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Growing Worker Shortage Looms Over Logging Industry's Future

Logging is dangerous, arduous work, and fewer young people are pursuing it. Logging groups hope more outreach, and a bill that would lower the minimum logging age, will help keep the industry going.
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Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage

A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
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Sandwich Monday: The B50 Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a bold new idea in hamburgers: a patty that's 50 percent beef and 50 percent bacon.
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Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.
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Dad Catches Rockies' Home Run With One Hand; Baby Is Safe

A San Francisco Giants fan snatched the homer on Father's Day while holding his 1-year-old son. One day earlier, another Giants fan caught a foul ball while also holding a child.
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Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

Law professor Randall Kennedy's memories of the Jim Crow South include his mother packing food to avoid stopping on long trips. He says the symbolism of these little moments is still important today.
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Bon Iver's 'Holocene': A Perfect Song To Write To

Andy Marra writes passionate essays about her experiences as a transgender woman. For the regular segment 'In Your Ear,' she shares some of the jams that help get her thoughts on paper.
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Is Educational Change Coming For Native Americans?

President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.
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Activist Janet Mock: Please Respect Transgender Teens

When singer R. Kelly's teenager revealed himself as a transgender boy, the blogosphere erupted. Writer and activist Janet Mock discusses the do's and don'ts of writing about transgender minors.
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Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

As the violence in Iraq begins to close in on Baghdad, host Michel Martin learns more about the conflict from The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, and former U.S. interpreter Tariq Abu Khumra.

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