Richard Aoki was known as the "minister of education" for the Berkeley, Calif., chapter of the Black Panther Party. Nikki Arai/Courtesy of Nancy Park hide caption

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SoloPower is betting it will succeed where others have failed with a $197 million loan from the Department of Energy. SoloPower/PRNewsFoto/AP hide caption

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Samantha Moreno, in pink, with her family. "The hardest part of coming out is to know that you're about to hurt someone that you love," she says in a video featured on the website of Familia es Familia, which aims to help Latino families accept their LGBT loved ones. Courtesy of Samantha Moreno hide caption

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking in Sacramento on Wednesday, advocates a ballot initiative that would increase sales and income taxes. Several states have measures on the November ballot that seek to plug deficits by raising taxes. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Ryan Curtis leans in for a kiss from Love Kovtun on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood in April. New businesses and investment have helped revitalize the city's downtown over the past decade. Laura Morton for NPR hide caption

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