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West Bank woes after Jerusalem declared Israeli capital

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“God is weeping,” declared South African Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

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Boucherie, a Louisiana holiday food tradition

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In Louisiana, there wasn’t any turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas; however, the local custom celebrated is the Boucherie, or the cutting of the pig.

It is an annual tradition in Louisiana where communities come together to kill, skin and butcher fattened hogs. The various pieces of pork are divided then households cook succulent dishes. The fete last for several days as members visit each other’s homes to celebrate.

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Southern California wildfires threaten affluent neighborhoods

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University of California, Los Angeles, the Getty Museum and Dr. Dre all have one thing in common—blazes from several major fires threaten to burn their homes and businesses.

Reports show hillsides cascading in intense flames along the highway and into affluent neighborhoods on the west side of Los Angeles, as a freak wildfire burns out-of-contrl. People woke up to ash covering their cars and lawns as emergency workers attempt to temper fires.

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Pop-Up entrepreneurs bring balance to art industry, stimulate local economy

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The concept of a starving artist seemed problematic for Adrienne Johnson and Melody Short — especially when in 2013 the art market generated about US $64 billion. Both self-professed art aficionados see creatives as those who feed the souls of people. But, who feeds artists?

They began to tackle that question in 2011 when they launched ARTisan Café. Four years later, Johnson and Short’s startup is a template for cities to grow their economy using artists — and in turn, ARTisan Café operates as an incubator helping artists become more entrepreneurial.

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Updated: popular senator resigns

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U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) announces Thursday, December 7 that he will resign.

He was asked to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Democrats and Republicans call for his resignation. 35 senators, most of them Democrats and women, and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Tom Perez) call for him to step down. Recently, eight women detailed Franken’s inappropriate actions before and after winning a Senate seat in Minnesota’s 2009 elections. He is married with two children.

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Bait-and-switch, study shows Amazon fudges Whole Food prices

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When announced its takeover of Whole Foods, it followed with slashing prices of some of the most purchased items such as avocadoes and eggs.

In the following months, Chuck Grom, an analyst at Gordon Haskett Research Advisors says that the new low prices do not reflect the overall pricing of stores. In fact, the cost of shopping there has actually risen 1 percent.

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Britain’s first black-owned cigar line

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Between daily trainings as a professional athlete and formulating his own beard oil, Mike Edwards hand-rolls cigars for his company, AIREYYS, the first black-owned cigar line in England.

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Equal employment opportunity commission goes digital, finally

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives about 10,000 complaints annually. Up until recently, processing claims were by phone calls, in-person office visits and snail mail, which created a backlog in the tens-of-thousands.

With the onslaught of sexual misconduct reports, the federal government announcing that it is going digital provides some relief for claims handlers and those who file.

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Educator diversity is low in NYC; a nationwide issue

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Educator diversity in New York City schools is disturbingly low says The Educator Trust-New York.

According to the organization, Latino and Black students represent 43 percent of New York State’s K-12 enrollment, yet only 16 percent of the state’s teachers are Latino or Black.

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Newark works to curb gentrification, long road ahead

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Working to curb gentrification, Newark’s City Council adopted inclusionary zoning ordinance mandating new projects with 30 or more residential units to set aside 20% affordable housing.

The city’s mayor, Ras Baraka has been pushing for more inclusionary policies from developers transforming the city with commercial and residential property that the average long-time resident cannot pay.

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