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Kraft Global Fellows Jordan Arrival in Amman

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Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

Je’intavea’, he said that sweltering day in 1999. I am so ill. The words were Taushiro. A mystery to linguists and anthropologists alike, the language was spoken by a tribe that vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago, hoping to save itself from the invaders whose weapons and diseases had […]

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Parish priest breaks the silence, shares that he is gay

“Today, I break the silence and emerge free from the shackles of shame placed upon me at a young age. There is so much to speak about, to repair and to heal — much beyond the limits of these words in print.” – Fr. Gregory Greiten Read the full story

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Generation at risk: America’s youngest facing mental health crisis

American children’s mental health is worrying experts, with one in five kids suffering from a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. Read the full story

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Street food vendors up in arms over possible EU kebab ban

BERLIN (AP) — The doner kebab, that grilled fast-food sandwich which is the gastronomic equivalent of an American hamburger in many European cities, is under fire. The European Union’s legislature is moving to ban the phosphates used in the slabs of meat at the heart of the popular street snack that originated in Turkey. Up-in-arms […]

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The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’

These sites and monuments are popularly known as the “new Seven Wonders of the World,” modern additions to the ancient Seven Wonders laid out by Philo of Byzantium in 250 B.C., which included the hanging gardens of Babylon and the pyramids of Giza. (Of those ancient seven, only the pyramids remain.) The new wonders were […]

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Does Race Matter in America’s Most Diverse ZIP Codes?

At a time when race often still defines where people live and attend school, and the battles between alt-right and Antifa, nativist and immigrant, continue to rage, this Bay Area suburb of 120,000 can seem like a respite from the divided nation. Pick any two people out of this ZIP code, and there is a […]

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A Hospital Crisis Is Killing Rural Communities. This State Is ‘Ground Zero.’

GLENWOOD, Ga. ― If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital. After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed […]

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Study finds Asian-Americans rarely on TV, often play ‘tokens’

LOS ANGELES — TV’s Asian-American characters are so frequently slighted that even programs set in the biggest, most diverse cities leave them out of the picture, a new study found. For “Tokens on the Small Screen,” professors and scholars at six California universities looked at 242 broadcast, cable and digital platform shows that aired during […]

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Harvard Law memorial honors slaves owned by school’s founder

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Harvard Law School has installed a memorial honoring slaves who were owned by one of the school’s founders… Read the full story

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