Convention Speeches Soar, Raise A Question: Can Clinton Connect With Ordinary People?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-r_0aC1JI0 The third night of the 2016 Democratic convention scaled several major peaks: President Obama gave, perhaps, the best-written oration of his career. Vice President Joe Biden gave, perhaps, his last national convention address, and his prospective successor, Tim Kaine, gave his first.But when it was all over, and Obama was joined on stage by the woman who wants to succeed him, you could feel the love welling up from the delegates and you could sense...
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All signs indicate there will be two marijuana initiatives on the ballot in San Bernardino this fall.  More than 7.000 signatures - practically double what was required - were turned in to city officials earlier this week for a second measure also dealing with pot dispensaries.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, the future of the second - and a possible third - initiative remains hazy.

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Students in the Theatre Department of San Bernardino Valley College are planning a stage production -- possibly including song, dance, and music -- interpreting the events of the December 2 terror attacks at the Inland Regional Center last year.  If plans pan out, the show would would be performed around the first anniversary of the massacre.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Cal State San Bernardino College of Business has been officially renamed The Jack H. Brown College of Business to honor Jack Brown, the long-time leader of Stater Bros. food markets, and the single largest financial donor to CSUSB.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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After his speech last night (Wednesday) ripping into Donald Trump, California Governor Jerry Brown has now spoken at two Democratic National Conventions a quarter-century apart, where the candidate's name was Clinton.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from Philadelphia, the context is quite different.

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Bernie Sanders supporters will continue to protest in Philadelphia through the end of the Democratic National Convention, and his California delegates will continue to be at the center of it.  But, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from the convention, their tone has nevertheless softened from the convention's opening days.

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A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state's landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the poll also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.

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More than 60% of adults in California don't get an annual flu shot.  The findings come from a new UCLA study released yesterday (Wednesday).  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

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Democratic party leaders at the national convention in Philadelphia have tried to frame the protests of Bernie Sanders supporters as a family disagreement, rather than party disunity.  For at least one family, that's true, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports from the convention.

The father of an Inland Empire man shot and killed by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies says his son pointed what was a toy gun at deputies.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles and Donate Life California celebrated the 10th anniversary yesterday (Tuesday) in their partnership to save lives.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson speaks to one of those who've benefited from the organ donation program.

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After Coup Attempt, Turkish Government Cracks Down On Media

The Turkish government has cracked down on independent media since an attempted coup on July 15, shutting down at least 45 newspapers and 16 TV stations, The Associated Press reports.On Wednesday, the state-run news service Anadolu Agency reported 47 arrest warrants had been issued for employees of the newspaper Zaman, and 13 people had been detained.Zaman and a sister publication were raided by police in March for their supposed connection to the Hizmet religious movement led by exiled...
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Taking On A U.S. Senator As A Student Propelled Clinton Into The Spotlight

Hillary Rodham's 1969 commencement address at Wellesley College did not stand out because of what she said.It stood out because of how she said it, and because she said it at all. This is a story not about words, but about context.Before 1969, Wellesley had never had a student speaker at commencement. Administrators spoke and special guests spoke, but students at this women's college didn't have a voice on graduation day.Eldie Acheson, a classmate of Hillary Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, led...
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Western U.S. Saw An Amazing Light Show Last Night, Courtesy Of China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFpL36n68eY Maybe it was a meteor? Or space junk? People on the West Coast weren't sure what the bright object was that streaked across the sky Wednesday night, but they knew it was spectacular. Now comes word that the object — which separated into bright fragments — was a stage of China's large new rocket.Americans who spotted the flaring object Wednesday night could be forgiven for not knowing that. "Oh my gosh!" was a common reaction, as in a video taken in...
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There's No Controversy: Let's Stop Failing Our Children On Evolution

Watching the NBC Nightly News broadcast on a Friday earlier this month, I gaped as the last segment aired.Kevin Tibbles was reporting from the site of Kentucky's Ark Encounter, constructed by Christian fundamentalist, young-Earth creationist and Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham. At the time, Ark Encounter was set to open to the public the following week.Tibbles described Ark Encounter as telling "the Old Testament story of Noah, the animals and, of course, the flood." He interviewed Ham...
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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated 3,617 hospitals on a one- to five-star scale, angering the hospital industry, which has been pressing the Obama administration and Congress to block the ratings.Hospitals argue that the government's ratings will make...
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From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FnO3igOkOk Here's how Alfred explains villainy to Batman in The Dark Knight: "Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."Movie audiences have a long history with onscreen malefactors who would happily fan the flames if the world ever caught fire, the imprisoned super-villains in the movie Suicide Squad being the latest incarnation. These bad...
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Times are tough for Chesapeake oysters.For one thing, they used to be bigger. "If you look at what people were saying back in the 1600s and 1700s about oysters, people had to cut them in half before they could even eat them," says Denise Breitburg, an ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.What's more, these oyster behemoths were so plentiful that they formed tall towers stretching up to the water's surface. But today, after decades of overfishing, oyster populations in...
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