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A day after authorities announced the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, a few details have come into focus.

A can of dog repellant and a hammer from a suburban Sacramento Pay N' Save: the things that Joseph James DeAngelo shoplifted in 1979, costing him his job as a police officer in Auburn, Calif.

The coins and small items that the man then called the East Area Rapist would take during his attacks.

The as-yet-unidentified item discarded by DeAngelo that had a sample of his DNA on it — enough to provide the evidence leading to his arrest.

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Dan Barnett, book reviewer for the Chico Enterprise-Record whose "Biblio File" column appears in the Sunday Arts section, is Nancy's guest as they discuss 2013 local authors like Douglas Keister, Dick Cory, John Rudderow, Zigrid Vidners, Jay Fuller, and others.

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you tuned into "Jeopardy!" in 2011, you might have heard an exchange like this.

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ALEX TREBEK: Watson, start us, please.

WATSON: The European Union for $200.

Lori Jean Phipps writes books for big kids and little kids. In one of her books, she recorded what her day is like as a preschool teacher in Orland, California. In "Get It?" she records the words of the children themselves. "Tis the Season to be Molly" is one of her books for children that she illustrated herself.

Activist, writer, and teacher Brenda Hillman's new collection has been nominated for a National Book Award. This work concludes a four-book series exploring earth, air, water, and fire.

Chico shaman Victoria Hunt studied metaphysics and earth spirituality for over 20 years and especially Celtic spirituality. She says when we simply take a walk in nature, we can travel into "Faery" and bring wisdom from that consciousness to help make things better for everyone on this planet. Her book describes elementals (earth, water, fire, and air spirits), gnomes, elves, sylphs, as well as the significance of solstice and equinox; and why we should leave some part of Bidwell Park wild.

Peace activist James Douglass tediously researched previously unreleased documents from the 1960s and came up with startling conclusions about the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Peggy Jennings-Severe is a student services administrator at Butte College who wrote her book to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships by providing questions and activities to expand and deepen conversation at family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

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