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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Inside the LAPD's Problems With Crime Reporting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new controversy is brewing at the Los Angeles Police Department. According to a new investigation by the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD has misclassified over 1,200 serious violent offenses.

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Connecting The Dots Between Music & Academia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

After just one year of music lessons, the reading scores of 9- and 10-year-old students from low-income neighborhoods held steady, while the scores of their peers, who didn't study an instrument, dipped. That's the finding of a new study from Northwestern University. 

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Tensions Run High Over St. Louis Teen's Death

Monday, August 11, 2014

In St. Louis, Missouri, the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man has sparked outrage among the community. About 200 people took to the streets in protest over the weekend—the demonstrations started out peaceful and then turned violent.

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New Lives and A Land Torn Apart

Monday, August 11, 2014

An American immigrant in Israel explains why she made the decision to move and why she’s confident in the country’s future. One Arab-Israeli writer had long-embraced his role as someone who could connect and unite two cultures. But the recent violence has become too much for him—and he’s finally left Israel. 

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Stopping a Crisis From Becoming a Catastrophe

Monday, August 11, 2014

Is the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS in northern Iraq with drones and aid to Kurds too little, too late?

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Why One Tiny Texas Community Wants Nuclear Waste

Monday, August 11, 2014

There's no city council, no bank, no hospital, and no school in Loving County. There are few roads, not much cell phone serviceand not even a lot of drinking water. But now, some of the town's residents are hoping to change the face of the community by bringing in something new: Nuclear waste.

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No Turning Back for Russia and Putin

Monday, August 11, 2014

Russia has been losing friends fast, and that might not be a good thing. President Vladimir Putin remains hugely popular in Russia, but the country's economy is struggling as it deals with the burden of sanctions imposed by the West. And there seems to be no turning back from the path President Putin is taking.

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Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maryland's highest court has ruled that judges have been giving juries flawed instructions before deliberations, which has led to the release of over 70 inmates. The new Court of Appeals ruling has brought about an intense debate, raising questions about retrying decades-old cases.

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The Takeaway Weekender: Bad Feminism, The 7 Deadly Sins, and K-Pop

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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General's Death Reveals Complications of War

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The addition of Major General Harold Greene to the casualty list in Afghanistan yesterday is a nasty blow for U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan and trying to secure the country after years of war.

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'Hello, Comet!' Europeans Make Space History

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Europeans made history with the Rosetta Probe today. After a 10-year chase, the European Space Agency announced that its spacecraft has maneuvered alongside a speeding comet to begin mapping its surface in detail, opening the door for a new chapter in Solar System exploration.

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The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich on America's Congressional Angst

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

You'll often hear Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich on the national radio airwaves, but today he dropped by CNN to offer his expertise.

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Russian Gang Rips Off The Internet

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In what is the now the largest collection of user information ever stolen from the Internet, a crime syndicate swiped more than 1.2 billion user names and passwords, and some 500 million email addresses.

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The Watchmen at The White House

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

About 40 percent of suspects in the federal government's Terrorist Screening Database have no connection with any terrorist group. The database includes 611,000 men and 39,000 women across the U.S. The U.S. no-fly list has also expanded tenfold since President Obama took office in 2009.

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Sierra Leone: From Carnage to Development

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Writer Ishmael Beah has experienced the carnage of Sierra Leone's 10-year civil war first hand. After losing his family, Beah was recruited at the age of 13 to fight for rebel forces. He says hope for Sierra Leone's future is dependent upon investment in his country.

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A New Plague? Ebola Outbreak 'Out of Control'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With more than 1,600 reported cases, Richard Preston, a writer for The New Yorker and author of "The Hot Zone," a book about the origins of Ebola, says the situation in West Africa is starting to become "out of control" and look distinctly medieval.

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Roxane Gay Breaks The Rules With 'Bad Feminist'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Writer Roxane Gay is all about living in the contradictions. She says feminism is messy, and that capital-F feminism could do with a little more messiness.

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A Call For Nominations: Who's The Hardest-Working Person You Know?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

As the summer winds down, The Takeaway wants to honor hardworking Americans from every corner of the United States. Who is the hardest-working person you know? Nominate them here.

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Behold, the Creative Power of Pairs

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Abbott and Costello, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Twosomes that make history test the myth of the lone genius and the creative power of pairs.

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U.S. General Killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The general is reportedly the highest-ranking member of American military to die in the conflict since the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, and possibly the highest-ranking officer to be killed in action since the Vietnam War.

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