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New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural, Urban Environment
Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.
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A 50% More Efficient Internal Combustion Engine
Internal combustion engines in cars may be on their way out, but experts agree it will take a few decades before electric-powered vehicles become dominant. Meanwhile, the existing gas and diesel engines can be made more efficient and less polluting. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S.-based company is using an old technological concept to build a power train that is 50 percent more fuel-efficient and just as powerful as conventional engines, as VOA’s George Putic Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3250126.html
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Young Bluegrass Musician Headed for Nashville
Just as classical musicians aspire to perform one day at New York's Carnegie Hall, country and bluegrass musicians dream of playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Thirteen-year-old Gaven Largent will be doing just that next month. VOA's Susan Logue caught up with him at his home in Winchester, Virginia, and prepared this profile.
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Navajo Code Talkers Honored in New York
The elite Marine unit of Navajo soldiers whose cryptic code remained unbroken during World War Two was honored at the annual Veterans' Day parade in New York City. The Code Talkers are using their trip as a bid to raise funds for a museum to honor their contribution to defeating the Japanese. Few of the original 400 Navajo Code Talkers are still alive. They say unless a museum is built quickly, their experiences will die with them. Nathan King reports:
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Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart
One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/comanche-chief-quanah-parker-century-old-house-is-falling-apart/2498130.html
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Stradivarius Secret Found By Texas Chemist
Music lovers around the world sing the praises of certain violins and cellos that were made more than 300 years ago in the small city of Cremona in northern Italy. The instruments made by Antonio Stradivarius, in particular, are highly regarded and the few hundred that survive today command prices in the millions of dollars. For many years craftsmen and scientists have studied these violins to find their secret. Now, a chemist in Texas claims he has already found it -- not in the structure of the instruments, but in chemicals used to preserve the wood.
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'Art and Soul' of World's Most Expensive Violin
When many of us think of precious objects, it is often the largest gems or the most famous paintings that come to mind. But certain rare violins inspire the same awe - and command the same astronomical prices - as these other treasures. VOA's Adam Phillips tells us about one particular violin's pride of place in the rarified world of high-end stringed instruments.
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Philippines Call Center Workers Cope With Advantages, Disadvantages of Industry
When Americans call for customer support there is a good chance the agent on the other end of the telephone line is Filipino. The Philippines has the world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry. It employs some one-million workers who assist clients from very distant time zones. Jason Strother reports from Manila, where there are efforts to cope with the downsides of the fast-growing industry. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/philippines-call-center-workers-cope-with-advantages-disadvantages/2661584.html
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Oldest Student in Kenya in Primary School
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge, 88, is the oldest man in Kenya to attend primary school. At the time of his enrollment four years ago, the Guinness Book of World Records listed him as being the oldest person in the world to start primary school. VOA followed him four years ago, when he first enrolled in elementary school. Reporter Cathy Majtenyi checked back with him recently, and has filed this report.
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Divers Spot Giant White Shark
🦈 The biggest great white shark on record is visiting the American island state of Hawaii, divers say. A group of divers monitoring the carcass of a sperm whale off the coast of Oahu say they have gone swimming with the massive predator, and that based on the size and the markings, the shark is known as “Deep Blue,” one of the largest great whites on record. “She was just this big, beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post,” diver Ocean Ramsey told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Deep Blue is believed to be 6 meters long and at least 50 years old. The Smithsonian says the average female great white shark measures just less than 5 meters, while males measure just less than 4 meters. “Big pregnant females are actually the safest ones to be with — the biggest, oldest ones — because they’ve seen it all, including us,” Ramsey said. https://www.voanews.com/a/biggest-great-white-shark-on-record-thrills-divers-off-hawaii/4748447.html
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Virginia Commune Still Draws Members After 40 Years
In the 1960s, they were called communes. Today, they're known as intentional communities. Some are spiritually-based. Others focus on environmental concerns. But all believe in sharing. Twin Oaks, located two hours south of Washington DC, is one of the oldest intentional communities in the United States. VOA's Susan Logue paid a visit.
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Navajo Weavers Carry on Centuries-Old Tradition
The Navajo Indians of the southwestern United States have been weaving blankets for hundreds of years. Originally, their primary goal was to make something that would keep them warm. In time, however, people began to appreciate the blankets for their beauty. Suli Yi of VOA's Mandarin Service traveled to Navajo country to learn about the Navajo weavers and their art. It is narrated by Ruth Reader.
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Moroccan Villagers Make Their Desert Bloom
The edge of the Sahara desert seems an unlikely spot for an organic farm, but that didn't stop a group of poor villagers in the village of Hart Chaou, 300 kilometers southeast of Marrakesh, from planting one. Reporting for VOA, Solana Pyne describes a Moroccan community farm that could be a model for other drought-prone regions.
