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Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Placing prosecutors in a neighborhood instead of a courtroom is a different kind of "law and order." A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime.

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A Prospective Pro Athletes' Backup Plan? Pit Crewing For NASCAR

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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Milwaukee Neighborhood Rallies To Put Young Boys On The Right Path

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Activists are trying to teach boys the value of hard work and respect through neighborhood cleanups and mentoring sessions. The community pays the boys $20 for four hours of work.

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Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.

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Bankrupt California City May Turn To Taxing Pot

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is wasting money fighting marijuana sales, says the city attorney. Better to regulate pot, end the black market — and collect taxes.

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All Things Considered

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

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All Things Considered

Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

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All Things Considered

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.

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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average, responding to these fires has been costly. Now, the Obama administration is re-evaluating how it pays for fighting them.

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When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.

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Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.

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California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.

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As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In the past 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.

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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

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Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.

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