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New York photography exhibit documents a period of social struggle: 1980 - 2000 

New York in 1980 was emerging from the fiscal crisis of the late 1970s and was ill-prepared for the just-beginning AIDS crisis and a crack epidemic that fueled a murder rate of just under 5 homicides a day. 921 more words

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From a village in Myanmar to a meditation center in Baldwin Park: The path of a Buddhist monk

Gail Fisher for the Los Angeles Times

Ashin Gunissara was born in Taw Ku Gyi, a tiny village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta. His parents were poor farmers and did not have the means to send him to school, so his dream of becoming a doctor never became a reality. 702 more words

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Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara

This year’s 42nd Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara featured the theme of “Legends,” with more than 1,000 parade participants, 30 extravagant floats, whimsical costumes, choreographed dancers and characters on stilts. 97 more words

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