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T-Shirt Designer - a Young Entrepreneur to Watch
Micha Weinblatt is considered one of the 10 'Generation Next' entrepreneurs to watch. The 28-year-old T-shirt designer launched his Crooked Monkey company in 2005. The designer's creations - shirts that are playful and irreverent - appeal to a younger generation.
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North Korean Refugees Struggle to Adjust to US
The Refugee Processing Center, which is operated by the U.S. State Department, says there are some 190 North Korean refugees living in the United States. But there may be more who do not claim refugee status. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, many North Koreans have settled in California, where they are trying to adjust to their new lives. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/north-korea-refugees-adjust-united-states/3073941.html
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Illinois' Solution to Asian Carp Invasion: Eat Them
The Asian carp, a species of fish brought from China to the U.S. several decades ago, is a growing concern in the midwest state of Illinois. The number of Asian carp in the state's waterways has soared in recent years, choking out many native fish species. But state officials hope to solve the problem, and also strike a blow against local hunger, by changing public attitudes about the much-maligned fish.
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Germany's Health Care: Quality Care for All
With Congress back in session, debate over reforming the American health care system is once again in full swing. Supporters of universal health care want the U.S. system to be more like those in Europe, with the government taking an active role to guarantee coverage for everyone. Those who oppose drastic changes in the U.S. system say greater government involvement and universal coverage guarantees will push the U.S. toward socialism. Germans have the oldest universal health care system in Europe - its origins go back more than a century - and they are generally pleased with the care they receive. Is there a lesson there for America? VOA's Sonja Pace reports from the German capital, Berlin.
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Clinton Victory Party Turns to Sorry  and Worry
In a stunning upset, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, losing to billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Ahead in most polls before Tuesday's vote, the mood at the Hillary Clinton watch party in New York changed drastically as the election returns came in. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti was there at the Javits Center in New York City. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/clinton-victory-party-turns-to-sorry/3589002.html
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Trump Pennsylvania Supporters Savor Historic Win
For almost 30 years, Pennsylvania's electoral college votes have gone to Democratic presidential candidates. But on election night, this battleground state went for Donald Trump. VOA's Katherine Gypson talked to Trump supporters from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who were still surprised the day after his historic win. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/trump-pennsylvania-supporters-savor-historic-win/3590419.html
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Afrikaner Farmers Migrating to Georgia
A South African court earlier this week convicted Julius Malema, president of the African National Congress Youth League, of hate speech for singing "shoot the Boer, kill the Boer" at a rally last year. But some Boers, or white South African farmers, say they have had enough of violence and racial tension in South Africa and are planning to move out. VOA's James Brooke visited one Afrikaner who started farming this year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
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Museum of Chinese in America Shows a Little-Known History
Chinese have been in America since before the United States was founded, though few in numbers until the 1840s. Like other ethnic groups, they faced prejudice and exclusion, until the civil rights movements of the 1960s began to tear down racial barriers in education and jobs. In 1980, a museum dedicated to their story started as the Chinatown History Project. The Museum of Chinese in America opened this year at a new site in New York's Chinatown. VOA New York correspondent Carolyn Weaver has more.
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Russian Monarchy Still a Touchy Issue, 100 Years After Revolution
Russia this year is marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, which ended centuries of monarchy and led to the rise of a new empire -- the Soviet Union.  Russia's "February Revolution," which was in March in the Gregorian calendar, saw Tsar Nicholas the Second abdicate in the face of a popular uprising.  But, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Saint Petersburg, there are still Russians today who defend the monarchy as sacred, and a few who even hope for its return. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/russian-monarchy-still-a-touchy-issue-100-years-after-revolution/3751056.html
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Empowering Employees with Disabilities
Lifelong intellectual disabilities often can hinder a person's ability to acquire skills or get a job. The people who run the Wildflour catering company near Washington, DC know that, so they have made a special effort to hire people with disabilities. VOA's June Soh visited Wildflour and learned that the company gives its employees marketable skills, and sends them home with more than just a paycheck. Amy Katz narrates.
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Some Americans Go All Out Decorating Homes for Halloween
Halloween is the spookiest day of the year in the United States with people attending costume parties, visiting haunted attractions and telling scary stories. But on October 31, Halloween is most well-known for costumed children going door-to-door in the evening, saying “trick or treat” to receive candy. Traditionally, the only decoration was a jack-o-’lantern. But now, more people than ever before are elaborately decorating their houses for Halloween. VOA’s Deborah Block has more. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3566559.html
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American Girls Join Boys Football Team
Tennis, badminton and table tennis are some of the few sports in which men and women compete together on the same team. Rarely does it happen in rugged American-style football. But VOA's Tala Hadavi found a suburban Washington school where three girls have joined what is typically a male-dominated sport.
