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New Scrabble Champ: Oregon Man, 24, Wins Title

In the final, Conrad Bassett–Bouchard of Portland used words including "florigen." Of the runner-up, the tournament head says, "He's going to be kicking himself for missing 'gramarye.' "
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Roundtable: The Past And Present Of 'Yellowface'

Have more non-Asian actors, musicians and others been trying to don makeup or clothes in an attempt to look "Asian," or are we just better at noticing it? Three experts weigh in on the phenomenon.
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How People In Ferguson See The Police in Ferguson

Some residents say that even before Ferguson police killed a teenager, they saw the police as a potential threat. Increasingly this week, they're seeing the police in military gear.
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The NPR Ed Mailbag: The Participation Trophy

Is it "killing our sense of competition" or "simply something to commemorate their time as part of a team"? Here are some of your many responses to our story on giving kids awards for participating.
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Tear Gas And Arrests: Ferguson Police And Protesters Face Off

Police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson used helicopters and armored vehicles to try to control an area torn by racial tension and outrage over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
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Chicken Trying To Cross The Road Impedes Traffic

"This is actually not a prank," said the man who called in the incident near Portland, Oregon.
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Police Arrest 'Post' Reporter Covering Mo. Shooting Aftermath

When police officers gathered up everyone at a Ferguson McDonald's, 2 reporters were also picked up. Steve Inskeep talks to Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post, who was one of the reporters arrested.
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For A 4th Night, Ferguson Police Disperse Protesters

We hear voices from Ferguson, Mo., a community in distress over the death of Michael Brown who was shot and killed last Saturday by a police officer. The young African-American man was unarmed.
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For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

There's a joke in LA that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.
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California Proposal Could Fund Water Projects

California lawmakers came to an agreement on a $7.5 billion bond package to address the state's drought. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the proposal, and now the public will vote on the measure in November.

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