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Friday's News & Ideas - 4/12/2023

  • Majority of US Catholics favor abortion rights
  • Shooting at Philadelphia Eid event
  • Arab Jews
  • Ten years since Boko Haram kidnapping
  • Men charged in Brooklyn tunnels fight
  • Mapping access to nature

6 in 10 U.S. Catholics are in favor of abortion rights, Pew Research report finds
NPR: Catholics in the U.S., one of the country's largest single Christian groups, hold far more diverse views on abortion rights than the official teaching of their church.

3 shot and 5 in custody after gunfire disrupts Philadelphia Eid event, police say
Associated Press: The annual Eid al-Fitr event, held outside a large mosque in the city’s Parkside neighborhood, came to a sudden end when some 30 shots rang out at about 2:30 p.m.

The untold story of Arab Jews — and their solidarity with Palestinians
Vox: Jews from the Arab and Muslim world had a radical vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Ten years on from Chibok, what happened to the 276 Nigerian girls snatched from their school?
The Guardian: While some were freed or escaped, the authorities’ waning interest and ongoing mass abductions by militants has left campaigners and families of missing pupils in despair.

13 young men charged in Brooklyn synagogue ‘tunnel’ melee*
The New York Times: Some of the defendants are accused of breaking through a wall between an excavated space and the sanctuary, part of the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

The Spark

Mapping America’s access to nature, neighborhood by neighborhood
Countless studies have shown that people who spend less time in nature* die younger and suffer higher rates of mental and physical ailments, The Washington Post says.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers



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