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L.A. County Sheriff Responds To Safety Criticism

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says inmate safety is dramatically improving. Baca was responding to a scathing report by a blue-ribbon committee, which found a persistent pattern of excessive force by deputies against inmates at the nation's largest jail system. The committee stopped short of calling for the sheriff's resignation, but said his failed leadership was at the root of the violence.
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Education Pioneer Takes Border School To New Level

Juliet Garcia has made a name for herself as a trailblazer in education. She's the president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, a college near the U.S. - Mexico border with about 95 percent Latino students. Garcia speaks with host Michel Martin about her career and her commitment to serve the community where she was raised.
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Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law landmark legislation that bans gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors. Host Michel Martin talks with California State Senator Ted Lieu, who wrote the legislation, and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. That's a group hoping to overturn the law.
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Did The President Need A Sip Of Romney's Red Bull?

Tens of millions of Americans tuned in to watch Wednesday night's presidential debate, which focused on domestic policy. Polls indicate that a majority of viewers thought GOP nominee Mitt Romney came out ahead of President Obama. Host Michel Martin breaks down the debate with former speech writers Mary Kate Cary and Paul Orzulak.
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How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
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Major League Baseball To Begin Post-Season Play

The regular season ended Wednesday night, and that's when Miguel Cabrera became the 15th player to win baseball's Triple Crown. For the first time, there will be a one-game Wild Card playoff on Friday.
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New York City Students Pay To Store Cell Phones

Cell phones are banned in New York City schools, but students cannot bear to leave them at home. So entrepreneurs have been parking trucks near schools, where students can leave their phone for a dollar a day.

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