the Web Editors 9-23-2020

People in Louisville, Ky., react after a decision in the criminal case against police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

“The Grand Jury determined that there is no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law caused Ms. Taylor’s death,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

the Web Editors 9-22-2020

Photo: Kari Sullivan / Unsplash

Pamela Ebstyne King believes that “[t]hrough spirituality, people potentially have access to prosocial ideals and beliefs, a community to support them, and a source of transcendence that motivates behaviors aligned with their spiritual ideals.”

the Web Editors 9-22-2020

A nurse wipes away tears as she stands outside NYU Langone Medical Center on 1st Avenue in Manhattan as New York police came to cheer and thank healthcare workers in New York City, April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY/File Photo

The United States hit another grim milestone Tuesday as the death toll from the spread of the coronavirus exceeded 200,000, by far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivers remarks during a discussion hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.

Ginsburg, who rose from a working class upbringing in New York City's borough of Brooklyn and prevailed over systematic sexism in the legal ranks to become one of America's best-known jurists, provided key votes in landmark rulings securing equal rights for women, expanding gay rights and safeguarding abortion rights.

Jenna Barnett 9-18-2020

A U.S. flag on a wooden bear outside a home that was destroyed in the aftermath of the Beachie Creek fire in Detroit, Orego. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

We’ve been running out of places to put all this smoke, all this bad, bad news. So we share it, and hope that collectively we can hold it as we fight for a more just reality.

the Web Editors 9-16-2020

Shoes stolen by Germans from Jewish children arriving at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Photo: William Warby / Unsplash

However, overall respondents conveyed a desire for compulsory education of this horrific time in history, with 64 percent of American millennials and Gen Zers expressing that Holocaust education should be compulsory in school.

Jenna Barnett 9-11-2020

While Oregon wildfires consumed nearly a million acres in just 72 hours, domestic and international powers looked for ways to alter the results of the upcoming election. But somehow, joy has also continued, mainly because it must.

the Web Editors 9-04-2020

The roots of Midwest protests, remembering Chadwick Boseman, Bob Ross's hometown, and more.

Connor Goodwin 9-01-2020

Protesters in Omaha, Nebraska demand justice for George Floyd.

“People want to start this narrative when the first building burns,” Howard told me in a phone conversation, “[but] I think it’s more useful to begin it years before. In the case of Omaha, people had been agitating to end racial discrimination as early as the 1940s.”

Meghan Gunn 8-31-2020

Founded in 1872 by the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJs) as a home for ill and retired members, Nazareth found itself among many care facilities making the difficult decision to confine residents to their rooms as the coronavirus tore through the nation in early March. Even with their efforts, the Nazareth community has lost seven Sisters and 30 residents in total to COVID-19.

the Web Editors 8-28-2020

Ongoing lament and protest again police brutality, the problem with chairs, and why 2020 is the most consequential election for Black Americans since 1868.

the Web Editors 8-21-2020

More postal service frustration, how evictions threaten the vote, Little Free Libraries in COVID, and more.

the Web Editors 8-14-2020

The U.S. postal service, brick-powered homes, Noah’s Ark, Indigenous self-determination, and more

the Web Editors 8-07-2020

Religious freedom, the Black freedom struggle, Mike Pence’s anti-abortion message, and more.

the Web Editors 7-31-2020

America’s addiction to whiteness, John Lewis, Trump’s election rhetoric, and more.

ICE detention facility in Karnes County. Public domain.

Earlier this month, a California judge ordered the release of more than 100 migrant children from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, but after ICE failed to meet specific prerequisites to release the children, the judge declared her order was “unenforceable,” leaving children in detention.

LaTesha Harris 7-30-2020

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President Donald Trump still supports Anthony Tata, his pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, despite the abrupt cancellation of Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearing for the divisive nominee.

Andrew J. Wight 7-28-2020

Members of the Pastoral Land Commission (Comissão Pastoral da Terra, CPT), a Catholic land rights organization linked to the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil. Photo courtesy of  Comissão Pastoral da Terra, CPT.

More than 200 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2019 according to the report released by Global Witness this week. Colombia topped the country rankings with 64 deaths, while Latin America continued its 8-year run as the worst-hit region, accounting for two-thirds of global deaths.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands between Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General Bill Barr to announce his administration's effort to gain citizenship data during the 2020 census at an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Tuesday that would prevent migrants who are in the United States without documentation from being counted when U.S. congressional voting districts are redrawn in the next round of redistricting.

LaTesha Harris 7-21-2020
Federal agents deployed in Portland

Federal law enforcement officers, deployed under the Trump administration's new executive order to protect federal monuments and buildings, face off with protesters against racial inequality and police violence in Portland, Oregon, U.S., July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

“As a community, we will resist such unconstitutional action by any morally rooted means we deem necessary,” said Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. “We are a city of grit, grind and resistance, unafraid to speak truth to power.”