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Paying Tribute To Funk's 'Sugarfoot' Bonner

With his double neck guitar, big afro and flamboyant costumes, the late Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner got people dancing with hits like, Love Rollercoaster. Host Michel Martin looks back at the life of the Ohio Players' front man and how his musical vision ushered in 70's funk.
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Violence In The Windy City

Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who traveled with her high school drill team to the presidential inauguration in Washington, was shot and killed in Chicago this week. That's bringing up new questions about deadly violence in the city.
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Gabourey Sidibe, From 'Precious' To 'AfroPop'

Gabourey Sidibe burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2009 with her Oscar-nominated performance in Precious. Now she's hosting the new season of AfroPop, a documentary film series on public television. Sidibe talks to host Michel Martin about the series, her career, and the secret meaning of her name.
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Gun Hearing Airs Issues, Disagreements On Solutions

More than 200 people crowded into a Senate building on Wednesday for the first hearing on gun violence since the tragic shootings at a Connecticut elementary school. Lawmakers have proposed any number of new regulations — from banning assault rifles to closing loopholes in the background check system.
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Milwaukee County Sheriff: 'You Have A Duty To Protect Yourself'

Sheriff David Clarke tells residents that, with officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer their best option. Many law enforcement officials are outraged, saying this call to arms will make the Milwaukee area more dangerous.
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Hagel: 'No One Individual Vote, Quote Or Statement Defines Me'

"My overall worldview has never changed," said the former senator, who has been nominated to be secretary of defense.
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Talented Teen Killed In Chicago Gun Violence

Hadiya Pendleton was a sophomore at King College Prep High School in Chicago. The 15-year-old traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to perform with the school's marching band at inaugural events. This week, she was shot to death by a man who inexplicably fired at her and a group of friends.

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