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With such a long and poor track record of racial discrimination, why didn't the NBA take any sanctions against Sterling until now? It's question our next guest Peter Keating has been asking for a long time.
US Army
The US military says it will review a new policy restricting the kind of hairstyles soldiers can wear. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement this week after the policy drew criticism for being racially biased.
Purple Group meeting

University Of Washington's secret society of undocumented 'Dreamers'

There's no special handshake. No code word. But for one secret group on the University of Washington campus, identification papers are a common denominator. Or rather, a lack of papers.

Samsung versus Apple patent trial goes to jury

The most recent legal battle between Apple and Samsung could be coming to an end soon. They've been in court arguing over software features on some of the most popular smart phones on the market.

Clippers fans react to Donald Sterling's punishment

Yesterday, the NBA handed down a stiff penalty on owner Donald Sterling, banning him for life and fining him $2.5 million, the maximum allowed by the league. For many Clipper fans the punishment was seen as a positive moment for the team and the city.
Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat
The Clippers take another step forward in the 2014 NBA playoffs, and a banana thrown onto a soccer pitch becomes a social movement. All this means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzsky, who have covered sports for the L.A. Times and ESPN.
Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

California prisons to start releasing nonviolent inmates

The state has until 2016 to bring down the number of inmates, thanks to a federal court order.
Medical Marijuana
Current conditions are exacerbating the situation in Northern California where the booming demand for marijuana is sucking watersheds dry.

Thousands of California schoolchildren living close to pesticides

A new report shows tens of thousands of students in the state attend schools very close to farms where heavy amounts of pesticides are used.

Can a decrease in large wildlife increase human disease?

According to a new study, large mammals like elephants and giraffes help stop the spread of human diseases by limiting the number of rodents out there.
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How the scent of a man can impact scientific research

Specifically, the scent of a man can impact the stress response in rodents used in science experiments.
Lily Wash and Dr. Dennis Clegg

Santa Barbara teen helps researchers battle her rare eye disease

As the school year winds down, families with kids are figuring out what to do with their summer break. But one teenager in Santa Barbara already has her plans locked in, she'll spend her time trying to regain her vision.
books library
For authors, coming up with just the right book title can be tough. Throw a subtitle into the mix and the process becomes that much more difficult. Today, for nonfiction books, a subtitle is pretty much required.
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'Roger Rabbit' star Bob Hoskins dies at 71

We end the hour with a celebration of the life of one of Hollywood's most esteemed actors. Actor Bob Hoskins passed away yesterday at the age of 71 from pneumonia.

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