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4:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses.
Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:44 pm

Life in public housing sometimes can be difficult, but it's also a lot like life anywhere — made up mostly of work, school, family and friends. Still, many who don't live in public housing have a negative image of those who do.

Two former residents are trying to change that.

Rico Washington is one of them. The 38-year-old with long dreadlocks and a neatly trimmed beard grew up in Kimberly Gardens public housing apartments in Laurel, Md. When he was younger he was embarrassed about where he lived, he says, and would have co-workers drop him off down the street.

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Shots - Health News
4:28 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

Visitors check out wireless blood pressure monitors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Angeles.
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Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 5:40 am

Extracting medical care from the health care system is all too often an expensive exercise in frustration. Dr. Eric Topol says your smartphone could make it cheaper, faster, better and safer.

That's the gist of his new book, The Patient Will See You Now. Lots of people are bullish on the future of mobile health to transform health care, but Topol gets extra cred because of his major medical chops: Former head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and present director of the Scripps Translations Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

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Goats and Soda
4:09 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The World's Oldest First-Grader Is Honored By A Google Doodle

Kimani Maruge became a first-grader at age 84. The Google doodle shows him in his school uniform.
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Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:13 pm

The Google doodle for Kenya today shows a white-haired man at a table in a primary school, earnestly writing a classroom exercise. The kids behind him grin as if to say, "He is kind of old to be a first-grader."

Well, yes, he is! In 2004, Kimani Maruge went to school for the first time at age 84. Monday marks the 11th anniversary of his first day at school. The Guinness Book of Records says he's the oldest person to enroll in primary school. And who am I to argue?

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Parallels
3:57 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

In France's Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French Muslim policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead by gunmen, close to the headquarters of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:35 pm

When Lassana Bathily escaped from a Paris supermarket that was under siege, police at first thought he was the assailant. They forced him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Bathily, 24, is an immigrant from Mali, with the same skin color as the gunman for whom police were hunting. Also like the gunman, Bathily is a Muslim.

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World
3:37 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

U.S. State Dept.: Weak Government Has Slowed Haiti's Recovery

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:20 pm

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Europe
3:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Anti-Immigrant Rally Draws Thousands In Dresden

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:20 pm

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Africa
3:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Young Egyptian's Suicide Reverberates Among Activists

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Latin America
3:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

For Cuba, Hostile Relationship With U.S. No Longer An Alibi

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:20 pm

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Politics
3:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:20 pm

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Sports
3:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

First College Football Playoff In New System Pits Ducks Against 'Bucks'

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:20 pm

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