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Shelter For Runaway Youths The Latest Victim Of Shutdown

Members of Congress don't have to look far to see the impact of the shutdown: it has forced D.C.'s only shelter for homeless and runaway youth to furlough nearly 50 employees and cut most of its services.

The Sasha Bruce Youthwork — a non-profit on Capitol Hill — is being forced to furlough nearly half its staff staff and close six programs, including its outreach services, which provide food and clothing to young people living on the streets.

Also cut: after-school tutoring, job training, and AIDS prevention and testing.

In a statement, founder Deborah Shore says: "It is hard enough that the federal government does not deem services for runaway and homeless youth as essential, but worse is that our essential local dollars are being frozen as the cold weather approaches."

Shore says that for the time being, Sasha Bruce will continue to operate its housing programs "because the young people have no other place to go."

But she says if the shutdown continues, "more youth will be living outside, unprotected."

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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