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Foreign Students Adapt to Rigors of US Naval Academy
Throughout its long history, the U.S. Naval Academy has produced prominent leaders, like former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Senator John McCain. The academy prepares young men and women to become officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. But not all of its undergraduate students - known as midshipmen - are American. Dozens are foreign exchange students who return home to serve their countries after graduating. Ramon Taylor has the story for VOA.
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Be a Cowboy on an American Longhorn Ranch
Have you ever imagined being a cowboy - riding horses and herding cattle on a ranch? What does it take to be a cowboy, and what do you have to give up? VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang recently went to a longhorn cattle ranch near Dodge City, Kansas, and bring you the real lifestyle of a ranch family. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2982664.html
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John Brown Assessed 150 Years After Harpers Ferry Raid
In the early 19th century, the United States was divided on the issue of slavery. In the south, slaves worked on large plantations and were critical to the production of cotton, tobacco and other cash crops. Some Americans advocated the abolishment of slavery. One man decided to take action by taking over Harpers Ferry, a small Virginia town with a major armory. John Brown's raid began on October 16th, 150 years ago. Brown was executed for his actions in December 1859. But even though long ago, his bid to end slavery is still being debated. VOA's Susan Logue reports.
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Graphene Manufacturing Picks Up in USB
A version of the mineral graphite, called graphene, is often called 'The Material of the 21st Century' because of its special properties. Some U.S. companies are already using graphene for advanced technology products. VOA’s George Putic visited one such company, close to Washington D.C. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2676176.html
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For African-American Muslims, Ramadan Has Special Meaning
As the month of Ramadan begins, many millions of Muslims around the world are joining in a collective fast intended to help purify their souls. But for the more than half a million African-American Muslims, many of whom descend from former slaves, Ramadan has a special meaning -- a link between the African-American experience and the Islamic tradition of spiritual freedom. VOA's Mana Rabiee has more.
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Going to Camp to Become a Sports Mascot
Mascots help to get crowds excited at every level of sports competitions - from high schools to professional teams. Companies and organizations also use the costumed characters to present a friendly corporate image. June Soh shows what it takes to bring those furry, comic costumes to life and what it is like being inside them, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
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Kenya's FlipFlop Recycling Company turns Ocean's Trash to Treasure
While doing marine conservation projects at the Kenyan coast several years ago, one woman observed children making toys out of flip-flops that were washing up on shore. So she started a business to make colorful, fashionable products from flip-flops - while creating jobs and cleaning up the waterways. Jill Craig has more from Nairobi.
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Dominican Sisters Attract Young Women to Life of Service
Over the last few decades, the Roman Catholic Church in America has struggled to fill the ranks of its clergy. The average age of the church's serving priests and nuns is 70 and rising. But some Catholic orders in the United States are successfully attracting new members or postulants. Reporter Mike Osborne visited an order of Dominican sisters in the southern state of Tennessee where nearly a third of the sisters are under 30 years of age.
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Farming With Salty Water Is Possible
One of the many adverse effects of global climate change is the rise of sea levels, which scientists say can increase the salinity level of fresh water reserves. As saline water cannot be used for irrigation, farm fields close to the seashore are lost to agriculture. But a farm in Netherlands has managed to grow healthy and tasty vegetables in soil irrigated with salt water. VOA’s George Putic reports. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/farming-with-salty-water-is-possible/2509863.html
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One Man Creates Army of Tiny Soldiers to Replicate Battle of Waterloo
Next year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, when French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by an international force led by England and Prussia. Just in time for the observance, a retired U.S. military officer is recreating the battlefield - in miniature, with a quarter-million tiny hand-painted soldiers. VOA's June Soh got a preview. Carol Pearson narrates.
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Artist Sells 1,600 Carved Eggshells a Year
Few people, we're sure, have ever seen carved eggshells. These have no relationship to eggs that are painted or decorated with gems or other jewels, like Faberge's famous eggs, which weren't even eggs. One artist in the Washington DC area is delicately sculpting on eggshells. Her eggshells are seen frequently in local art galleries. VOA Zulima Palacio spent time with Tina Kannapel and her cats - mostly NOT walking on eggshells.
