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Stories for December 1, 2012

Is The Voting Rights Act Outdated?

Dec. 1
Corey Dade / NPR
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For more than four decades, the Voting Rights Act never lost a court decision as it cut a path for minorities' increased participation in elections.

Beauty Pageant Economics: The Sash Isn't Cheap

Dec. 1
Brenda Salinas / NPR
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Miss America's walk might look effortless, but her road to success probably cost more than you think.

Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

Dec. 1
Frank James / NPR
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Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, was clearly frustrated with the tactics some of his colleagues were using to gum up the legislative process.

Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills Self, Girlfriend

Dec. 1
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A Kansas City Chiefs player shot and killed himself at Arrowhead Stadium early Saturday morning after fatally shooting his girlfriend.

Reports: Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills Self Near Stadium

Dec. 1
Melisa Goh / NPR
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A Kansas City Chiefs player has reportedly shot and killed himself at a training facility near Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A second shooting of a young woman may also be related. The AP reports:

Week in Review: Homeless Shelter Delays And Drugs That Don’t Work

Dec. 1
By Claire Trageser
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City Councilman Todd Gloria will likely be the next council president and a North County permanent homeless shelter won't be open until January.

White House Holiday Spirit A 'Joy To All'

Dec. 1
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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The bows are tied, the garlands hung, and the White House is aglow for the holidays. Volunteers from all over the country handled the decorations with care, and on Wednesday first lady Michelle Obama showed off their efforts to military families. This year's theme is "Joy to All."

Farewell, USS Enterprise

Dec. 1
Tom Bowman / NPR
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Sailors, veterans and their families are saying goodbye in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday to the USS Enterprise, which was the largest ship in the world and the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier when it was commissioned in 1961.