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The schools superintendent in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was meeting parents this month when a mother broke down in tears, explaining that she was undocumented. What would the school do, she asked, if she became separated from her children?

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For African American families, there comes a time when parents have to give their children "The Talk" - not about the birds and the bees, but about the dangers and responsibilities of being black in America. When their son was 12 years old, Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood, th…

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One photo shows Fredzania Thompson posing confidently in her high heels, smiling as she stood between two train tracks. In another, the 19-year-old aspiring model is seen sitting in the middle of the adjacent tracks with one leg outstretched and a serious, intense gaze into the camera.

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UPDATE: The A&E show 'Cold Case Files,' which had rescheduled an episode featuring a McDowell murder case, has again been postponed. We were forwarded the following email statement today: "AETV has made some changes. AE is going through a reboot of the Cold Case Files series, meaning thi…

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President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calls for massive cuts to federally funded research. The leaders of the scientific and medical establishment woke up to that startling news Thursday morning and quickly fired off statements of protest and alarm. This budget, they collectively warned,…

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The theme of this year's International Women's Day, a holiday now more than a century old, is "Be Bold For Change." It's a message intended to push people toward concrete action on gender equality. Here are the stories of five women from around the world who are doing just that in their comm…