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Roughly 20,000 people packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles today to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old musician and community activist was shot and killed 11 days ago right outside the clothing store he owned. NPR's Mandalit del Barco is with us from the Staples Center. Hey.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

CHANG: So this memorial service - I know it's ended. And I understand it's followed by a procession.

Lt. Col. Bree "B" Fram left a doctor's office on April 2. Presenting that day as Bryan, the name given to them at birth, B should have been relieved.

"Overall, it's a good thing," said B. "It just didn't feel great to have to do it on someone else's timeline other than my own."

"It" was an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria. As a transgender member of the military, B had to secure the diagnosis by April 12 in order to continue serving openly.

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Roughly 20,000 people packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles today to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old musician and community activist was shot and killed 11 days ago right outside the clothing store he owned. NPR's Mandalit del Barco is with us from the Staples Center. Hey.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

CHANG: So this memorial service - I know it's ended. And I understand it's followed by a procession.

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Roughly 20,000 people packed the Staples Center in Los Angeles today to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old musician and community activist was shot and killed 11 days ago right outside the clothing store he owned. NPR's Mandalit del Barco is with us from the Staples Center. Hey.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

CHANG: So this memorial service - I know it's ended. And I understand it's followed by a procession.

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Santa Anita Park in Southern California has been out of the headlines for a few days. That's welcome news at the famous horse racing track. Over the past three months, 23 thoroughbreds have died, mostly due to injuries from racing or training. The track was shut down for most of March, but it was open this past weekend for a major event. Still, the scrutiny from Congress to the LA County district attorney continues. And as NPR's Tom Goldman reports, throughout the racing industry, there's concern the future of the sport is at stake.

The new novel Trust Exercise opens with teenagers attending an elite performing arts high school in the 1980s.

There, the theater kids form heartfelt friendships and relationships, and then sabotage them. Their semi-tyrannical drama teacher both inspires and manipulates them — with his "trust exercises."

Midway through, the book leaps forward in time and perspective. One of the students, Karen, is now an adult, re-thinking her past.

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Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has named Judy Kehler as the city’s Treasurer and Income Tax Administrator. Kehler currently is WKAR’s Director of Corporate Partnerships.

In his State of the Union address this year, President Trump announced an initiative "to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years."

The man who pitched the president on this idea is Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Who says a dollar doesn't go as far as it used to?

When it comes to dollar bills, a new report from the federal government says they're lasting more than twice as long as they were at the beginning of the decade.

And that's upending an old argument about replacing the dollar bill with a $1 coin.

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Every year, about 40,000 Americans contract HIV, and that number has not changed for years. President Trump wants to end this. Here's what he promised in this year's State of the Union address.

(SOUNDBITE OF 2019 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: To eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.

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