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Yuma Botanists Collect Plants for Statewide Inventory

The Plant Atlas Project is an ongoing effort to catalogue Arizona’s native vegetation. Upcoming winter rains will offer a window to collect some of the flowering plants needed for that inventory. At first glance, the southwestern corner of Arizona might not seem like a great place to study plant life. “When I first moved to Yuma, I thought that Yuma was botanically challenged,” said botanist Karen Reichhardt of the Arizona Native Plant Society. “Because it’s so hot and dry, and you don’t...
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As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Tim Gunn is famous for his catchphrase — "Make it work!" — his snazzy outfits and his calm, can-do attitude. As a mentor to designers on Project Runway, his unflappable demeanor soothes many a stressed-out contestant.

But Gunn wasn't always so self-possessed.

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In 1984, Prince was on top of the world, with a No. 1 album and later a No. 1 movie, both named Purple Rain.

Little did Prince know then how widely his projects' influence would spread, or the ways in which they might translate — literally. Three decades after the film first premiered, it got a remake filmed in Niger, featuring members of a nomadic group of people known as the Tuareg.

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Seminole patchwork is not well-known outside the state of Florida. The Seams looks at culture through clothing — and within this hand-sewn and folded patchwork is the story of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Nearly three months after the tragic death of Alan Kurdi in waters off Turkey's coast came to symbolize a refugee crisis, seven of his relatives are heading to Canada to live with Kurdi's aunt, in a reversal of an earlier decision by immigration officials.

"I was crying," Tima Kurdi told The Toronto Star Friday, speaking from her home in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver. "To be honest, I was like, 'Why now? Why not then?"

The organization that combats drug use in world sports has officially declared that Russia's anti-doping agency doesn't comply with international rules. It's another blow to Russian track and field stars, who already face a provisional ban — which Russia says it won't contest — for alleged doping violations that could keep them from competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Days after a video was released showing a white police officer killing a 17-year-old black man, protesters in Chicago turned out to disrupt traffic and shopping along the city's famous "Magnificent Mile" retail strip on Black Friday.

The protesters chanted "16 shots, 14 months" — referring to the number of bullets that struck Laquan McDonald and the delay in both the release of the video and the pursuit of charges against Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke.


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Arizona Residents Attempt To Raffle Off Their Restaurant

Somerton--For $100 you could own a restaurant on Main Street in Somerton, Arizona. The owners of “Taqueria El Amigo” want out of the restaurant business but they’re avoiding the hassle of a sale or becoming landlords by raffling off the business. Traffic is light on Somerton’s main street. Its summertime and many businesses are closed for the evening. Right next to the Somerton municipal court house is the Mexican Food Restaurant “Taqueria El Amigo”. Estimated value of “Taqueria El Amigo”? ...
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