Need in the News, Vol. I, Issue 7

The Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., where a July 20 shooting killed 12 people and wounded 58. This photo was taken the day after the shooting. (Photo by Algr via Wikimedia Commons)
The Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded on July 20. Photo taken the day after the shooting. (Photo by Algr via Wikimedia Commons)

An overview of “stories of need” with links to news articles, editorials, press releases and blog posts from around the nation and the world:




Fighting the Good Fight


Major Troublespots


Reflections & Reviews

  • KENYA: Many slices of life through the eyes of a taxi driver in Nairobi.
  • THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF PENN STATE FOOTBALL: An eye-opening column on the scandal that has rocked one of the most well-known, and until recently, respected athletic programs in the country.
  • REVERSAL?: A prominent evangelical Christian organization recently came out against “conversion therapy” for gay people.
  • DRUG DEALERS SAY “DON’T DO CRACK”: How bad must a neighborhood get for drug dealers to stop selling?
  • REMEMBERING MUNICH: This year’s Olympic Games mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich hostage crisis that led to the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.
  • AID & RECONSTRUCTION: Could unfinished reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan be counterproductive? Why is it so difficult to cut the major strings attached to foreign aid?
    • CRAIGSLIST JOE: A man recently traveled across America on an adventure during which he lived only on what he could get from Craigslist.
    • BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA: American filmmaker David Darg’s documentary attributes the cholera epidemic in Haiti to Nepalese troops from Haiti’s U.N. peacekeeping mission.


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Coming Up

  • Commentary: More from the “good news project.”
  • Stories: The anatomy of need, immigration & health care.


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