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Utah Media Competitors Unite On Great Salt Lake Project
When the Great Salt Lake sank to its lowest levels on record, a group of Utah journalists were busy looking for hope. They formed the Great Salt Lake Collaborative to invest in a solutions-driven approach to covering the health and environmental conc
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Outgunned, Ukrainians Watch Congress While Facing Russians
The Ukrainian soldiers burrow into their musty underground bunker, waiting at dawn for target coordinates to fire their 105 mm artillery gun. Russian drones have been active overhead, and two incoming Russian shells had come their way. But the main t
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Beijing And Washington Don’t Trust Each Other – Maybe That’s OK
In the spring of 2019, Matt Pottinger, then the Asia director for the National Security Council, was working at his office in the White House when a rare document caught his attention. A secret speech delivered by Chinese leader Xi Jinping to China’s
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Race Fees Can Be Costly. This Group Makes Running More Accessible.
The runners arrive just after 8 o’clock on a frosty Saturday morning. They greet each other with a hug and a kiss on both cheeks before retying their shoes, adjusting their hats, and synchronizing GPS signals on their watches. This is team Stride for
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Amid Post-election Chaos, New Government Takes Shape In Pakistan
It was hoped that the 2024 general election would produce the kind of stable government necessary for Pakistan to begin dealing with its myriad problems. Yet almost two weeks after voters went to the polls, the country of 240 million finds itself on
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The Light Navalny Left To Russia
Recent protests in the United States, Israel, and Iran have been notable for being leaderless. Held together mainly by civic values spread on social media, they were able to draw greater attention to their message than a messianic leader. This is now
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After Navalny’s Death, A ‘Reagan Republican’ Comes To Breakfast
Moments before our breakfast with Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the news broke: Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny had died in prison, according to Russian state media. Chairman McCaul, a 10-term Republican from Texas, ha
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Tapping Ingenuity In Rural Farmers
For decades, one of the world’s lesser-known food agencies, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), provided grants and loans to small-scale rural farmers who grew mainly three grains: wheat, rice, and maize. Then as climate chang
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New Leader Wants To ‘Clean Up’ Poland. Does Public Trust Him To Do So?
When Donald Tusk formed a centrist coalition government in December to govern Poland, he finally received a chance to realize his campaign promise to “clean up” the country “with an iron broom.” The previous right-wing government had turned inward an
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When The Stakes Are Literally Life And Death
In 25 years as a journalist, I've hardly ever had people cry during interviews. That was before I reported this week's cover story about how some Oklahomans are reevaluating the death penalty. During my trip to the Sooner State, I interviewed three p
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In India, What Wreaks More Havoc Than Floods And Heat? Lightning.
In a small village in Jharkhand, India, 36 children were playing cricket when the skies turned gray and thunder rolled. Eight scrambled into a nearby culvert, and the rest took refuge under a tree. That tree was struck by lightning in minutes.  Many
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Why Oklahoma’s Tough-on-crime Lawmakers No Longer Trust Death Penalty
Inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Phillip Hancock has eaten his final meal. Fried chicken from KFC, no sides. It’s the last day of November. He’s due to be executed at 10 a.m.  Outside the prison known as Big Mac, 11 anti-death penalty proteste
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GOP’s Michael McCaul Sees Path To ‘Yes’ On House Aid For Ukraine
Republican congressional supporters of Ukraine – and of getting billions more in U.S. military assistance to the besieged European democracy ASAP – are in a quandary.  How can they heal the divides in the House Republican majority over Ukraine in sho
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With Navalny’s Death, Russia’s Opposition Loses Its Last Leader
Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best-known and most indefatigable Kremlin opposition figure who died in an Arctic penal colony Friday under as yet unknown circumstances, might best be viewed as the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” of Russian politics. M
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African Renewal In Artistic Expression
In the 30 years since it was torn apart by an ethnic genocide, the tiny nation of Rwanda in central Africa has sought to be a model of reconciliation, forward economic thinking, and – lately – leadership in the global transition to green energy. Now
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East Palestine Crash Prompted Rail Safety Bill. Why It Stalled.
