• By Norris Burkes
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The tapping on the door was more a defeated plea than a knock. The sound focused inward so as not to draw the attention of curious ears.

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“Why can’t THESE people drive?” asked a frustrated American worker taking me through rush-hour traffic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, last week.

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The College of Charleston’s Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program will soon get a new director. Ezra Cappell, a New York native who has spent the past 17 years at the University of Texas at El Paso, will take the baton of Jewish Studies from retiring director Martin Perlmutter on July 1.

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When the late Oliver Sacks, a professed lover of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, subjected himself to the claustrophobia-inducing MRI machine so that researchers might map brain activity as he listened to music, the results affirmed the neurologist’s musical preferences.

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The disassociated Diocese of South Carolina, which left The Episcopal Church in 2012 and sued to retain its name and property, lost its battle in the state courts in August last year when the Supreme Court issued a set of five opinions that, overall, favored The Episcopal Church and its rema…

  • By Norris Burkes
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Justin is a 12-year-old student at Southwest Bilingual School in the high mountains outside La Esperanza, Honduras. Every weekday, he rides five miles on a school bus through twisted and rutted dirt roads.

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I graduated from high school in Atascadero, Calif. In the 1970s, Atascadero was a town without a stoplight or chain stores. However, we had a lot of churches and liquor stores. Truthfully, it fit the Spanish meaning of “miry place," roughly translated as “pigsty.”

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Eighteen days before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at a rally of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., declaring the struggle now had shifted. Desegregation had been the main goal, but now it was something else.

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