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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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The Top 10 Stories of July 1, 2013

Quote of the day.
"In normal circumstances, when you're digging fire lines, you make sure you have a good escape route, and you have a safety zone set up. Evidently, their safety zone wasn't big enough, and the fire just overtook them. By the time the other firefighters got in, they didn't survive." Art Morrison, Arizona State Forestry Commission, on the deaths of 19 firefighters in a wildfire in central Arizona. 
(Reuters)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 27, 2013

Quote of the day.
"This bill has some really tough spots. Certain parts of the movement don't feel it's part of the price of admission. But winning legislation that's bipartisan means that not everybody is going to be happy." Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, after a “border surge” plan was added to immigration reform legislation.
(USA Today)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 26, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in her dissenting opinion on the Voting Rights Act decision by the Supreme Court.
(Supreme Court)

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The Top 10 Stories of June 25, 2013

Quote of the day.
“Rather than having ended the racial class system, we have simply revised it by targeting black men through the war on drugs and decimated communities of color in the United States. … I believe a movement will emerge in the United States, and the question is will people of faith be leaders or will they be on the sidelines waiting for others.” Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, speaking to the American Baptist Churches USA national meeting on a budding movement to end mass incarceration.
(Associated Baptist Press)

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