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Sweetness And Light

Athletes Want To Talk To Fans Without Meddlesome Sports Journalists

Former baseball player Derek Jeter is leading the charge to find ways for players to speak to fans without media middlemen.

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Stanley Wrice, center, pauses in December 2013 as he speaks to the media with his lawyer Heidi Linn Lambros, left, and his daughter, Gail Lewis, while leaving Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years. He claimed for decades that Chicago Police detectives under the command of then-Lt. Jon Burge beat and coerced him into confessing to rape. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Chicago Set To Create Reparation Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

Officers on the South Side are believed to have brutally abused hundreds in the '70s, '80s and '90s. The council vote will set aside $5.5 million for the victims and provide education and counseling.

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The Salt

'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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Protesters gather April 30 Outside of Puerto Rico's Capitol building in San Juan to oppose Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's budget proposal. The plan would raise taxes to help cover the state's massive debt. Ricardo Arduengo/AP hide caption

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Economy

In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

After years of recession and rampant tax evasion, the U.S. territory is desperate to renegotiate its $73 billion debt. But it can't declare bankruptcy, and plans to raise taxes face strong resistance.

The Clinton campaign is embracing several new technologies and platforms to get their message out more directly to voters, and it's a tactic her potential rivals are sure to employ, too. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

'Clinton Cash' Rebuttal And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

The Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton Foundation fundraising — and it's not using the typical channels to do so.

Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country's economic problems. Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

Venezuela's economic woes provide plenty of fodder for comedians. But the government doesn't seem to have a sense of humor: Comics say they are being targeted and prevented from performing.

Public memorials, like the one at the scene where Freddie Gray was arrested, have also become sites to commemorate other deaths of unarmed black men in similar police encounters across the country. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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U.S.

Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

What comes from such tragic events are crucial lessons about policing for other cities. Mainly, they've taught officials the importance of keeping the public informed and good community relationships.

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