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Autumn Mowery, 20, operates the candlepin bowling alley in Ellsworth, Maine. She has been running the place by herself and needs to update the bowling alley's machinery in order to be able to hire any employees. Sofia Aldinio for NPR hide caption

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Protesters march through downtown Memphis in response to the death of Tyre Nichols earlier this month. Video footage of Nichols being arrested and beaten by police was released to the public on Friday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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People rally Friday in Times Square in New York City to protest the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols earlier this month in Memphis, Tenn. Yuki Iwamura /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Jan. 17 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died three days after Memphis police officers beat him during a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Adrian Sainz/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators are seen outside the nation's capital on Friday evening, following the release of footage showing the police killing of Tyre Nichols. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Nikki Charles of the activist groups Harriet's Wildest Dreams and the D.C. Safety Squad block part of K Street in Washington D.C. to protest the police killing of Tyre Nichols. Tyrone Turner/WAMU For NPR hide caption

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Brianne Chapman protests outside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Friday, during the sentencing hearing for Julian Khater and George Tanios. Khater pleaded guilty to assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick with pepper spray on Jan. 6, 2021. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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A group pauses in 2017, with some in prayer, at a makeshift memorial on a New York City bike path that that honors victims of an attack who were stuck and killed by a rental truck driven by Sayfullo Saipov. The Islamic extremist was convicted of federal crimes on Thursday and could face the death penalty. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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In this image taken from San Francisco Police Department body-camera video, Paul Pelosi (right) fights for control of a hammer with his assailant during a brutal attack on Oct. 28, 2022. San Francisco Police Department via AP hide caption

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A black bear takes a "selfie" on Nov. 24, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. The image was captured on a motion-sensing camera, which was installed so that officials could track, learn about and protect wildlife. City of Boulder hide caption

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Police officers, who were seen on camera beating and kicking Tyre Nichols, stand by where Nichols is slumped over on the ground. This image is a screenshot of one of the videos from graphic police body camera footage released to the public on Friday night. City of Memphis Vimeo/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe speaks at a news conference in Miami on Wednesday about a network of nursing school operators, centered in South Florida, who allowed students to buy diplomas without the proper training. D.A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP hide caption

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state rejected the African American studies course because education "is about the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of ideology or the advancement of a political agenda." Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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