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Blinded by Privilege in 1968 - When I Heard MLK was Assassinated

We'd just arrived. Long trip. Hadn't planned ahead. We'd just hopped in the Chevy and left because that's what college students did; they just took off to Florida at spring break. We wanted to be among 'em.

It was April, 1968. I was a college sophomore who thought himself already more worldly-wise than most of my clean-cut peers at the Christian college I attended, but I was looking to be more than that by getting lost in the annual orgy of fun down South.

We left the far...

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Sioux City, A Shared History

The Standing Bear Story Omnibus

To be sure, there was a good reason for the Poncas to cut the deal they did with the strange emissary who showed up one day from Washington. He’d come to let them know that “the Great Father” wanted the Poncas to move from their homeland on the Missouri River, to Indian Country, what would become Oklahoma, to a place where, he claimed, they’d be safe from raids by larger and more warlike neighbors. That argument was, for the Ponca, not total garbage. The Poncas were warriors, but they were...

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President Trump has pardoned his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was indicted for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of people in an online campaign to raise funds for a southern border wall — part of a flurry of acts and clemency in the final hours of his administration.

The lengthy list of pardons landed after midnight. Trump is slated to leave the White House for the last time early Wednesday morning, skipping the inaugural ceremonies of his successor President-elect Joe Biden.

Hall of Fame pitcher and long-time baseball announcer Don Sutton died Monday night in his sleep at the age of 75.

His son Daron Sutton wrote on Twitter of his father, "He worked as hard as anyone I've ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect."

Sutton's 23-year Major League Baseball career started with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966. He remained with the franchise until 1980 and would later return in 1988 for his last season.

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Macallimiinta Nebraska iyo shaqaalaha kaashka cuna waxay ka walwalayaan inay waqti dheer ku qaadanayso shaqaalaha muhiimka ah inay helaan tallaalka COVID-19 hadda kooxda xigta ee dadka la tallaalayo waxaa ku jira qof kasta oo 65 iyo wixii ka weyn ah. Hogaamiye urur waxbarasho ayaa sheegay in macalimiinta ay ka niyad jabeen maqalka in aysan toogan doonin ilaa iyo Maarso ugu horayn.

Aid agencies report swarms of locusts have been descending on farms in northern Kenya, destroying crops and even leaving pastures bare of vegetation.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in a regional update on the pests says swarms have been detected this week in seven counties in Kenya compared to just four a week ago.

Across the Horn of Africa locust invasions have reached dangerous levels in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, according to the FAO.

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Oromo News 01/19/2021

Barsiisonni Nebraska fi hojattooni meatpacking talaali Covid-19 hojattooni umriin isaani deeme umrii waggaa 65 ol ta’an kan jalqaba kennamu yoo tau hojattoota maraan wal gahuuf akka turu malu himan. Namni hojattoota barumsaa tokko marfee kana March as akka argachuu hin dandeenef baaye gadde.

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The months-long investigation into allegations that Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina engaged in insider trading has been closed by the Justice Department and it will not pursue any charges, the GOP senator announced on Tuesday.

"Tonight, the Department of Justice informed me that it has concluded its review of my personal financial transactions conducted early last year. The case is now closed," Burr said in a statement.

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Amharic News 01/19/2021  

የነብራስካ አስተማሪዎች እና የስጋ ማሸጊያ ሰራተኞች አሁን ለሚቀጥሉት ሰዎች ክትባት የሚሰጠው ቡድን 65 እና ከዚያ በላይ የሆኑ ሰዎችን ሁሉ ያካተተ በመሆኑ አሁን አስፈላጊ ለሆኑ ሰራተኞች የ COVID-19 ክትባቱን ለማግኘት ብዙ ጊዜ እንደሚወስድባቸው ይጨነቃሉ ፡፡ አንድ የትምህርት ማህበር መሪ መምህራን እስከ መጋቢት መጀመሪያ ድረስ ጥይት እንደማያገኙ መስማታቸው ቅር እንዳላቸው ተናግረዋል ፡፡

አንዳንድ የደቡብ ዳኮታ አንዳንድ የጤና አጠባበቅ አቅራቢዎች በገጠር አካባቢዎች ተጋላጭ ለሆኑ ሰዎች በችኮላ ወደ ኋላ እንዲቀር ያስጠነቅቃሉ ፡፡ ሳውዝ ዳኮታ በአገሪቱ ውስጥ ከፍተኛ መጠን ካሉት ውስጥ አንዱ የሆነውን 6.5% ህዝብ ክትባት ሰጥቷል ፡፡ ግዛቱ ዕድሜያቸው 80 እና ከዚያ በላይ ለሆኑ ሰዎች ክትባት መስጠት ይጀምራል ፡፡

President-elect Joe Biden is under pressure to walk away from his pledge to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline. On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau said completing the project is a key priority for him.

President-elect Joe Biden addressed a grieving nation on Tuesday after the United States had earlier in the day passed 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Speaking at a service to remember Americans killed by the virus, Biden praised medical professionals for their roles in caring for the ill and their families during the pandemic.

Maine health officials discovered that a majority of Moderna vaccine shipments received across the state on Monday were not kept adequately cold during transport, meaning 4,400 doses may have to be thrown out.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, made the announcement during a "sad and somber" coronavirus briefing on Tuesday and said the problem extends to other states as well.

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