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Internet Activist Memorialized As Leader Of 'Free Culture' Movement

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The death of Aaron Swartz has intensified a debate over access to information on the Internet. Swartz was a computer prodigy and activist who committed suicide on Friday. He was only 26, but he had long ago become a leader of the Free Culture movement, which believed online information should be accessible to everyone. Audie Cornish talks about the movement with a reporter who has covered it, Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent with CNET.
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Check Out This 1999 Profile Of The Late, Great Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel stayed true to his roots, even when it wasn't easy. This LA Times piece takes a look at why that was.
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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.
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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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Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says it's too soon to say whether the signal came from intelligent life-forms — but researchers are checking it out.

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