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Want a Successful Startup? Adopt the Silicon Valley Culture
California's Silicon Valley is known for innovation and the countless number of technology startups in the area. While many of these companies are working on very different products, entrepreneurs tend to share a culture of openness and a free exchange of ideas. VOA's Elizabeth Lee spoke to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur from Latin America who believes the region would benefit from the kind of mentality that exists in Silicon Valley. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/successful-startup-silicon-valley-culture-trust/3418848.html
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Poland Offers Warm Welcome as Trump Backs NATO, Pledges to Defend Borders, Defeat Terror
U.S. President Donald Trump warns that the values of the West are under attack and questions whether its people have the will to fight for them. During a speech in Poland to mark his second trip to Europe, Trump delivered some of his strongest remarks yet about Russia, warning Moscow that it must stop what he termed its ‘destabilizing’ actions in Ukraine and Syria. Henry Ridgwell reports from Warsaw. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/poland-offers-warm-welcome-as-trump-backs-nato-pledges-to-defeat-terrorism-/3931493.html
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US Schools Try New Bilingual Education Method
Americans are not known for their ability to speak foreign languages, and efforts to teach them to children have often been ineffective and sometimes even controversial. Now, educators believe they've found a better way to do it. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky went to a bilingual school in a suburb of Washington, DC.
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Former President Jimmy Carter Urges Support for Trump Administration
Former President Jimmy Carter, who lost his bid for re-election in 1980, holds the record for the longest post White House career of any former U.S. president. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, despite partisan rancor that defined much of the 2016 presidential election, the former president is taking a conciliatory approach to the Trump administration. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/former-president-carter-urges-support-for-trump-administration/3686773.html
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Woman Converts to Islam After Relatives Are Killed on 9/11
When Islamic terrorists attacked the United States in 2001, some Americans were angry at Islam, because they see all Muslims as potential terrorists. Others now understand Islam better because it gets so much attention in the media. VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells the story of one woman experienced loss in 2001, but then turned to the same religion that some blamed.
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12,000 UN Peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon
The United Nations has been deploying peacekeepers to trouble spots around the world for more than 60 years.The U.N. Security Council authorizes deployment of peacekeepers to countries torn by conflict to help create conditions for lasting peace. Today, more than 90,000 men and women from more than 100 countries wear the "blue helmet" of the United Nations. VOA U.N. Correspondent Margaret Besheer recently visited the U.N. mission in southern Lebanon - known as UNIFIL -- to find out more about what peacekeepers do.
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China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant
An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan’s strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world’s largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities. VOA’s Ayaz Gul reports both sides are hoping to turn the port city into the gateway of a multibillion dollar bilateral economic corridor being built to connect the two allied nations. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4083585.html
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Cavalia: a Dazzling Display of Horse Power and Beauty
A show that has charmed millions of people in other parts of the world is now playing in the United States. What makes Cavalia special is that the stars are horses, riders, and acrobats who combine to create a visual extravaganza. Breshna Omarkhel of VOA's Afghanistan Service produced the piece. It is narrated by Penelope Poulou.
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Senegal's New Airport Aims to Be Busiest in West Africa
Senegal’s new, much-awaited international airport opens Dec 7, 2017. From Dakar, Sofia Christensen reports on the country’s efforts to position itself as a regional air hub of the 21st century. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4151313.html
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Migrant Caravan Shrinks After Trump's Warning
Thousands of migrants, mostly from Honduras, have amassed at Guatemala's border with Mexico seeking passage through its territory on their way to the United States. But many have returned to Honduras after facing hardship on the way, or running into obstacles on the Mexican border. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico of repercussions if they do not stop the caravan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports some migrants are determined to reach the United States at any cost. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4623415.html
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Explainer: What is the Perfect Tech Swimming Suit?
Controversy on "technology doping" has shadowed the Olympic swimming suits recently. For centuries, swimming naked was considered best, but changing mores and technical innovations have made swimsuits a battleground over speed. And at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the race continues. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/explainer-tech-swimming-olympic-games/3451397.html
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Turner Art Exhibit
The Dallas Museum of Art in Texas is currently hosting a retrospective of the career of J. M. W. Turner, considered by many one of the greatest landscape painters in the history of art. The exhibit will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art later this year. VOA's Carolyn Turner took in the more than 145 paintings and watercolors during the exhibition's stop in Washington.
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Philadelphia's Battle Against Opioids Takes Aim at Hard-Hit Neighborhood
President Trump's opioid commission is calling for more federal funding to battle addiction and deadly opioid drug-related overdoses in the United States. More than 175 Americans are dying every day and the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency”. VOA's Chris Simkins takes us to a hard hit Philadelphia neighborhood where the opioid epidemic is on open display. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4148055.html
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U.S. Library of Congress' Digital Collection One of World's Largest
The U.S. Library of Congress is well known for being the world's largest library. That is, in the traditional, paper format. Now, the library is on the way to hosting the largest digital collection in the world with more than 700 terabytes of data. VOA's Zulima Palacio explored the "cyber" world of the Library of Congress and prepared this story. Carolyn Presutti narrates.
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