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  1. $32 million Bloomberg-Harvard 'mayor school' supports leaders' changing roleRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | Christian Science Monitor

    The new Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Institute, endowed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies, could support mayors' innovative projects. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 27. For the nearly two out of three American citizens who live in cities, life could be about to improve - or at least get a little easier for their mayors.

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  2. After shooting of imam, N.Y. Muslims confront climate of fearRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 16 | Christian Science Monitor

    Most members of the Bangladeshi community in Ozone Park insist the execution-style killings of an imam and his assistant just after prayers Saturday were hate crimes. A young woman looks on from an elevated train station Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Queens borough of New York, near where the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot.

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  3. NY leaders urge calm over fear after Queens imam shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Aug 14 | Christian Science Monitor

    An imam and another Muslim leader were fatally shot in New York City Saturday, and the city's leaders and Americans around the country are offering their support to local Muslims worried by the shooting. In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, photo, people gather near a crime scene for a demonstration after the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack as they left afternoon prayers Saturday.

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  4. Modesty requirement cancels French pool day intended for Muslim womenRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 4 | Christian Science Monitor

    A mayor in France has cancelled a women-only swim event in France because it would have required swimmers to dress modestly, an effort to accommodate Muslim women. Pool debates are becoming a regular flashpoint in debates about integration and cultural sensitivity.

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  5. Could 'verbal judo' help cops defuse tense situations?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    The technique, designed to train officers to resolve tense situations with their words, not their weapons, is experiencing a revival amid a fraught time for policing. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner William Bratton watch a demonstration at the New York City Police Academy in Queens, N.Y., in on December 2014.

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  6. 'The Imperial Wife' finds shades of Catherine the Great in a NY emigreRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 12, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Exploring challenging gender roles, Reyn parallels 18th-century Russia and present day New York City to see contrast and similarities in two wives's marital relationships. Irina Reyn's marvelous first novel, "What Happened to Anna K.," brought an Anna Karenina to life in the 21st century.

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  7. What Stonewall means to the LGBT communityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    For many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, New York's Stonewall Inn is much more than a bar. A man lights candles on a memorial outside the Stonewall Inn for victims of the Orlando Shooting, in New York, on June 16. President Obama is designating the Stonewall Inn in New York a national monument, the first to honor gay rights.

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  8. In driver's acquittal, more of the same for those seeking justice for Freddie GrayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    The acquittal of all charges for the driver of the police van in which a 25 year-old black man, Freddie Gray, sustained fatal injuries last year has triggered a fresh round of questioning and calls for justice in Baltimore and beyond. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams agreed that Mr. Gray had received the injuries inside the police van in which he was detained on a drive to the station, but acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van who prosecutors said gave Gray a "rough ride" to "bounce him around in the back of the van."

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  9. Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate changeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    That's the goal of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a coalition of more than 7,000 cities spanning six continents. The group, created by merging the United Nation's Compact of Mayors and the EU's Covenant of Mayors, is a first-of-its-kind global initiative of local governments aimed at supporting each other in "setting ambitious climate reduction goals , taking ambitious action to meet those objectives, and measuring their progress publicly and transparently," according to a statement released by the European Commission on Thursday.

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  10. Why the queen won't vote on BrexitRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 23, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Millions of people will cast their votes Thursday to determine whether Britain remains a part of the European Union, but one high-profile citizen does not have a say in the matter: Queen Elizabeth II. While the queen does have certain formal and ceremonial roles related to the government, as head of state she "has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election," according to the official website of the royal family.

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  11. Will Philadelphia's soda tax fall flat?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it. The City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages.

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  12. Philadelphia becomes first major American city with soda taxRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Despite an expensive anti-tax campaign from the beverage industry, Philadelphia has become the first major American city with a soda tax. Audience members cheer after Philadelphia City Council passed a tax on sugary and diet beverages, in Philadelphia, Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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  13. Newest AMC drama 'Feed the Beast' keeps food at the centerRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Food is at the heart of AMC's drama "Feed The Beast," where family, fatherhood, friendship, and fate converge at a fledgling restaurant in yet another new role for David Schwimmer in his life post-"Friends." "Feed the Beast," premiering on June 5 on cable network AMC, follows two friends, Tommy and Dion , both at respective low points in their lives.

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  14. How Donald Trump has made this election about women votersRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Vivien Goldman has a particular fascination with the rise of Donald Trump in this year's presidential election - a fascination mixed with both a kind of respect and revulsion. The New York City bohemian - a playwright, musician, and part-time "punk professor" residing in Queens, whose latest play is called "Cherchez la Femme" - admits that she's intrigued by the Trump women, daughter Ivanka and wife Melania.

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  15. How Trump has made this election about women votersRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Vivien Goldman has a particular fascination with the rise of Donald Trump in this year's presidential election - a fascination mixed with both a kind of respect and revulsion. The New York City bohemian - a playwright, musician, and part-time "punk professor" residing in Queens, whose latest play is called "Cherchez la Femme" - admits that she's intrigued by the women in Mr. Trump's life.

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  16. Inspired by Trump, new Arizona law redefines free speechRead the original story

    May 17, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    The Arizona law increases penalties against protesters who block access to a political rally. Is blocking access to a political event a political statement in itself? Protesters block a car on a street leading to a rally for Donald Trump in Arizona on March 19, 2016.

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  17. How solar brought Muslims and Jews together in one West Bank villageRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    An ultra-Orthodox youth walks past a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit in 2013. A solar project funded and operated by both Jews and Muslims is shining some light on Auja, a small Palestinian town located in one of the most controversial territories on Earth.

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  18. Jane Jacobs: visionary of great American citiesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    Wednesday would have been Jane Jacobs' 100th birthday. Many urban planners continue to incorporate her views of cities and community into their work today.

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  19. Obama to designate first ever gay rights monumentRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    The Stonewall Inn, a bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, is frequently seen as the birthplace of modern gay rights activism in the US and soon it could be the first national monument honoring LGBT history. This May 29, 2014 file photo shows The Stonewall Inn, in New York's Greenwich Village.

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  20. What does owning a home really cost?Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2016 | Christian Science Monitor

    When you own a home for the first time, you should be prepared for some costs that you might not have expected. First-time homebuyer Teresa Hair had owned her house less than two months when water started bubbling up through the guest bedroom floor.

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