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Weekly Wrap 4.4.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus
AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was shot and killed today in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was also injured. Last year, The Atlantic published this beautiful gallery of photos from Niedringhaus, telling the country''s tragic story through her lens.

2. ''Nobody Deserves to Be Raped'' Campaign Responds to Shocking Brazilian Survey
"According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is ''dressed provocatively,'' she deserves to be ''attacked and raped.''" Here''s how social media responded.

3. Borderland
"You have no idea what people will do to reach the United States — until you hear their stories." After spending two weeks driving along the U.S.-Mexico border, NPRtells those stories in this beautiful interactive series. 

4. Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days
World Vision President Richard Stearns chatted with a few bloggers about the events of last week. "Ten thousand kids — … that was the two-day cost of their decision, a decision to hire married gay folk, a decision that was decided on last fall and leaked to Christianity Today last week. That was the cost."

5. WATCH: Slow Life
Need a reminder of the beauty of creation? Take a three-and-a-half-minute break to check out this gorgeous film of marine life under high magnification. It will brighten your day.

6. Mets Player Daniel Murphy Defends Decision to Take Paternity Leave. Yes, It''s 2014
"New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was ripped this week for, of all things, leaving his team to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child." His response, here.

7. Why I Am Troubled By ''God''s Not Dead''
"Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness."

8. How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor
"Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods — places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. … those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed."

9. Coffee Shop Christianity
This one''s for you, croissant-drunk sermonizers, you small group organizers, you slow-drip sippers blogging that $1.25 away for hours. How about some coffee shop ethics?

10. At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform
"We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho," said [Boston Cardinal Sean] O''Malley in his homily. "It is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem. We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert."

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