Weekly Wrap 2.9.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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By the Web Editors 2-09-2018

1. We Will Not Bow Down
“I serve one who was born in the time of another narcissistic maniac named Caesar. They hung him high, they stretched him wide, but that brown-skinned Palestinian Jew, that revolutionary, didn’t bow and neither can we.” — Rev. William Barber II

2. FEMA Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered

“It appears that the Trump Administration’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico in 2017 suffered from the same flaws as the Bush Administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” wrote Representatives Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Stacey E. Plaskett, the nonvoting delegate from the United States Virgin Islands. (from the New York Times.)

3. Bresha Meadows, Teen Imprisoned for Shooting Abusive Father, Returns Home

Her case garnered national headlines, provoking questions about the criminal justice system and the criminalization of black women and girls.

4. How ‘The Good Place’ Gets People Thinking About God

Two seasons in, The Good Place offers plenty of conversation prompts about the afterlife.

5. The Christian’s Responsibility on ‘Day Zero’

Cape Town is running out of water — May 11 is the current forecast for Day Zero.

6. The Algorithm That Can Resettle Refugees

The hardest part of automating this kind of extremely high-stakes human decision-making: determining what a computer should prioritize, and in what order.”

7. What I Learned After Spending Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories

“I don’t buy that journalism should act simply as society’s mirror. Yes, it tells us about the world as it is, but it also pushes us toward a world that could be. It is about speaking truth to power, giving voice to the voiceless. And it is a profession that actively benefits from seeking out fresh perspectives and voices, instead of simply asking the same small cadre of well-trod names for their opinions.”

8. The Energy Department Expects No Decline in America’s Carbon Emissions by 2050

But don’t lose hope — Americans can still do something to sway this!

9. The Complicated, Exhilarating Process of Creating Wakanda for Black Panther

“We got to create this world and we wanted to root it as close to real-world Africa as possible. And so it was really world-building in its truest form.”

10. Building a Latino-Muslim Coalition with #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque

Brilliant.

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