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Years Delayed, Detroit Starts Testing Rape Kits For Evidence

In 2009, thousands of boxes of potential evidence were discovered untested. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is leading the effort to handle the backlog. While the city still lacks sufficient funding to test all of the 11,000 kits, it has made two convictions and discovered a pattern of serial rapists.
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Hollywood Writer's Gongs Still Going Strong

The gong business is still a hit for Andrew Borakove, a comedy television writer turned gong salesmen. Despite the rocky economy, his doors have been open for eight years. "We've watched the world go up and down," he says, "but when you're selling gongs, there's no up or down, it's just round."
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Acts Of Kindness Continue At Corner Perk Cafe

Earlier this year, one of the regulars at a Bluffton, S.C., coffee shop decided to donate $100 to buy other customers' coffee. Her gift sparked a chain reaction of people who also decided to "pay it forward."
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From Obamacare To Wis. Recall: 2012 Political Headlines

President Obama's re-election wasn't the only noteworthy news of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Newsweek/Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky about the biggest political stories of 2012.
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2012 Economic News That Didn't Involve Cliff-Plunging

The fiscal cliff has been dominating headlines, but there were other, more uplifting economics stories of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. They take a look back at the biggest economics stories of the year.
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Cautious Optimism For Behind-The-Scenes Fiscal Dealing

The deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is fast-approaching. The combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect in just three days. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Jacki Lyden about where congressional leaders are on a deal.
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'Truth By Repetition': The Evolution Of Political Mudslinging

Two former reporters are now making a living digging up dirt on political candidates. They help their clients find obscured truths on their competition — and on themselves. While name-calling isn't new, there are more ways to spread a damaging message. But as this election showed, that message isn't always factually based.
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'Watch Nights,' A New Year's Celebration Of Emancipation

On Dec. 31, 1862, African-Americans and abolitionists waited for word — via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth — that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. A New Year's Eve tradition marks the anniversary of President Lincoln's actions to end slavery.
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S.C. Town Needs A Mayor, But No One Wants The Job

The New York Times reported this week that the town of Little Mountain, S.C. (Population: 292), is in search of a mayor. Buddy Johnson, the current mayor, is leaving after 16 years. The trouble is, no one seems interested in taking the position.

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