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September 13, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

-Texas

-Hazara of Afghanistan

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STORIES:

Who are the Hazara of Afghanistan? An expert on Islam explains

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COMMENTARY With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose. 666 words. By Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University

Black, Hispanic and Asian American donors give more to social and racial justice causes as well as strangers in need – new survey

COMMENTARY Larger shares of Asian, Black and Hispanic people are donating to these nonprofits, compared with white donors. They are also more likely to give to others through less formal channels. 499 words. By Wendy Chen, Texas Tech University and Una Osili, IUPUI

Western fires are burning higher in the mountains and at unprecedented rates as the climate warms

COMMENTARY As the risk of fires rises in areas once considered too wet to burn, it creates hazards for mountain communities and for downstream water supplies. 915 words. By Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced, and Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, McGill University

6 big changes in standardized tests – including less focus on grading students and more on learning

COMMENTARY Public outcry against standardized testing, along with adjustments required by COVID-19, have led to a new generation of academic tests. 790 words. By Stephen Sireci, University of Massachusetts Amherst

What happens when your foot falls asleep?

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SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY An exercise physiologist explains how it’s a problem of communication between your brain and your body. 696 words. By Zachary Gillen, Mississippi State University

‘Imagine’ at 50: Why John Lennon’s ode to humanism still resonates

COMMENTARY Regularly topping lists for ‘greatest song of all time,’ the former Beatle’s classic 1971 song is taken by many as an atheistic anthem. 945 words. By Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College

Jim Crow tactics reborn in Texas abortion law, deputizing citizens to enforce legally suspect provisions

COMMENTARY Texas lawmakers resurrected a Jim Crow-era legal maneuver, used to deny Blacks the right to vote, in their new law banning most abortions. 783 words. By Stefanie Lindquist, Arizona State University

Biden’s pandemic plan overlooks mask mandates and vulnerable populations

COMMENTARY President Biden outlined a six-point strategy to confront the pandemic. But two public health scholars believe it would work better with help from states. 725 words. By Julia Raifman, Boston University and Alexandra Skinner, Boston University

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