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D.C. Law Provides Protection For Overdose Victims

People seeking medical assistance for drug overdoses in the District will soon have more legal protections. Many people who witness overdoses are reluctant to call 911 because they're afraid of being arrested, advocates say.

The act would give these callers immunity for drug possession and related minor offenses in an effort to reduce deaths from overdosing. It also requires an educational campaign and the collection of data to monitor changes in the causes and rates of overdoses in the District.

Critics say the act is unnecessary and could be exploited to allow illegal conduct. The bill has been approved unanimously by the D.C. Council and signed by the mayor. It will become law after a review by Congress. 

So far, ten states have adopted similar harm reduction laws aimed at preventing overdosing deaths.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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