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Drought, frost takes a massive toll on coffee crops in Brazil

You may see coffee prices rising at your local café: Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of coffee, faced extreme weather this year that has taken a toll on coffee crops across the nation.

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Black churches, powerful cultural forces, set their sights on food security

Bats have a specialized thin skin that allows their wings to change when a muscle is activated with every beat cycle of the wings.

Researchers explore the fascinating biomechanics and neuroscience of bats

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Childhood lead poisoning remains a widespread problem in America

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A Baltimore student led a drive against an incinerator in her neighborhood. Now she’s won a major award.

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A year after Freddie Gray’s death, kids turn Baltimore’s uprising into art


After Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore photographer Devin Allen’s photo landed on the cover of Time magazine. Today, he’s teaching local youth how to use cameras to tell their own stories.

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At one Baltimore school, students are easing racial tensions by learning from each other


One year after a burst of violent attacks, Digital Harbor High launched a program to bring Latino and African-American students together.

Last month around 100 activists associated with Justice League NYC and other civil rights groups marched down historic US Route 1 through Baltimore as participants in an event named #MARCH2JUSTICE.

How African Americans and immigrants in Baltimore find common ground in police reform


When protests broke out in Baltimore, some immigrants there saw connections — how their relationships with police are similar to the relationships between cops and African Americans.

Baltimore residents gather at the corner North and Pennsylvania Avenues on May 1, 2015 to cheer the news that six police officer will face charges in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimoreans cheer the unexpected indictment of six police offcers over Freddie Gray’s death


State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Monday that the city will prosecute six officers over the death of Freddie Gray, with charges rising all the way to second-degree murder. The decision sparked immediate and mostly positive reaction from the city.

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Not just Baltimore: Where police are whiter than those they serve


The frightening scenes of urban unrest in Baltimore, and in Ferguson Missouri before that, reflect a long-smoldering distrust of police in African-American communities nationwide. A lot of departments, Baltimore’s among them, have made substantive strides in recent years increasing diversity. But Census Bureau statistics also indicate that police in many of America’s largest cities still don’t reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.