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Born and raised in Colombia, Diana, Maria Fernanda (Mafe) and Duby all arrived in the U.S. at different stages in their lives. They talk about the meaning of home and what the holidays have been like for them since they each left.

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Colleges and school districts are finally acknowledging the unique set of challenges rural students must overcome.

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These change-makers are shifting the paradigm by teaching their kids and others about the stock market and how to invest and save — with hopes of placing financial power in the hands of Black and other underrepresented communities. Here’s what they’re doing.

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Johns Hopkins researchers are using a 1960s-era music lineup, replete with mostly classical and instrumental pieces, as part of their study into how the chemical compound in ‘magic mushrooms’ can treat adults with severe depression.

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James Ransome and his wife Lesa are both children’s book writers, though James is more widely known for illustrating dozens of books. He recently won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators: for a painting on the cover of a book about Black artists.

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Bookstores bind patrons as well as their owners

Across the country, women who operate independent establishments nurture the communities they serve. The same is true for the fierce connections they’ve forged with each other.

Casinos make dollars and sense for small towns in Colorado

Three rural cities are flush with cash for historic preservation and infrastructure improvements. But with profits came rising property values, along with the loss of landmark buildings and cultural identity.

Is there a price to pay for ditching junk food?

Scientists have debated whether people can become addicted to highly processed, fattening foods. The latest study says people who cut back on highly processed, fattening food experience intense withdrawal symptoms that last two to five days.

Activists rally against 'fixing' infants' bodies

Cosmetic surgery to alter genitalia took hold in the 20th century. The nonconsensual operations on children continue today, even as the outcry against them grows and some hospitals abandon the procedures.

Ghost kitchens are more than delivery services

While commissary kitchens have been around for years, the pandemic and food delivery have transformed where those meals are prepared. Now known as cloud kitchens or ghost kitchens, startups and hotels have jumped onto this growing trend.

NFL seeks to score in the startup game

NFL owners are targeting more of their funding toward health and injury-prevention startups. And startups are responding in kind.

At American flag-making outposts, there's work to be done

In times of tranquility or turmoil, production of Stars and Stripes soars – aided, in part, by machinery.

Gaelynn Lea's pandemic year of music and activism

When the singer-songwriter and disability rights advocate from Duluth, Minn., saw how Covid-19 was disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, she decided to raise her voice and do something about it in her hometown.

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With every stitch, makers of corsets persevere

For those who craft these intricate, prized garments, the pandemic initially stifled business. However, purveyors in this niche have managed to thrive with a renewed outlook for growth.

The gift of my grandmother’s songs

How the songs my grandmother would sing shed light on my lineage, culture, and family traditions

A torn ACL and the new life that came with it

Bailee Bracken found her passion for volleyball during high school. But in September 2019, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament while diving for a ball. Bracken says the injury changed her life and brought about an epiphany.

Women in music take lead in the executive ranks

More women are making major moves and pushing for much needed change in the music industry.

Newlyweds produced award-winning film on immigration while on their honeymoon

Instead of spending money on a fancy trip, novice documentary filmmakers Michelle Nuñez and Raymond Remo traveled to Mexico to produce their first film, “El Pinche Gringo and the Barbecue Diplomacy.”

‘SecondActWomen’ share advice on starting a business and pivoting in midlife

Searching for a new career path can be a daunting task for women over 50. ‘SecondActWomen’ helps women start companies, change careers and stay employed.

A Black mother contemplates the future she envisions for her son

In the wake of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, Shannon Gibney wonders how her son will impact change.

Virtual visits: a good change for incarcerated families?

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has instituted video visitations. Some feel this could be a lower cost and a more humane way to connect incarcerated people with loved ones and aid reintegration with the outside world, but others worry it could end in-person visits.