This week, "Off the 99" reporters Ameera Butt and Mike North met with two local Muslims -- Monir Ahmed, who has lived in Merced for a decade, and Hicham Eltal, who has lived here for 18 years. Both are heavily involved in the local Muslim community. The discussion included the death of Osama bin Laden, the growth of extremists, and the role of the U.S. in the Middle East. Online editor Brandon Bowers also spoke with Justin Duckham, a UC Merced graduate now working for Talk Radio News Service. Duckham was at the press conference in which President Obama announced bin Laden's death.
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