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Michael Franti performs at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Thursday, June 4. Franti has been playing music across the globe for three decades. (Associated Press)

Michael Franti: Hip hop ambassador

- The Washington Times

Michael Franti is a poet, a political activist and a passionate musician who blends a myriad of styles into a unique stew of rock, pop, hip-hop and folk served with a healthy dose of positivity. His songs are call-to-arms anthems disguised as danceable hippie jams.

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FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial say they are moving closer toward the heart of their case: whether Holmes was legally insane when he committed one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

Theater gunman's writings alternate between ramblings, plans

- Associated Press

Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public Wednesday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial.

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, a scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory. On Wedensday, May 27, 2015, the first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

- Associated Press

The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.

A tribute for blues musician B.B. King is held in W.C. Handy Park Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The city of Memphis is saying farewell to blues legend B.B. King with a tribute and processional down Beale Street on Wednesday. King died May 14 in Las Vegas. He was 89. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

Blues legend B.B. King honored with Memphis processional

- Associated Press

A Dixieland jazz band walked ahead of a slow black hearse and a crowd of thousands followed as the city of Memphis said farewell Wednesday to blues legend B.B. King with a tribute and processional down Beale Street.

Montana Western brings in veterinary tech program

Associated Press

Arizona-based Pima Medical Institute plans to offer veterinary technician and veterinarian assistant programs in collaboration with the University of Montana Western in Dillon.