Need in the News, Vol. IV, Issue 10

At the end of every month, I summarize local, national and international “stories of need” from news sites, blogs, press releases and editorials. The following are some of October’s most need-in-the-news-worthy stories:

THE REFUGEE CRISIS — A deluge of people continues to pour into Europe, leaving transit and destination countries, alike, at a loss. Among the refugees looking for a new home are many children, traveling alone.

HAWAII — Authorities in the U.S.’s island paradise are dealing with a homeless emergency.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE — Is there any hope for a resolution in this holiest of lands?

A view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. (By Florence Lilly via Wikimedia Commons)
A view of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. (By Florence Lilly via Wikimedia Commons)
At times, what gets lost in the concern and clamor over major local, national and international events and issues, are ordinary people, communities, businesses and other groups doing extraordinary things. Here are a few I’ve heard about recently:

FORT COLLINS (Colorado) — Dan Berlin has run nine marathons and just became the first blind athlete to complete the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in one day.

KANSAS CITY (Missouri) — Shane Brown and Christy Green have an unusual routine they follow at Kansas City Royals games.

AMMAN (Jordan) — Basma Omar and Mutaz Mango recently invited hundreds of Syrian refugees to their wedding.

MEXICO & FOUR OTHER COUNTRIES — Grace O’Brien, 18, is the founder of Ears for Years, a non-profit that provides low-cost, solar-powered hearing aids to kids in developing nations.

BANGLADESH & BEYOND — The film Bonsai People tells the story of Nobel-winner Muhammad Yunus.

Stories worth reflection:

TRULY ONE OF THE WORST JOBS IN THE WORLD — It’s important, but how would you like your job to be accurately counting the dead from a civil war?

INSIDE TODAY’S “INDIAN WARS” — Economically poor tribes are still getting left out in the cold.

NUCLEAR FUSION: MORE REALITY THAN MYTH — I thought this stuff only happened in the movies. Apparently, scientists believe they are close to actually making this happen.

THE STORY OF THE STORY — On the making of the King James Bible.

1 IN 14 — According to a recent report, 1 in every 14 children has a parent in prison.

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