, created a thousand years ago. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Noah Adams 44538 at http://nwpr.org The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://nwpr.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 44539 at http://nwpr.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies