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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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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

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