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The Top 10 Stories of April 17, 2013

Quote of the day.
"As we come into springtime, there is a bit less focus on the issue of hunger. Fighting Hunger Together is intended to remind people that the demand is the same all year long." Bob Aiken, president of Feeding America, which is launching its second annual April food drive in cooperation with a growing number of food companies.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 16, 2013

Quote of the day.
“The two things that struck me the most were the incredible calm of the victims, even though they were obviously ­experiencing something no ­human being should ever have to experience. Incredibly calm and able to help us take care of them.” Dr. Ron Walls, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
(Boston Globe)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 15, 2013

Quote of the day.
“What most people don’t understand is the high cost of war. When we send people to war, we have to understand that it’s not just the guns and planes and ammunition. It means taking care of the people who come back.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) on why he is passionate about his new role as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
(Washington Post)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 11, 2013

Quote of the day.
“It was obvious, Father said, that we must either steal food or slowly starve. And in that dangerous enterprise we must have the help of some power beyond ourselves. So, standing before us all, he said a prayer to St. Dismas, the Good Thief, who was crucified at the right hand of Jesus, asking for his aid. I’ll never doubt the power of prayer again.” Mike Dowe, 85, a prisoner of war during the Korean War, speaking of Father Emil Kapaun, who died in 1951 in a North Korean prison and is being awarded the Medal of Honor today for his ministry to fellow POWs.
(Washington Post and Saturday Evening Post)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 10, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Our concerns really are around making sure that the path to citizenship is clear and expeditious and isn't tethered to anything like enforcement." Kica Matos, director of immigration rights at the Center for Community Change, one of the organizers of the National Rally for Citizenship taking place today at the Capitol.
(Reuters)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 9, 2013

Quote of the day.
"We don't need more guns. We need people who can build relationships with young people." Judith Brown Diannis of the Advancement Project, a coalition of civil rights groups that supports a coalition of young people from across the nation in opposing more armed guards in schools.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 8, 2013

Quote of the day.
“A whole civilization belonging to all humanity is being destroyed.” Dr. Paolo Matthiae, an archaeologist who has worked at the ancient Syrian city of Ebla on what is happening to the site in the ongoing fighting.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 5, 2013

Quote of the day.
“There will be people all over the world today who are now scared witless.” Richard Murphy, research director for Tax Justice Network, a British-based organization, on the leak of 2.5 million files detailing the offshore bank accounts and shell companies of wealthy individuals and tax-averse companies.
(New York Times)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 4, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores, and thereby speed the day when ‘every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.’" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated 45 years ago today.
(A Time to Break Silence)

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The Top 10 Stories of April 3, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Finally we have seen the governments of the world come together and say ‘Enough!’ It is time to stop the poorly regulated arms trade. It is time to bring the arms trade under control.”  Anna MacDonald, head of arms control for Oxfam International, on the passage yesterday of the Arms Trade Treaty.
(New York Times)

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