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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

sports lead

July 1st, 2014
06:43 PM ET

NCAA reopens 'paper class' investigation at University of North Carolina

(CNN) – After months of questions and pressure from whistle-blowers, academic reform groups, the public and members of Congress, the NCAA has decided to reopen its investigation into The University of North Carolina over its so-called paper class scandal.

UNC has been under scrutiny since 2011, when it was revealed that it had hundreds of classes in the Afro-American studies program that required no attendance and just a single paper. The issue received national attention after CNN highlighted literacy problems at UNC. In one CNN report, whistle-blower Mary Willingham said the so-called "paper classes" were well known by the athletic support staff as easy classes for athletes who needed to stay eligible, and that the papers were often plagiarized.

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national lead

June 27th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Cyber bullies using apps like Snapchat, where evidence disappears

(CNN) – Tricia Norman thought she was being a conscientious mom, keeping tabs on her daughter's social media accounts.

But like many parents, she found monitoring online communications was getting harder with things constantly changing.

The growing trend of apps such as Snapchat and Ask.Fm, where messages easily disappear, have raised alarms; many are concerned they could be used to hide sexting or inappropriate posts.

And it's not just parents, they're a problem for law enforcement, too. Especially when something goes terribly wrong.

CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

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sports lead

May 8th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

What happens to college football players who don't make the NFL draft?

(CNN) – Draft day is finally here, the day every football fan looks forward to. Unless you root for the Jets.

For a college football star, the move from Saturday to Sunday could mean a signing bonus in the tens of millions of dollars, another pile of millions in endorsements, and tens of millions of viewers for the NFL and its TV partners.

But those who do not hear the commissioner call their names, may be left with a degree that isn't worth the paper on which it's printed, if they graduated at all.

CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

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sports lead

February 18th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Northwestern football players take union hopes to labor board hearing

Chicago (CNN) - Kain Colter actually got this idea sitting in a college classroom at Northwestern University.

The 21-year-old quarterback, soon to graduate with a degree in psychology, is taking the day off from training for the NFL draft to take the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing today and testify against his own university and on behalf of fellow football players.

The goal: an attempt to revolutionize the way collegiate athletes are treated.

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January 17th, 2014
06:53 PM ET

UNC investigating claims over athletes' reading ability

(CNN) - The University of North Carolina has launched its own investigation into claims highlighted by CNN that too many of its student-athletes read poorly.

Chancellor Carol Folt posted an open letter to campus, saying: "I take these claims very seriously, but we have been unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with those data currently being cited as the source for the claims. Moreover, the data presented in the media do not match up with those data gathered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions."

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