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Norton: Security Clearance Reforms Needed After Navy Yard Shooting

Lawmakers in the region are calling for reforms to government security clearances as they continue to investigate the Navy Yard shooting.

The mass shooting at the Navy Yard that left 13 dead and eight wounded was the second deadliest on a military base in the nation's history. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the wound hasn't healed for many.

"We were hit very hard at the Navy Yard and we were hit by a deranged man who, as I understand it, had the second highest security clearance," she says.

Lawmakers are still trying to figure out how a man suffering from mental illness  was able to maintain a high security clearance as a government contractor. Norton and others are pushing for reforms ensure security clearances are updated more regularly.

"I can't understand the original set of the 10-year notion even the most stable person has incidents in his life in a decade," Norton says.

Lawmakers in the region are also looking for ways to get state and local officials to share more arrest records with the federal government.

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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