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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 76 percent chance they are a different race or ethnicity — and odds are they’ll be comfortable talking to each other.

“The gift about being in close proximity is that you’re desensitized to seeing a different culture and judging it right away,” said Lena Yee-Ross, a 17-year-old high school senior whose mother is Chinese-American and father is black.

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A Trip Through the Stunning, Rock-Hewed Churches of Ethiopia

King Lalibela wanted to construct these churches because Ethiopian Orthodox Christians wanted to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see the birthplace of Jesus Christ. But many were unable to make or perished during the journey. When King Lalibela saw that, he envisioned a New Jerusalem to which the faithful could make the pilgrimage.

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A Holocaust Survivor Reunites with Newly Discovered Nephew

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades.

Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who fled Poland at the beginning of World War II and thought his entire family had perished learned that a younger brother had also survived, and his brother’s son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying in from a remote part of Russia to see him.

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On the Streets, the Eyes of the Homeless Reveal Many Stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten sign with a plea for help.

It’s harder to look away when you’ve seen their eyes.

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KGF Deadline Reminder!

Hello all! The deadline to the Kraft Global Fellows program is fast approaching. Please apply by November 1st here!

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 in the middle of August this year.

On Glenwood’s main street, building after building is now for sale, closing, falling apart or infested with weeds growing through the foundation’s cracks.

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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 the 2015-16 season and tallied the numbers, screen time and portrayals of characters of Asian or Pacific Islander descent among 2,000 TV characters.

The report released Tuesday, a followup to broadcast TV studies done in 2005 and 2006, found increasing opportunities for Asian-American actors but concluded they are still underrepresented and “their characters remain marginalized and tokenized on screen.”

There was a sense of optimism with the emergence of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Dr. Ken” and Netflix’s “Master of None,” all starring and focused on Asian-Americans, said Nancy Wong Yuen, a Biola University associate professor and one of the study’s authors.

“It felt like, ‘Oh, we’re finally making it,’ ” Yuen said in an interview. “But even (“Dr. Ken” star) Ken Jeong said, ‘Of this many shows, we only have three?’

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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…

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AP PHOTOS: Egypt woman gives wake-up call to Ramadan fasters

CAIRO (AP) – Just before dawn, Dalal Abdel-Qader paces the streets of Cairo, beating a drum and calling out to her neighbors…

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Fighting For Religious Freedom As Father, Husband, Minister And Gay

Check out this piece by Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush on LGBTQ pride and Religious Freedom here !

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