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6:50am

Sat June 27, 2015
U.S.

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 8:02 am

Former band student Rosalee Talahongva in front of her old music building, which is being turned into a Native American cultural center.
Christopher Livesay NPR

From 1891 until 1990, just shy of a century, Phoenix Indian School boarded students from Navajo, Apache and other tribes across the Southwest.

Patty Talahongva is a Hopi who went to Phoenix Indian until 1979. By then, attendance was voluntary. That wasn't the case for generations of students before her.

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6:22am

Sat June 27, 2015
Photography

What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:12 am

"Amanda and her Cousin Amy": Mary Ellen Mark photographed Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (right), and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8, in Valdese, N.C., in 1990.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Library

A good photograph can speak volumes about its subjects, yet still leave you wanting to know more.

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6:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Simon Says

Little Baggies Of Bigotry Broadcast A Hateful Message — Paired With Candy

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

In the week since the Charleston church shooting, fliers advocating for the Ku Klux Klan, paired with candy and bigoted screeds, have turned up on lawns throughout the U.S., including this one in Rockdale County, Ga.
Rockdale County Sheriff's Department

There has been an outpouring of grief and sympathy since the shootings in Charleston, S.C., and calls for Americans to examine our minds and hearts.

But this week, in several spots around the country, little bags of candy have been left with harsh and hateful messages.

In Orange County, Calif., Tuscaloosa County, Ala., Rockdale County, Ga., and several other places — including, reportedly, Texas and New York state — someone, some group or groups of people, have left Ku Klux Klan fliers folded into small plastic baggies with candy.

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6:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Around the Nation

National Cathedral Should Not Be Stained With Confederate Flag, Dean Says

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 am

A glass window at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., shows Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The dean of the cathedral has called for its removal.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The Confederate stars and bars have been taken down from flagpoles and store shelves all over the country this week. Calls for their removal follow the June 17 shooting of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

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6:11am

Sat June 27, 2015
Health

Puerto Rico's Monkey Island Lures Scientists For Generations

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 8:30 pm

Family means a lot on Cayo Santiago, an island and monkey research colony off the coast of Puerto Rico. The colony of rhesus macaques living on the island since the 1930s has allowed scientists to trace kinship ties and effects across an extended community.
Anders Kelto/NPR

Imagine you're on a tropical island in the Caribbean. There are coconut trees, rocky cliffs, blue-green waters. But now, imagine there are hundreds of monkeys on this island. And, these monkeys have a disease that could kill you, if you're not careful. What you're picturing is a real-life island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The island of Cayo Santiago hosts the oldest research center in the world for wild primates. Scientists from all over the world come to the island to study questions of primate behavior, cognition and ecology.

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