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Living with nature: the Endangered Species Act "gone wild"
The California mountain community of Bear Valley Springs is overrun by the endangered condor.
June 21st, 2013
02:04 PM ET

Living with nature: the Endangered Species Act "gone wild"

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – Forty years after the introduction of the Endangered Species Act, the California Condor is trying to reclaim its home. The problem is, humans have moved in.                                                                                                           

[0:51] "There are about 420 birds in the world and a little over half of that population are in the wild."

Joseph Brandt, biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service's condor recovery program, said for the second year in a row, California condors have come back to roost in the mountain community of Bear Valley Springs, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Residents say the curious scavenger birds are wreaking havoc.

[1:26] "They’ll take apart anything plastic or canvas and just shred it. They shred screen doors."

These birds, that stand four-feet tall with wing spans of up to eight feet, can create quite a mess. One woman called the Bear Valley Springs police department to say her car was vandalized. The vandals it turns out, were condors and the graffiti painted all over the car was…not paint.

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Chinese living in US look forward to Presidential visit
Chinese Ex-Pats in LA say Xi Jinping's visit to California is positive for both countries.
June 7th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Chinese living in US look forward to Presidential visit

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit with President Obama in Southern California this weekend.

Chinese ex-patriots living in Los Angeles say the historic visit is good for both countries.

[1:04] “The two countries; the relationship more better. That is my wish.

Seventy-six-year-old Kit came to the US from China in the 1940s. He says he hopes the visit results in mutual respect between the two countries.

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Making life easier for transgender teens in school
California is considering a law allowing transgender teens to choose their preference in high school.
May 28th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Making life easier for transgender teens in school

By Jim Roope,CNN

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(CNN) - Psychology over biology.  A proposed law making its way through the California legislature would allow transgender teens to choose the bathroom, locker room facilities and sports teams of the gender with which they identify.

[0:30] “It’s like you’re being trapped in a body that doesn’t fit you. And it hurts.”

Nineteen-year-old Darius was born a girl but always wanted to be a boy. He’s starting the process now, a year after graduating from high school. Although everyone knew he was born a girl, he tried to live as a boy throughout his four years in high school.

[2:54] “I mean sometimes when I would go into the male’s bathroom, I’d like wait there. I’d like wait in the stall until every guy was gone. It’s like you have to be overly careful about everything you do and that takes over a lot of your mind when you should be  focusing on education.” FULL POST

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Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts
Boy Scouts of America will vote this week on wether to allow gay boys to join local troops.
May 22nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America will hold a controversial vote at its annual meeting this week that could open the door to gay Scouts to join the more than 100-year-old organization. The new resolution however would keep out gay adult leaders.

If the resolution passes, it could mean that many conservative and church sponsors of troops may cancel those sponsorships, leaving troops without a place to meet.

Reverend Earnest Easley, Senior Pastor of the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, said his church could no longer sponsor the Boy Scouts if they admit openly gay boys:

[0:57] “We cannot be a sponsor of any group that openly embraces a moral agenda contrary to our beliefs.” FULL POST

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A mother's daily fear in the land of opportunity
Undocumented immigrants with US-born children worry that deportations will break up their families.
May 17th, 2013
12:18 PM ET

A mother's daily fear in the land of opportunity

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - A quarter of the estimated 11-million illegal immigrants in the U.S. live in California. That's according to a recent study from the University of Southern California. The study also shows that in some parts of Los Angeles, one in three people have no legal right to be there.

[1:10] “When you are so poor and you don’t even have three meals a day, the only thing you think about is going to a place where you’ll be able to feed your kid. You don’t even realize that there is a border to cross. You don’t know that.”

Isabel Medina crossed into the U.S. from Mexico illegally in 1996, with her husband Felipe and then 1-year-old child. Since arriving 17 years ago, she’s had two other children who are lawfully U.S. citizens. Her family receives no government subsidies; no welfare, no food stamps, nothing. They do take advantage of the public school system. She lives with the daily fear of her family being broken up. FULL POST

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