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  • Cover Story Pray and wash: Finding church in unexpected places

    For many, worship has always been about much more than the edifice in which it occurs. Today, a new locus of spiritual growth is emerging around alternative settings that redefine “church.” 

  • To help the homeless, there’s an app for that

    Cities across California and the country are embracing digital tools to reduce the guesswork in counting homeless people – advances that in turn could fortify efforts to help them.

  • First Look 'Gangland' reporters persist, despite risks

    Urban video journalists are pioneering a new form of newsgathering by focusing on the inner workings of gangs. Critics contend the videos glorify gang life, but their defenders say the videographers give voice to communities often neglected by traditional media. 

  • First Look Black man who leads neo-Nazi group vows to dismantle it

    In a move that suggests parallels with the recent Spike Lee movie "BlacKkKlansman," the new leader of a long-standing neo-Nazi, white supremacist group, James Hart Stern, is seeking to use his position to undermine the group's defense against a lawsuit.

  • When forgiveness is the headline – a reporter in search of a different angle

    Being the New York staff writer for any news organization could be an overwhelming job. With a population and an economy larger than many of the nations the Monitor covers, New York City is at the intersection of some of the biggest stories on the planet, from finance to culture to criminal justice. Throw a dart somewhere and you’ll hit a story target that will interest an editor and a reader somewhere. Which is why many of the big picture issues Harry Bruinius covers from his New York perch for the Monitor – morality, justice, and forgiveness – are so compelling. And why they universally connect with our readers. One in a series of monthly profiles of Monitor journalists.

  • ‘Be a man’: What does that mean in modern America?

    Beyond angst over ads and concern that America is afraid to let boys be boys, there are areas of agreement: Neither men nor women should be boxed into stereotypes. Both should be able to be themselves.

  • Super Bowl: With Saints not in, this town’s the Big Uneasy

    It is said that the test of true fandom comes not with victory but with defeat. Saints fans have met their latest trial with the relentless spirit of survival that has buoyed New Orleans after countless floods and hurricanes.

  • In frigid heartland, an outpouring of warmth

    As extreme cold grips the Midwest, communities are rallying around their unsheltered residents. But will this acute outpouring translate into long-term support for efforts to curb homelessness?

  • Beyond politics: Behind the wave of compassion toward federal workers

    Many people know what it feels like to miss a paycheck. That empathy has led to coast-to-coast casseroles, gift cards, and pizza deliveries as Americans take care of neighbors who work for the federal government.

  • Negro Mountain? Why offensive place names are still on US maps.

    What’s in a name? When that name is Runaway Negro Creek, a lot of mythology, and racism, masquerading as history. Why crude names are still on the maps, and how some communities are seeking change.