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A somber procession began on Sunday in the courtyard of the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968. Everyone in Memphis knows about that piece of history, but until recently, folks were unaware of a tragedy that happened in the same part of town a hundred years earlier.

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'Becoming Wise' Is A Meditation On Meaning

May 1, 2016
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From Mexico City's Zócalo to Rome's Piazza Navona, public squares have always been a vibrant part of urban life. After visiting Italy a few years back, editor Catie Marron began thinking about the different roles these public spaces have played. She asked some well-known writers to share their thoughts about famous squares around the world, and the resulting essays are gathered in a new book called City Squares.

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Still Has Us Talking

May 1, 2016
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The way Jimmy Santiago Baca tells it, poetry saved his life — but he's not speaking in hyperbole. Long before the poet won an American Book Award, Baca was in prison on a drug conviction, where he was facing down a prison-yard fight with another inmate.

Baca sought padding however he could get it.

A 60,000-Pound Problem

Apr 30, 2016
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There's a long-held debate in education. " 'Do you fix education to cure poverty or do you cure poverty to cure education?' And I think that's a false dichotomy," says the superintendent of Camden schools in New Jersey, Paymon Rouhanifard. "You have to address both."

That can be expensive.

In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state's school funding formula was leaving behind poor students. It ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the then-poorest districts.

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