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Prosecutors Undecided On Retrial Of D.C. Man In Vendor Beating Case

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Prosecutors in the District say they haven't decided whether to retry a D.C. man whose conviction for the beating and robbery of an 83-year-old vendor was overturned, reports the Associated Press.

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 last week that detectives violated the rights of James Dorsey by handcuffing him to a chair for 13 hours during questioning. Dorsey's lawyers said he was repeatedly questioned after saying he didn't want to talk and asked for an attorney.

Dorsey eventually gave a videotaped confession during the questioning that led to his conviction and a 14-year sentence for the attack on the elderly woman.

The U.S. attorney's office says it is reviewing the ruling. District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier says the department does not condone the techniques used in Dorsey's initial interrogation.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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