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    October 19, 2015  

    To see Caron Butler on the basketball court today, you’d have little sense of how far this NBA player has come. As a young boy, he had the dream and the skills, but nearly threw it away for a life of violence, drug dealing and prison. William Brangham talks with Butler and retired Sgt. Rick Geller — the police officer who helped turn him around — about Caron’s book, “Tuff Juice.” Continue reading

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    October 2, 2015   BY Laura Santhanam and Megan Hickey 

    No matter how you define a mass shooting, one thing is clear: data suggests this brand of violence has grown worse in the United States.
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  • WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, tweeted this image of its reporter and cameraman who were killed Wednesday morning during a live TV report.
    August 26, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Virginia TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead by a former co-worker during an interview Wednesday morning. The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, shot himself after a highway chase. Also, James Holmes was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole for his deadly 2012 attack on a Colorado movie theater. Continue reading

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    August 6, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury, connected to the leaking of grand jury information to damage opponents. Also, a massive California wildfire known as the Rocky Fire is now 40 percent contained. Continue reading

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    August 4, 2015  

    In Washington state, clams, oysters and mussels are being poached from the Puget Sound and sold for thousands of dollars. The most in-demand of these is the geoduck, which can sell for $150 a pound. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS in Seattle reports for EarthFix on why this illegal trade is so hard to stop. Continue reading

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    July 28, 2015  

    The global economy and our daily lives have become increasingly dependent on shipping, as millions of ships carry roughly 90 percent of the world’s goods. But we know little of the crime and lawlessness that takes place at sea. Ian Urbina of The New York Times joins William Brangham to discuss cases of murder, enslavement and pollution and why little can be done to stop it. Continue reading

  • People gather for a candlelight vigil against gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, July 3, 2015. Extra police patrols and long shifts were not enough to prevent nine deaths and about 50 injuries from gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, when homicides jump almost every year. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs, and a pervasive gun culture all contributing to the problem. Picture taken July 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young    - RTX1JA3U
    July 20, 2015  

    In Chicago, the number of shooting deaths has climbed in 2015 after falling the last two years. Vonzell Banks was one of the victims — a 17-year-old church choir drummer, who got caught in the crossfire during a family outing over the July 4th weekend. Special correspondent Chris Bury reports on what’s driving the violence. Continue reading

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    July 16, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a gunman attacked two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee, within minutes. Four U.S. Marines were killed, and the gunman was killed by police. The U.S. attorney for Eastern Tennessee said they are treating the attacks as an act of domestic terrorism. Also, a trial date was set for the man accused of the mass killing at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Continue reading

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    July 14, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tried to rally his Syriza party to back a new austerity bill. Paul Mason of Independent Television News reports on the hesitation, and outright rebellion, among many lawmakers. Also, attorneys offered closing arguments in the trial against James Holmes, who opened fire in a Colorado movie theater. Continue reading

  • COURT BATTLE immigration monitor
    July 10, 2015  

    Incendiary comments made by Donald Trump and a random killing of a California woman have added fuel to national debate on the contributions of and concerns about undocumented immigrants. William Brangham speaks to Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center, Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute and Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. Continue reading

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