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Black market for body parts

Last month in India, an American nonprofit received a prestigious international award. The Mumbai-based Harmony Foundation presented a 2019 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice to Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH). A physician, Torsten Trey, founded DAFOH in 2006 after learning that China’s communist regime was harvesting organs from prisoners. The Washington, D.C.-based medical ethics advocacy group raises …

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On legalizing DACA recipients

The DACA program could expire in January, effectively bringing to a bitter, unfortunate end the temporary legal status of some 700,000 youthful immigrants, call a halt to promising careers and hamstring some U.S. companies. On Nov. 12, U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments on whether the Trump administration can end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The …

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Happy signs of a hopeful season

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Families and friends will come together at dining tables laden with traditional and seasonal delicacies. In churches and shelters across the nation, volunteers will prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to area homeless people and deliver hot holiday meals to individuals confined by age or infirmity. As Dr. Barton Goldsmith wrote for Psychology Today, in 9 Reasons …

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National Native American Heritage Month

In a nod to the original peoples of the United States and boasting about his roots, Will Rogers, one of America’s most beloved 19th century humorists famously said, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower. They met the boat.” Rogers was born a Cherokee citizen in Indian Territory, in what’s now the state of Oklahoma. His ancestors and those …

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KCK mass shooting haunts community

The decisions of judges last month in different states and jurisdictions in separate cases forever changed the lives of at least 11 families and others in a close-knit Hispanic community. On Sept. 9, Jackson County, Missouri Judge Kevin D. Harrell released Javier Alatorre from jail on his own recognizance. The judge so ruled despite the strenuous objection of the assistant …

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U.S. Hispanics – six facts

By Roberta Pardo After a month of events celebrating Hispanic heritage during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), some misconceptions about the Hispanic population in the United States still prevail. According to some statistics from the Pew Research Center, here are six key facts about the country’s Hispanic population: 1. Hispanics are the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group: …

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Funding for southern border barrier

For the second time this year, Congress has tried to thwart President Trump’s plans to divert funds appropriated for defense construction elsewhere to building a fence on the southern border. In a 236-174 vote in the House on Sept. 27, representatives approved a resolution overturning the president’s national emergency border declaration. Two days earlier, the Senate also voted 54-41 to …

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How to help Bahamas recover

The Bahamas needs our help. On Sept. 1, Hurricane Dorian struck the Caribbean island nation with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (mph) – the highest winds of an Atlantic hurricane ever recorded at landfall. It’s the worst natural disaster in the Bahamas’ history with estimates of property damage upwards of $7 billion. At least 53 deaths have …

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Teens & guns in KCMO

In the first month of his administration, Kansas City’s hard-charging new mayor, Quinton Lucas took decisive steps to tackle gun violence. He proposed two new ordinances to keep guns out of the hands of minors. He’s attending anti-violence and community meetings, talking with residents on walking tours in high-crime neighborhoods, meeting with the police chief and mental health professionals, sounding …

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Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

The 31st annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month opens Sunday. The celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain begins on Sep. 15. It’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month festivities close …

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