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Reconciliation’s process and promise

The stories by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in Louisiana and Fred Weir in Russia in this week’s issue are about the search for reconciliation. They are about injustice and inhumanity on two different continents and on a scale unthinkable.

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East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

After a Navy and civil service career, Charmaine Savage began publishing a top-notch magazine that highlights those making a difference in her hometown.

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The stark message behind Mueller indictment of 13 Russians

The Russian nationals, as well as three Russian organizations, were charged with meddling in the 2016 US election.

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As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton

A review of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is expected to be released soon by the Department of Justice’s inspector general. It may help answer growing questions among Republicans about possible bias at the FBI – and shed light on the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

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Unilever's gambit reflects advertisers' role in cleaning digital 'swamp'

The consumer-goods giant has threatened to take ad spending elsewhere if social-media firms like Facebook don't do more to weed out offensive content. Is 'techno-optimism' about algorithms giving way to a more nuanced view of corporate responsibility?

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How post-ISIS scramble for advantage in Syria raises risk of wider war

While outside powers that played large roles in the Syrian war show little desire for an enlarged conflict, their fierce rivalry in the war's 'most dangerous phase' poses an escalation threat, as recent violence demonstrated.

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After large-scale killings, aid groups find new ways to comfort

 From Florida to post-ISIS Iraq, incidents of mass violence have pushed humanitarian groups to offer care for trauma and ways for communities to rebond.

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Whose nature? Colorado leads push to democratize the outdoors.

In one of the largest-scale initiatives to combat the 'nature deficit,' Colorado is investing millions of dollars to connect low-income and minority children to nature.

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More than glitter: How US women pin Nordic medal hopes on teamwork

American women used to be the also-rans in cross-country skiing, a sport dominated by Scandinavians. But by valuing each other’s unique contributions, they have become one of the top teams in the world.

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Black and Latino mortgage borrowers still face subtle discrimination at the bank

Congress originally passed the Community Reinvestment Act as a way to fight urban lending discrimination. But despite following the act's regulations, many banks continue to employ lending practices that reinforce racial disparities. 

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Capitol Hill reaction to Florida shooting follows a familiar script

In the wake of the shooting at a high school in Florida, many Democrats in Congress call for tighter gun laws, while Republicans emphasize mental health.

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After the Olympics, war-torn families still hope for reunions

Families separated at the outbreak of the Korean War hope that thawing relations between the two Koreas will be enough to restart reunion programs with loved ones that live across the border. Many believe North Korea's outreach is serious this time.

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Six boys who survived the Florida shooting find strength in friendship

A group of high school students, who lived through the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, say their connection is their key to finding a way to move forward.

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Utah County Jail culinary program provides skills, bridges divides

A culinary program at the Utah County Jail employs inmates in the jail's commercial kitchen, aiming to change behavior, provide employable skills, and bridge divides between law enforcement and inmates. 

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New online tool helps seafood companies fight slavery

Media reports of slavery in the fishing and seafood processing industries have prompted the creation of an online tool that allows companies to asses the likelihood of human rights violations throughout their supply chains.

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In GMO debate, Uganda seeks to balance hope and fear

After publicly supporting a bill that would have legalized genetically modified crops, Uganda's president is now calling for additional measures to address anti-GMO activists' concerns.

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'Down and Across' is a lively YA debut starring a self-doubting teen and a crossword-puzzle lover

Iranian-American teen Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi grapples with his own insecurities and struggles to live up to his parents’ expectations.

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The irrepressibility of life

Today’s column explores how an understanding of God as indestructible, eternal Life itself brings renewal.

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'Loveless' is an encompassing indictment of Russian society

The film is an Oscar nominee for best foreign language film and is by the extraordinary Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

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Top Picks: 'American Folk,' Smithsonian Channel's 'Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp'

The film 'The Philadelphia Story' and its legendary trio of stars – Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart – returns to theaters, the automobiles of Pixar return with 'Cars 3,' and more top picks.

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Will Holder run for president in 2020?

When former Attorney General Eric Holder recently came to a Monitor Breakfast, he seemed to enjoy himself so much that he made news. 

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At crossroads of policing and murder, a long push for accountability

The game began to change in many ways in New York because of the relentless work of the city's community of activists. They are pushing for what they see is a common-sense system of transparency for officers. Part 2 of 2. 

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Beyond ticket sales: 'Black Panther' wields cultural punch

The movie is headed for a box office blitz. But it is the potential it has to elevate the role models for young people of color that has rallied donations of more than $400,000 from across the globe to help send thousands of children in the US to see it. 

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Florida school shooting: Does 'national emergency' warrant national response?

In the wake of another school shooting, Americans are grasping for a way forward. Many are calling for action from federal legislators. Others say a more distinct sense of common responsibility and communal burden may be more effective.

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An antidote to despair over yet another mass shooting

Progress to prevent large-scale violence in the US can seem slow. Yet any exasperation can be countered with gratitude toward humanity’s progress over many ills.

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In Gaza, amid warnings of an explosion, a sense of abandonment

In overcrowded Gaza, jobs, food, water, and electricity are in short supply, with warnings that a collapse is imminent. The parties that seemingly would want to make a difference – Hamas, Fatah, Israel, and Egypt – haven't.

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Albuquerque rethinks approach to often-absent elementary students

Absenteeism in the younger grades, where students largely rely on parents to get them to school, can be a product of poverty. In Albuquerque, N.M., and elsewhere, schools are starting to track attendance student-by-student to better target support.

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'Black Panther' is easily the best of the Marvel superhero movies

Director Ryan Coogler is also the co-writer of “Black Panther,” with Joe Robert Cole, and he understands better than any of the other Marvel maestros that for a superhero movie to be more than a popcorn jamboree it needs to have a purpose beyond mere cacophony and hijinks.

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McDonald's tries to shake its junk food image by slimming down Happy Meal

The Happy Meal menu will soon no longer list cheeseburgers and chocolate milk, although diners can specifically ask for them with the kid's meal. 

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Israeli police recommend Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust

The recommendations now go to the attorney general, who will review the material before deciding whether to file charges. But the  prime minister could soon find himself facing calls to step aside.

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Judge brings officials, lawyers to soon-to-be-closed homeless camp

Known for an unconventional style, the Southern California judge brought lawyers and government officials to the two-mile long riverbed encampment to talk to residents about a plan he is overseeing to move them to motel rooms and other short-term housing. 

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Discovery becomes top media sports brand in Europe

The broadcaster will cover the Olympics in multiple languages to make them more accessible for the fractured European TV industry. It is also aiming for a 'younger, hipper vibe' to make the Games more appealing and relatable.

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South African parliament elects Ramaphosa as president

Following a parliamentary vote that opposition parties boycotted, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in on Thursday. Mr. Ramaphosa is now tasked with rehabilitating his party's fractured image.

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Troubled teen charged in deadly Florida school shooting

An orphaned teenager in Parkland, Fla., open-fired in a high school with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17, in the deadliest school shooting since Newtown, Conn., in 2012.

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Amid Kashmir's unrest, girls' sports are more than a game

Young Kashmiri sportswomen are pushing boundaries in everything from rugby to karate. It's a source of both empowerment and escape in a region where opposition to Indian rule often flares into violence.

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Zuma resigns after deluge of scandals

South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation late Wednesday after mounting accusations of corruption. The South African parliament is expected to elect Zuma's replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa, by the end of the week.

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3 intriguing new science fiction titles

Three strong new sci fi releases get 2018 off to an excellent start.

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A historian asks: Do we over-idealize Main Street?

Historian and author Alice Echols began to look into a family scandal and uncovered a sprawling saga of capitalism run amok.

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