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The Top 10 Stories of May 15, 2013

Quote of the day.
"I know kids look up to me, but I don''t want to be known as just a baseball player. God gave me the opportunity and blessed me to accomplish good things in this sport. But if you don''t do something with it and help people with blessings you received, what does that really mean?” Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals'' All-Star right fielder, on why he spends time off working with underprivileged kids and visiting young cancer patients.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 14, 2013

Quote of the day.

"Our research predicts that climate change will greatly reduce the diversity of even very common species found in most parts of the world. This loss of global-scale biodiversity would significantly impoverish the biosphere and the ecosystem services it provides." Dr. Rachel Warren, University of East Anglia's (UK) school of environmental science, on a study she led showing that common land animals could see dramatic losses this century because of climate change.
(Guardian)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 13, 2013

Quote of the day.
‘‘I can’t pretend it’s not difficult to be reviled and maligned. But any time you can reach across the divide and work with people that are not like you, that’s what God calls us to do.’’ Martha Mullen, on why she helped to arrange the burial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev at a small Islamic cemetery in rural Virginia.
(Boston Globe/AP)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 10, 2013

Quote of the day.
“The growth of this entire thing has been quite organic. People are upset that their wages are low and their working conditions are bad. The divide between rich and poor has gotten greater and people have decided that there has to be more equality.” Rev. Charles Williams Jr., a leader in the group organizing protests by fast-food workers in Detroit over low wages.
(Washington Post)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 9, 2013

Quote of the day.
“In the clothing industry, everybody wears it every day, but we have no idea where it comes from. People are starting to slowly clue in to this notion of where products are made.” Michael Preysman, chief executive and founder of Everlane, an online boutique, which is adding to its website photographs of factories where that clothing is made and information about the production.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 8, 2013

Quote of the day.
"This is the first hopeful news concerning that unhappy country in a very long time. The statements made in Moscow constitute a very significant first step forward. It is nevertheless only a first step." Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, on a U.S.-Russian agreement to convene an international conference to find a political solution in that country.
(BBC)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 7, 2013

Quote of the day.
"The challenges are enormous. It's rare to have so many catastrophic injuries that require compensation. Solomon himself would have problems with this." Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator distributing more than $28 million in contributions raised for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on assessing needs and disbursing the money.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 6, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Sometimes, when what is officially the law is wrong, you try to get the law changed. But if you can’t, you break it.” Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, a minister in the United Methodist Church and a retired dean of Yale Divinity School, who is facing a possible canonical trial for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 3, 2013

 Quote of the day.
“The future of Islam here in Mali rests on many things, and it is threatened. We need a stable government, a functioning democracy and an end to illiteracy so that people can actually read the Qu''ran for themselves. Our Islam needs to continue to be an Islam of tolerance or we will all be pushed towards violence." Shiekh Thiermo Thiam, head of the Sufi Tidjania sect in Mali, on the threat of extremist ideologies to a tradition of religious tolerance.
(Guardian)

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The Top 10 Stories of May 2, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Not paying a just wage, not giving work, only because one is looking at the bottom line, at the budget of the company, seeking only profit - that is against God." Pope Francis, at an audience on the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker. 
(Catholic News Service)

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