When the news broke last February that a train carrying 100,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals had derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, sending black plumes into the sky for days, lawmakers on Capitol Hill sprang into action. Less than one month later,
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A Jazzy New Biography Unfurls Ella Fitzgerald’s Life And Career
As an aspiring performer, a teenage Ella Fitzgerald competed in the famed Harlem Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in New York. She had intended to dance, but when the act preceding hers was a dance number, Fitzgerald made a last-minute decision to
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A Clear Light For Latin America
Located at the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a major point for drug transit by organized crime. Its democracy is less than three decades old. And lately it has felt the spillover effects of violent chaos in Haiti, its island neigh
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She Fled The Taliban, But Leads Efforts To Help Educate Afghan Girls
When the U.S. military officially withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021, evacuation coordinators quickly drew up a list of individuals eligible for humanitarian parole: Afghan citizens who had cooperated with NATO in the past and those who worked
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President Lincoln Has Long Provided Wisdom. What Can He Offer Today?
More than any other American president, Abraham Lincoln has been considered a source of wisdom for subsequent generations. New books on Lincoln reliably appear every February to coincide with Presidents Day, joining an already vast library. This year
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No More Amateur Hour: How Dartmouth Ruling Could Change College Sports
A rule change for basketball players at Dartmouth College could be a harbinger of things to come in college sports.  Last week, an official with the National Labor Relations Board, which governs private sector businesses, ruled that members of the me
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A Beaver Project In England Offers Lessons In Coexistence
There’s a site in Cornwall, in southern England, called Woodland Valley Farm. Here, farmer Chris Jones allows beavers to roam in an enclosed five-acre plot. Their natural dams, he says, have helped control repeated flooding of the downstream village.
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Gaza: Why Distrust Of UN Has Deepened At A Moment Of Greatest Need
To the Israelis, the United Nations has betrayed them. To the Palestinians, the United Nations is abandoning them. Israeli officials allege that 12 members of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the primary U.N. body supporting Palestinian re
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Europe Casts Wary Eye As Americans Debate Engagement With World
When Donald Trump recently suggested he would encourage Russia to attack financially “delinquent” U.S. allies in Europe if he returned to the White House, President Joe Biden reacted strongly. “It’s un-American!” he fumed. But is it really? That’s th
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In Pictures: Indigenous Women Guard Against Illegal Mining In Ecuador
The Indigenous peoples who live around the Napo and Jatunyacu rivers in the Ecuadorian Amazon have served as stewards of one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems for thousands of years. So it was with dismay that they watched both legal and illega
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In The Philippines, Jeepneys Rule The Road. But For How Much Longer?
Metal dragons roam the streets of Manila.  They came here decades ago from North America, and have since evolved into something uniquely Philippine. Every day, millions of people hop on and off the ornate beasts, derived from surplus World War II U.S
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Americans Feel Better On Economy. It’s Taken A While.
The paradox has gone on for so long that it has become a cliché: If the economy is so good, why do Americans feel so bad? This dourness even acquired a name: the “vibecession.” But the bad vibes are dissipating, and optimism has returned. On Friday,
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Why Boston’s Wealthy Back Bay Said Yes, In Our Backyard
Garry Monteiro pauses and looks down, twiddling his thumbs. He contemplates the biggest change to his life last year. There’s a glint in his eye that wasn’t there before. “To be honest with you, the refrigerator was a big deal,” Mr. Monteiro chuckles
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Amid War, Civilians’ Power Of Innocence
Asma Mustafa, a Palestinian English teacher in Gaza, has been dislocated three times by war during the four months since a brutal Hamas attack on Israeli civilians. She and her family now live in a tent in Rafah, the enclave’s southernmost city, amid
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Can Soccer Help El Salvador Turn From Terror To Trust?
There are two soccer fields just 10 minutes apart on foot in this small community east of San Salvador. One sits in the “upper” part of town, the other in the “lower.” And for more than a decade, neighbors from one side would not dare cross into the
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