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A Bus Driver Abandoned 30 Kids At A Gas Station, Flipped Them Off And Told Them To Go Fuck Themselves

Complex- A Pennsylvania school bus driver has been charged with a DUI and 26 counts of endangering the welfare of children after reportedly leaving her vehicle with nearly 30 children inside at a g...

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This Marine went from the ballet to the battlefield — and back again

What do ballet slippers and combat boots have in common? Not much, if you ask most people. But for Marine Corps veteran Román Baca, the two go hand in hand.

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The rules of estate sales

Estate sales are the ultimate tease. They show a little leg when the estate sale organizers start posting delectable photographs of the contents on the website weeks in advance.

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The Story Of 'Whittier Blvd.,' A Song And Place Where Latino Youth Found Each Other

One of the first Chicano rock bands, Thee Midniters were often called East L.A.'s Beatles. Their instrumental track "Whittier Blvd." was a regional smash that pointed to a coming cultural movement.

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Born in war, Bangladesh’s rock ‘n’ roll is dying

The seeds of rock ‘n’ roll culture were planted in Bangladesh during the birth of the country in 1971, after a war for liberation separated this majority-Muslim territory from Pakistan.

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Ammar Campa-Najjar’s American dream

While the past months have been exhaustingly busy for the first-time candidate, something which is apparent from our interview, he is not slowing down anytime soon.

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Demolishing the California Dream: How San Francisco Planned Its Own Housing Crisis

If you want to understand San Francisco’s self-inflicted housing crisis, look no further than the city’s very first zoning law, commonly known as the ...

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    Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media

    Generation Z has grown up online – so why are a surprising number suddenly turning their backs on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat?

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    Disneyland of War, short documentary

    The U.S. government is manipulating children to think that war and violence is fun and glorious.
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    Director Chris Smiley and Producer Mike Hanes, an Iraq War combat veteran, challenge the glorification of war and violence in our culture while exposing the propaganda of the Miramar military air show. This air show is one of many outlets where war and violence is given a warm, inviting, and exciting aura. The utter horror and brutality is never understood by so many. Promoting a positive image of war and violence to people, especially children, is extremely dangerous. There is absolutely nothing cool, exciting, or heroic about ripping limbs, burning flesh, or shredding the organs of another human being. We need the public to understand the horrific nature of war and violence to be able to stand firm and vigorously question calls for war.

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    The Colorful History of the Rowdies, Radicals and Ruffians of Ocean Beach

    Grassroots and Progressive views on local, national and world news

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    NASA's Peggy Whitson Reveals How Astronauts Poop in Space | Inverse

    Ever wondered how astronauts poop on the International Space Station? NASA veteran Peggy Whitson has the answer. Whitson makes it clear in the interview that she really loved her time there, except for the whole bathroom aspect of space station life.

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    Solo-Hiking the AT During a Summer of Political Chaos

    What happens when an African American woman decides to solo-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine during a summer of bitter political upheaval? Everything you can imagine, from scary moments of racism to new friendships to soaring epiphanies ab

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    Woman Who Filmed Oakland, Calif.’s BBQ Becky Speaks Out

    Michelle Snider, the woman behind the camera who confronted a fellow white woman after she called the police on Snider’s husband and his friends using charcoal at Oakland, Calif.’s Lake Merritt park, took to YouTube Sunday to answer the question every

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    Andy Got His Gun: An Idaho Soldier Returns Home After War Crimes Conviction/Sentence

    "I had a lot of seriously lonely moments, a lot of horrible, horrible thoughts over the last five and half years, but I think that comes with the territory of where I've been."

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    Priscilla Yanez — Civil Service Worker or Spy?

    About month ago I sat down to interview Tina Real. Tina has memories of San Diego that span her eight decades here. What began as an interview of Tina herself quickly expanded to encompass her her…