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2:56am

Mon May 20, 2013
Around the Nation

Growing Vegetables From Seeds Takes Root For Many Gardeners

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:20 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's planting season, at least for those growing things like summer squash, beans and cherry tomatoes. And we're seeing a change. Rather than buy already developed seedlings, which are more expensive, many gardeners are buying seed packets. It's a sign they want to start their gardens from scratch. And seed companies say they've seen an increase in orders since the economic downturn.

Reporter Sasa Woodruff reports that it's easy to read the directions on these seed envelopes, the hard part is following them.

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3:32pm

Wed May 15, 2013
U.S.

L.A. Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:50 pm

When Garfield High School in Los Angeles stopped suspending students for "willful defiance" several years ago, it saw suspensions drop from more than 600 to just one. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to follow suit in all LA schools.
Reed Saxon AP

School suspensions are a big issue in California. Last year, schools handed out 700,000 of them. But the Los Angeles Unified School District took a step to change that this week when it voted to ban suspension of students deemed "willfully defiant."

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9:53am

Wed May 8, 2013
Code Switch

USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:43 am

Mark Jones, a USC freshman, protests on Monday.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.

USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.

"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. "What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?"

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10:30am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Could Tommy Lasorda Be Any Less Impressed By PSY?

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:42 am

As PSY danced, former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (sitting, in the blue shirt) looked on with a quizzical expression.
Mark J. Terrill AP

12:25am

Mon April 15, 2013
Around the Nation

Tax Day Is This Statue Of Liberty's Last Day Of Work

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 11:28 am

Robert Oliver, 27, dances on the corner of 28th and Crenshaw in west Los Angeles, dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume outside the offices of Liberty Income Tax.
David Gilkey NPR

The intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 28th Street looks like a lot of intersections in Los Angeles: There's a Taco Bell on one corner and a strip mall with a liquor store and a Liberty Tax Service office on the other. And out in front, as traffic speeds by, 27-year-old Robert Oliver is hard at work — dancing.

"So, chest movements like this, this is called bucking," he says. His chest bounces to the beat. His Bluetooth headphones are on. And his feet glide across the hot sidewalk like he's on ice. "I come up in here and I go down, and that's called a kill-off."

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