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Weekly Wrap 1.24.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him a 'Thug'
The day after the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers — and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave his now-infamous sideline interview with Erin Andrews — the word "thug" was spoken 625 times on U.S. television. Sherman tells us why that's a problem. 

2. What We Can and Can't Know About Our Babies Before They Are Born
We can tell gender, possible genetic defects, even see 3D images of babies in utero. But that's only part of the story. Ellen Painter Dollar offers a beautiful reflection on her experience.

3. Victim of Sex Trafficking in U.S. Tells Her Story
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has the story of one woman caught up in the often overlooked epidemic of sex trafficking right in our own backyard. *Caution: adult language  

4. The Art of Presence
New York Times columnist David Brooks reflects on a story told on the Sojourners blog — a story of trauma, recovery, response, and the importance of being present when trauma enters the lives of loved ones.

5. Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher in U.S. Than Two Decades Age
But: The United States remains among the most difficult industrialized nation to move up the economic ladder. See the NPR report at the link.

6. 40 Must-See Photos From the Past
This stunning photo set offers an interesting glimpse into the past — from times of war to the advent of women's bathing suits, to the sadness of Prohibition.

7. What Really Happened When a U.S. Drone Hit a Yemeni Wedding Convoy?
“Whatever we do, they will never look at us as human beings,” said Dahabiya, the elderly mother of one victim, a cousin of the groom, who left a wife and six children. “We end up with wounds they cannot see."

8. 10 Things You Can't SAY While Following Jesus
If you've ever been frustrated by "Everything Happens for a Reason," this listicle is for you.

9. South Sudan Factions Sign Cease-Fire
After more than five weeks of fighting during which thousands have been killed, warring factions in the fledgling country of South Sudan have announced a cease-fire.

10. The Myth of the Absent Black Father
From the report: "Although black fathers are more likely to live separately from their children — the statistic that’s usually trotted out to prove the parenting 'crisis' — many of them remain just as involved in their kids’ lives. Pew estimates that 67 percent of black dads who don’t live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59 percent of white dads and just 32 percent of Hispanic dads."

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