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The Top 10 Stories of July 16, 2013

Quote of the day.
"It changes the narrative. It’s the last thing they expect to hear from someone in this uniform, and it’s the last thing the enemy would tell them." Major Dawud Agbere, Muslim U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan, on his counseling Afghan soldiers to work together for their country, rather than to dwell on ethnic and tribal divisions.
(McClatchy News)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 15, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Low-income folks will often buy foods that are calorie-dense. We want to try to nudge them in the direction of farmers markets and purchasing healthy, less-processed foods. This is part of that strategy." Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the USDA, on efforts to provide farmers markets with wireless debit card machines so they can accept SNAP cards.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 12, 2013

Quote of the day.
"We should treat them differently because they are different. They've had different experiences. And in most instances, we've sent them into harm's way." U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner, who started the federal veteran's court in Salt Lake City, on why the program is invaluable for addressing the unique needs of veterans.
(San Francisco Chronicle/AP)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 11, 2013

Quote of the day.
"It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car; you can't do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world." Pope Francis, speaking to a group of young priests and nuns.
(Reuters)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 10, 2013

Quote of the day.
“There is always a threat of something going wrong. There is always the threat of being injured and, God forbid, being killed in the line of duty. It is a fact we all accept.” Prescott, Ariz. Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, at a memorial service for nineteen firefighters killed in a wildfire who had worked under his command.
(Arizona Republic)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 9, 2013

Quote of the day.
“It has reached a point where Band-Aids and baling wire are just not quite enough.” Steve Nagle, Missouri Parks Association president, on challenges of keeping parks open as states put off upkeep due to budget shortfalls.
(Kansas City Star/McClatchy)
 

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The Top 10 Stories of July 8, 2013

Quote of the day.
“This is a pride for us, that this is led by women. … Even if I don’t reach that day when the Sahara is independent, I am completely convinced that the next generation is going to live the day of independence.” Aminatou Haidar, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the most recognizable face of Western Sahara’s nationalist movement for independence from Morocco, in which women have taken a prominent role.
(Washington Post)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 5, 2013

Quote of the day.
"Faith teaches us to see that every man and woman represents a blessing for me, that the light of God''s face shines on me through the faces of my brothers and sisters." Pope Francis, in his first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), which completed a first draft written by Pope Benedict XVI.
(Catholic News Service)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 3, 2013

Quote of the day.
“If I made someone squirm, then so be it. Sango UMC is not going to be a congregation that talks about issues and solutions. We are going to be part of the solutions to the problems we face in our community. We are going to get our hands dirty as we live like Jesus and help others.” Rev. Willie Lyle, newly-appointed pastor of Sango United Methodist Church, Clarksville Tenn., who spent the week before his first sermon living on the street to experience homelessness.
(The (Nashville) Tennessean)

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The Top 10 Stories of July 2, 2013

Quote of the day.
“They are literally hurting people, and it is wrong. It’s about violating people’s deepest moral values. Even when you have a majority, you’re not allowed to violate moral values.” Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, on the “Moral Monday” protests against budget and benefit cuts being made by the state legislature.
(New York Times)

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