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Steubenville, OH rape trial set to begin – Poppy Harlow reports


(CNN) - Once, high school football was the thing that brought people together in the eastern Ohio town of Steubenville.

That was before two star players of the Steubenville High School football team, demigods in this small, down-on-its-luck town along the banks of the Ohio River, were accused last summer of raping a 16-year-old girl, part of a series of alleged assaults chronicled on social media.

With the two boys at the center of the case set to go to trial on rape charges on Wednesday, an unwelcome national spotlight is shining on Steubenville.

CNN's Poppy Harlow previews the trial on "Starting Point" this morning.

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