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In L.A., Community Engagement Helps Reduce Gun Violence

July 30, 2013

On the most dangerous streets of Los Angeles, Calif., “gun violence equals gang violence,” says Police Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Six years ago the Mayor’s office and the LAPD came up with an innovative way to combat gang violence with a program called “Summer Night Lights”. The program invites the entire community for a night of fun and food, and provides access to valuable resources like employment opportunities.

Justice Department May Act in Zimmerman Case

July 25, 2013

Late Saturday evening, a jury in Florida found George Zimmerman not-guilty of second degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While Zimmerman may have been acquitted, protesters around the country rallied against the decision and demanded federal intervention.

Bilingual Classrooms Turn English-Only in Effort to Improve Test scores

July 19, 2013

Faculty at DiLoreto School in New Britain, Conn., are facing push-back from their community after deciding to switch from a dual-language school to English-only classrooms.

Myanmar Farmers at Risk from Government Land Seizures

July 18, 2013

In the Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, farmers are facing the destruction of their family’s homeland as the government enters into numerous development contracts with large corporations in the race to develop the impoverished country. Farmlands that have been owned and farmed for generations will soon be high-tech food and textile factories.

Virtual Realities To Help Gamers Create A Better Future

July 12, 2013

Video games are one of the world’s fasting growing industries, now grossing about $80 billion a year in revenue, or roughly twice that of movies. Now the race is on for researchers to develop a fresh way to create new virtual realities. Many are hoping to find ways that games can have a positive impact on economic and social behavior.

Children in Burkina Faso Risk Life and Limb in Gold Mines

July 11, 2013

A gold rush has opened up jobs for the desperately poor in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, but these lucrative opportunities have created a major risk for many children who work in the mines.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Right

July 03, 2013

Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued two rulings on the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage. In a victory for gay rights activists, the Supreme Court extended benefits to legally married gay couples, but did not rule on the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

June 27, 2013

Gay rights activists claimed victory Wednesday after the Supreme Court decided to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied legally married same-sex couples the same rights as their straight counterparts.

Cicadas Emerge Across the East Coast

June 20, 2013

After 17 years underground, millions of periodical cicadas have emerged from their dark homes and invaded the East Coast, alerting everyone with a deafening hum.

Singapore Takes Farming in a New Direction: Up

June 13, 2013

Singapore is one of the world’s most populous cities, but the wealthy island metropolis that is home to more than five million people only grows about seven percent of the produce it consumes. This may be an extreme case, but a lack of local food is a problem for urban areas around the world, and with 80 percent of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, a problem that will only grow larger.

Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers Honored 50 Years Later

June 07, 2016

In 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his family home while his wife and children took cover inside. White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was eventually convicted of murder, but only after a 30 year legal battle.

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Meet the DJ who gets the party started at the Olympic beach volleyball venue

August 15, 2016

Beach volleyball at the Rio Olympics is a party and what's a party without a DJ?

When horses fly: Getting a horse to the Rio Olympics

July 29, 2016

As athletes converge on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games, a special group of competitors are taking an unexpected journey to Rio. 

U.S. beach volleyball player Brooke Sweat eyeing Olympic debut

June 09, 2016

Brooke Sweat doesn’t fit the mold of most big-name beach volleyball stars.

Ex-racehorses are hoping for a shot at Olympic glory

May 06, 2016

Horses that have failed on the track are finding successful careers in the sport of eventing. Now they're looking to make it to the Olympics.

USA Volleyball names Olympic beach volleyball teams

June 12, 2016

Four U.S. beach volleyball teams have officially qualified for the Rio Olympic tournament, according to a statement released by USA volleyball on Sunday

William Fox-Pitt to return to Olympics nine months after fall

July 07, 2016

British eventer William Fox-Pitt has been named to his fifth Olympic eventing team just nine months after coming out of week-long coma. 

10-time Olympian Ian Millar left off Canadian show jumping team

July 14, 2016

Canadian equestrian Ian Millar will not be breaking his own record at the Rio Olympics. The 69-year-old show jumper, who made his tenth Olympic appearance at the London Games, was not listed on Canada’s equestrian roster, released Thursday. 

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