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Pencils Down? French Plan Would End Homework

President Francois Hollande says the extra work penalizes students with difficult home situations, proposing doing away with homework in elementary and junior high schools. But others argue the individual work is exactly what those students need to succeed.
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Pioneer Of Community TV Celebrates 40 Years

Downtown Community Television has served as both an educational video center for its Chinatown neighborhood and a pioneering independent producer for major broadcast networks. DCTV is marking its 40th anniversary this fall. Jon Kalish talks to its founders, alumni and current crop of students about why its work is still important.
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Is The Voting Rights Act Outdated?

The most effective civil rights law in U.S. history faces its most serious challenge yet as the Supreme Court prepares to re-examine its constitutionality.
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Beauty Pageant Economics: The Sash Isn't Cheap

From directors to designers, almost everyone in beauty pageants turns a profit. But not most of the contestants. Many can wind up spending thousands of dollars for entrance fees, the perfect gown and top-notch coaching. For most contestants, it's an expensive hobby with little or no financial reward.
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Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.
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Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills Self, Girlfriend

After shooting his girlfriend multiple times early Saturday morning, linebacker Jovan Belcher drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of coaches and police.
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White House Holiday Spirit A 'Joy To All'

The bows are tied, the garlands are hung, and the White House is aglow. The decorations were handled with care by volunteers from all over the country, and this week, first lady Michelle Obama showed them off to military families.
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A Little Kindness Can Go A Long Way

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon brings us a story of a little bit of holiday kindness, courtesy of a New York City policeman who brought a homeless man a pair of boots, and the photo that spread the story across the Internet.

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