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D.C. Roundtable On Race, Justice System And Trayvon Martin

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In the aftermath of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Florida, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is organizing a community discussion tonight focusing on the perception of black men. Martin, 17, was killed Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

The case has prompted a nationwide discussion on race relations and tonight, at the D.C. Armory, the Commission on Black Men and Boys is holding a roundtable hearing.

Among the four panelists will be Charlie Rawlings, whose 14-year-old son was killed in 2007 in a shooting involving two off-duty D.C. police officers. The officers were never charged and the family received a settlement from the city. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.


The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.


Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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