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Embed America: Problems of liberty and justice on the plains
Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln says raising allegations of police brutality and civil rights abuses against his reservation's police department cost him his job.
August 9th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Embed America: Problems of liberty and justice on the plains

By Lisa Desjardins and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Rosebud, South Dakota (CNN) - They are watchwords of both parties: freedom and liberty.

But when Embed America went to South Dakota we found a place where many say that both are threatened and the problem is ignored. The Rosebud Sioux Reservation includes one of the poorest counties in the nation, but residents talked with us more about their concerns that the tribal police force is part of a broken justice system.

We spoke with Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln, a recently fired police officer who made some serious charges.

[3:14] “You're talking violations of civil rights, excessive use of force is one. You’re talking spraying handcuffed suspects with pepper spray to physical police brutality where the officers end up injuring or breaking bones from assaulting somebody.”

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Looking lone wolf terrorism in the mouth
Daryl Johnson is an expert on domestic terrorism.
August 8th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Looking lone wolf terrorism in the mouth

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) - The FBI says it is investigating whether the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin was an act of domestic terrorism.

Daryl Johnson says he doesn't have to wait. He guessed a lot that was right about the person who did it, even before he heard the name, Wade Michael Page:

[o:16]: "I mentioned to my wife that this was definitely going to be a hate-motivated crime – most likely by a white supremacist with a military background."

Johnson authored a controversial intelligence report on right-wing extremists while at the Department of Homeland Security. FULL POST

Little bugs that bite big
Stinging insects are trying to deliver a message.
August 8th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Little bugs that bite big

By Jim Ribble, CNN

(CNN) - Imagine spending your professional life getting stung by insects. It's just another day at the office for entomologist Justin Schmidt at the University of Arizona.

[3:38] "You get these waves of pain, and you're just there in agony. Ice won't work, a little bit of libation won't help the problem, you can't sleep," he says.

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OPINION: Why do school sports start before classes do?
Schools starting sports practices well before classes begin shows confused priorities, LZ Granderson says.
August 8th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

OPINION: Why do school sports start before classes do?

(CNN) – CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says there's a problem when schools start sports before classes begin. Granderson believes more dedication to our country's academics could help with some nationwide issues like unemployment.

[0:39] "For much of the country high school football started last month and for much of the country high school classes start next month. Given where high schoolers rank globally in reading, math and science that is essentially putting the cup before the helmet in the 21st century."

[1:16] "We live locally but are competing for jobs globally. Part of the reason why the unemployment rate is 8.3 percent is because many Americans don't have the technical skills necessary to fill some of the 3.5 million jobs that are currently available."

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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Embed America: Lemon Grove, California as microcosm of U.S.
Like many American towns, Lemon Grove, California has been struggling to pull itself out of hard economic times.
August 7th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

Embed America: Lemon Grove, California as microcosm of U.S.

By John Sepulvado, CNN

Lemon Grove, California (CNN) - Our Embed America election series has been exploring the issues important to American voters and their communities. The stories we discovered frequently involve issues we're not hearing much about in the presidential candidates' campaigns.

From Florida to California, CNN’s John Sepulvado has been reporting on issues as varied as gun control, education, or public transportation and how those issues play out in the lives of American voters.

Wrapping up his leg of the Embed America journey across the southern United States, he takes us to his hometown of Lemon Grove, California. When he arrived there, his brother, James Sepulvado, told him the local recreation center was closing:

[2:51] “It’s kind of unique, as far as I know of, that the city had funded what was essentially an after school program,” says James Sepulvado. “We would play sports there, they had games like foosball, pool, you know, you could do arts and crafts…it was like, this safe place and there were some really amazing people that worked there, and they had this great knack for knowing which kids needed some guidance, and which kids needed some extra adult figures in their life. And I think they actually saved a lot of people.”

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