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Kennedy As AIDS Crusader in the Early Years of the Epidemic

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Senator Ted Kennedy is being remembered as a champion for human rights, including for those in the gay and lesbian communities.

Joe Solmonese knew the Senator as a resident of Massachusetts, a fellow dog walker at the local dog park, and as President of the Human Rights Campaign. "There is not to my knowledge a gay person in his family, or a personal circumstance that motivated his advocacy, but rather the success of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and our rights was inexplicably tied to the direction of this country."

He remembers the battles the late Senator waged on the Senate floor, saying, "He was the first and the loudest voice advocating for and protecting our community in the earliest days of the aids epidemic." Solmonesesays it will take not one, but a number of people, to fill Kennedy's role as crusader for human rights.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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