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Death Row Inmate and Nobel Nominee Stanley Williams

Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a convicted murderer and co-founder of the notorious Crips street gang in Los Angeles, has been on California's death row since 1979. While in prison, he became a children's author and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his efforts to reduce gang violence. Now he could be next up for execution.

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As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics. Over the years, she has also covered everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art). Every year, she covers the Oscars and the Grammy awards for NPR, as well as the Sundance Film Festival and other events. Her news reports, feature stories and photos, filed from Los Angeles and abroad, can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Alt.latino, and npr.org.