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Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET A small number of right-wing "Free Speech Rally" demonstrators disbanded early from Boston Common after they were confronted by thousands of counterprotesters shouting anti-Nazi and anti-KKK slogans. Deborah Becker, a reporter with member station WBUR in Boston , said that "a few dozen" rally attendees were escorted from Parkman Bandstand by police and placed into police vehicles "for their own safety." "The counterdemonstrators cheered as the group was escorted out of...

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Violent demonstrations in Berkeley this year foreshadowed the recent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left 3 people dead.  With police forces around the country now on the watch for similar protests, Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter looks at what they can do to prepare.

California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state Capitol later this month.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

As California's wine grape harvest gets under way, most of it will be done by machine.  But as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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Three California lawmakers are asking the federal government to prevent an alt-right group from rallying in San Francisco this month, after the violence in Charlottesville on Friday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the leaders' actions on high-profile issues have infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Firefighters have made significant progress fighting two Inland Empire wildfires this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Several California universities are on the list of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, including two of the top five institutions on the list.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue taking inventory of the positives and negatives inherent in the Inland Empire economy that affect our region's ability to compete with the Southern California coastal communities for economic growth and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains two potentially major influences on the IE's economic ascent.

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As firefighters continued battling the Blaine Fire in the hills between Riverside and Moreno Valley, another brush fire broke out farther east, near the Pass community of Banning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Because the Blaine Fire burned near populated neighborhoods in Riverside and Moreno Valley, the fire retardant that aircraft have been using to fight the fire has been sprayed on a number of local homes, yards, and cars.  The Press-Enterprise this morning reported that Cal Fire is actually willing to return to the retardant-covered neighborhoods and use fire hoses to help spray it off of houses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.



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