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Naval Academy Midshipman Accused Of Rape Chooses Judge Over Jury

A Naval Academy midshipman charged with sexually assaulting a classmate has chosen a trial by judge instead of a jury in his court-martial. Jury selection began at the Washington Navy Yard this morning.

Government prosecutors allege Joshua Tate had sexual contact with a female classmate who was so drunk she was unable to consent. They also allege he lied to Navy investigators.

The charges stem from an off-campus party in Annapolis in April 2012. Three midshipman, all members of the football team at the time, initially were accused of sexually assaulting the woman.

Formal charges were not filed against one midshipman, who is now an ensign in the Navy.

Charges were dropped against another midshipman who is now in the process of withdrawing from the academy and is a witness in the case against Tate.

The alleged victim remains at the naval academy and is expected to testify.

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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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