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Stories for June 29, 2013

'I Am A Gay High School Basketball Coach'

June 29
NPR Staff / NPR

When pro basketball player Jason Collins announced earlier this year that he was gay, Anthony Nicodemo was listening.

Review: 'The Lesser Blessed'

June 29
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani looks the recent art film, "The Lesser Blessed," about a First Nation teenager in a small northern Canadian town and the secret that haunts him- bleak, but worth a look.

Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?

June 29
NPR Staff / NPR
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This was a week in which the country was reminded of our continuing struggle with race -- and how we're still not quite sure how to talk about it.

Shuttle Atlantis Lands For Good At Kennedy Space Center

June 29
Matthew Peddie / NPR
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Visitors to the new Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center walk into the building under a big orange external fuel tank like the one the shuttle rode into space.

Back On The Ground, Nik Wallenda Dreams Up His Next Walk

June 29
NPR Staff / NPR
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Daredevil Nik Wallenda of the famous "Flying Wallendas" family successfully walked on a 2-inch-thick cable across a 1,500-foot gorge near the Grand Canyon last week -- without a net.

Will Death Valley Top 130 Degrees? Here's Where To Watch

June 29
Mark Memmott / NPR

We can't do anything about the oppressive heat wave that's cooking states across the nation's Southwest.

Jury Deliberations Begin In Sidewalk Chalk Vandalism Case

June 29
City News Service
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After repeatedly writing anti-bank messages in chalk on sidewalks in front of San Diego U.S. Bank branches, a 40-year-old man is on trial for vandalism. Jury deliberations began Friday.

Chula Vista Police Crack Down On Distracted Driving

June 29
City News Service
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Police officers in Chula Vista focused on citing drivers using cell phones while behind the wheel.

California Reduced Trash To Record Low In 2012

June 29
Associated Press
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Californians reduced the amount of trash sent to landfills to a record low last year.