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Sat August 22, 2015
Around the Nation

U.S. Compensates Marine Exposed To Toxic Chemicals In '80s

Originally published on Sat August 22, 2015 6:03 pm

Lt. Col. Kris Roberts served as a facilities maintenance officer at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan in the 1980s.
Courtesy of Lt. Col. Kris Roberts

The horror of Agent Orange and its effects on Vietnam war veterans and Vietnamese citizens is well-documented.

But many U.S. veterans who never fought in that war say they, too, handled toxic chemicals at military bases around the world, suffering the same health consequences. Retired Lt. Col. Kris Roberts is among them.

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Sat August 22, 2015

Off The Streets And Onto The Syllabus: The Freddie Gray Course

Originally published on Sat August 22, 2015 6:03 pm

A mural dedicated to Freddie Gray remains in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore where he was arrested in May of this year. Gray's later death in custody sparked days of unrest in the city — and, now, has inspired a course at the University of Maryland law school.
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It's been less than six months since Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man, died after sustaining severe injuries in police custody. At the time, Gray's death set off days of demonstrations in Baltimore — as well as rioting and criminal charges against six police officers. Those officers have all pleaded not guilty.

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Sat August 22, 2015
Author Interviews

In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored

Originally published on Sat August 22, 2015 9:46 am

We often hear the story of the Second World War through the experiences of American and British soldiers pitted in battle against Germany and Japan.

But the largest volunteer force in the world then was the Indian Army: More than 2 million Indian men fought for Britain, even as Indian citizens struggled to be free of the British Empire.

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Sat August 22, 2015

Trump Is No Conservative, Says Conservative Pundit Glenn Beck

Originally published on Sat August 22, 2015 2:43 pm

"I think what's happening," says conservative pundit Glenn Beck, "is that people will look at Donald Trump and they'll say, 'I care about jobs and the economy and immigration, and I am really tired of politicians,' and he has those three in spades."
Brynn Anderson AP

The rise of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate has surprised many pundits, but not conservative commentator Glenn Beck.

Trump has widened his lead over other Republican presidential candidates in public opinion polls. Other non-professional politicians, including Dr. Ben Carson, a brain surgeon, and Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, have also shot ahead of politicians in the polls.

Voters are angry, and they "want somebody just to say it the way they think it — especially if they say it in a non-politically correct way," Beck says.

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Thu August 20, 2015
Code Switch

With Its 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.
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Though Larry Wilmore had always hoped to be a performer, his early career was as a comedy writer. He wrote for shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and In Living Color, and created The Bernie Mac Show. He moved in front of the camera as The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" in 2006. So when Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report last year, Comedy Central tapped Wilmore to host the replacement show.

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