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San Quentin prisoners reframe photos to share their stories

Prisoners have annotated images through the decades some brutal, some charming in an exhibition in Berkeley, California ” Was he pushed or did he jump ?” is scrawled in the margins of a black-and-white photograph of four dark figures surrounding the chalk outline of a body. In the image, there are patches of stained asphalt …

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The Michigan town where merely Christians are allowed to buy homes

Bay View is for many an idyllic community but a lawsuit will test its regulation that only practicing Christians can own property The Michigan town where merely Christians are allowed to buy homes Michigan The Michigan town where merely Christians are allowed to buy homes Bay View is for many an idyllic community- but a …

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Private firefighters and five-star hotels: how the rich sit out wildfires

Record-breaking US wildfires are fueling a cottage industry of boutique services and many are happy to pay the price With record-breaking wildfires engraving up the American west this summer, firefighters have become the rarest of civil servants: the kind almost universally lauded as heroes. Reinforcements dropped into California’s firefight from as far away as Australia …

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Resistance and feminism: what to expect from this year’s Armory Show

The much-anticipated contemporary art carnival hittings New York with a range of provocative pieces, taking aim at Trump and highlighting the work of female artists It’s that time of year again, when black-clad art enthusiasts descend upon New York’s Armory Show, the labyrinth-like contemporary art carnival at Piers 92 and 94 in midtown Manhattan. Kicking …

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Youth who fled Taliban held with adults after disputed ‘pseudoscience’ age test

A federal court observed he was 17, but after a dental exam an asylum seeker is held in California with adults who do not speak his language First he fled Afghanistan after his father and friend were murdered by the Taliban. Then he flew to Ecuador on what his lawyers described as a forged passport, …

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This asylum seeker was shot in the head. Ice incarcerated him and gave him ibuprofen

Some days, Rolando would bleed out of his eyes, ears and nose. Other days, he’d lie on the floor, dizzy or barely conscious. But every time the jailed Guatemalan asylum seeker attempt help from a doctor, staff at his US immigration detention center offered the same treatment: ibuprofen. The 27 -year-old migrant survived a gunshot …

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A tall tale? Accuracy of Trump’s medical report- and new height- questioned

So-called Girthers question why Trumps stated height is taller than his license says, and the convenience of his being 1lb shy of obese Donald Trump A tall tale? Accuracy of Trump’s medical report- and new height- questioned So-called’ Girthers’ question why Trump’s stated height is taller than his license says, and the convenience of his …

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Leaving Los Angeles: parting to a city of dreamers and squalor

Guardian reporter Rory Carroll reflects on six years in Los Angeles at a time of soaring wealth and desperate poverty I called Los Angeles home for six years and now, as I bid goodbye, I sift through memories that feel incompatible, discordant. There was the endlessness of the city, horizons of concrete, as you fly …

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