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NAACP's Leon Jenkins resigns, Union Station turns 75 and more

Published May 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM PDT
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In this photo taken April 28, 2014, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, announces that Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling will not be receiving his lifetime achievement award, at a news conference in Culver City, Calif. Jenkins has his own legal problems, which are coming into focus now that the NBA has banned Sterling for racist comments.
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In this photo taken April 28, 2014, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, announces that Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling will not be receiving his lifetime achievement award, at a news conference in Culver City, Calif. Jenkins has his own legal problems, which are coming into focus now that the NBA has banned Sterling for racist comments.

Today, we start with a discussion about the resignation of LA's NAACP president Leon Jenkins. What does this mean for the organization and what is its role in modern day America? Then, a couple big anniversaries this week: Union Station turns 75 and LA's Groundlings improv company turns 40. Plus, California Chrome hopes to win big at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, Carlene Carter's new album pays tribute to her musical family and more.

Leon Jenkins, the president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP, has now stepped down. Jenkins faced a wave of criticism over his plans to honor Sterling with a lifetime achievement award, despite a track record of alleged discriminatory actions and statements.
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This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of L.A.’s landmark Union Station downtown. A new exhibition, No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station opens today (May 2nd) at the Central Library downtown.
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In 1974, The Groundlings started out performing in a tiny basement for audiences smaller than the size of its cast. Since that time, it's spawned some of the biggest stars in comedy, like Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Phil Hartmann, Lisa Kudrow, and others.
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