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Vikiana Petit-Homme, 16, led a meeting in Boston this week to recruit more students for the national student walk out planned for March 14. "We're just going to do what we have to," she says. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Students Get Mixed Messages On Whether Protesting Will Get Them In Trouble

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For Rogers, farming is a calling and a way of life. He says continuing financial pressure is threatening the survival of dairy farmers and the landscape of New England. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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As Milk Prices Decline, Worries About Dairy Farmer Suicides Rise

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Tom Brady celebrates after the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 during Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. Al Bello/Getty Images hide caption

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Patriots' Success Encourages Larger-Than-Life Expectations

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Ezzard Turner, a dean at the City on a Hill Circuit Street charter school in Boston, returns students' phones after locking them in pouches for the school day. A new policy at the school aims to literally contain distractions by requiring the phones to stay locked up until dismissal time. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up

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Cardinal Bernard Law (right) speaks with unidentified prelates as he attends Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in 2013. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Bernard Law, Former Archbishop Of Boston, Dies In Rome At 86

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Five years ago, Avielle Richman, 6, was shot in her first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Jeremy Richman/Courtesy Richman Family hide caption

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A Newtown Family's Campaign To Change How We Think About Violence

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Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown

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Tatiana Curran, right, and her boyfriend Jake Cowen-Whitman say their three-year relationship is an anomaly amongst their peers. But they readily concede that even they have serious issues around intimacy. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

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Recent news stories suggest some human resource departments failed to adequately respond to sexual harassment issues. seb_ra/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

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Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

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Meghan Downey, 22, a recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, protests outside an Arlington, Va., auditorium after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke about campus sexual assault. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?

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Betsy DeVos Signals Rollback Of Obama Policies On Campus Sexual Assault

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For 22 Years, Boston Arena Broke Promise To Hold 3 Fundraisers A Year

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