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With Fourth Explosion in Austin, 'Serial Bomber' Suspected

by the Web Editors 03-19-2018

Authorities maintain a cordon near the site of an incident reported as an explosion in southwest Austin, Texas, U.S. March 18, 2018. REUTERS/Tamir Kalifa

"With this tripwire, this changes things," Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio division, said. "It's more sophisticated, it's not targeted to individuals ... a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something."

Weekly Wrap 3.16.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-16-2018

1. “Hey Twitter, I'm On a Mission...”
Writer and artist Candace Jean asked Twitter to help her identify a mystery attendee at the 1971 International Conference on Biology of Whales — the only woman and only person left unnamed in a group photo, and someone the men present vaguely recalled as “an assistant.” The result: an electrifying public crowdsourcing project, and the learned histories of 3 incredible women.

2. The Koch Brothers vs. God

The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.

Students Across the Nation Walk Out of Schools to Demand Better Gun Laws

by the Web Editors 03-14-2018

Image via JP Keenan/Sojourners

There were more than 3,136 demonstrations across the country, according to the Women's March Youth Empower website.  Students and supporters in states like Florida, New York, Michigan, and Virginia walked out of their schools with signs and chants.

7,000 Shoes Placed Outside U.S. Capitol for the Children Killed by Guns Since Sandy Hook

by the Web Editors 03-13-2018

Activists install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Organized by Avaaz, a U.S.-based civic organization that emphasizes global activism, intends for the "Monument for our Kids" to put pressure on Congress to take action on gun control. Images of the striking visual have been widely shared on social media, with the hashtag #NotOneMore. 

National Geographic Admits to Past of Racist Coverage

by the Web Editors 03-13-2018

Image via JuliusKielaitis /

Mason found that the magazine virtually ignored people of color in the U.S. until the 1970s who were not laborers and domestic workers, and consistently perpetuated people of color from foreign lands as "exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages—every type of cliché."

Weekly Wrap 3.9.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-09-2018

1. 15 Remarkable Women We Overlooked in Our Obituaries
Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries: of heads of state, opera singers, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing and the namer of the Slinky. The vast majority chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just over one in five of our subjects were female. The Times’ new project, Overlooked, aims to correct that.

2. Black Girl Power: Exploring Love and Rage in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time
“Little black girls deserve a hero all their own. Someone who looks like them, worries like them, fights like them, and, in the end, saves them. While this world may demand its specific service of black heroines, black girls deserve themselves.”

Hispanic Christian Leaders Call for Congress to Protect Dreamers

by the Web Editors 03-08-2018

Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home,' a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that delayed the Trump administration's March 5 deadline, leaders from the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Esperanza, Christian Community Development Association, Bread for the World, as well as U.S. Catholic bishops referenced Matthew 25 to address the biblical calling to "treat the immigrant with dignity, respect and love, providing the same welcome that we ourselves would hope for."

Holocaust Museum Revokes Human Rights Award from Aung San Suu Kyi

by the Web Editors 03-07-2018

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi walks towards her car after arriving at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

U.N. human rights officials have said Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Since August, more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since Myanmar began systematically targeting Rohingya armed groups.

Óscar Romero to Be Made a Saint

by the Web Editors 03-07-2018

A man prays as he waits for the newly elevated Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez at the grave of Mons. OscarArnulfo Romero upon his return at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File Photo

The announcement follows past pushback by previous conservative popes who disapproved of Romero's leftist political views and liberation theology. 

Weekly Wrap 3.2.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-02-2018

9. Things Fall Apart

A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed.

10. Martin Luther King Jr. Mourns Trayvon Martin

I dreamed you whole
and growing into your own
manhood, writing its definitions
with your daily being.
I dreamed you alive, living.