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I Laughed, I Cried, I Clicked 'Refresh' Until He Posted Another Picture

Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton, is a crazy popular site, featuring his journalistic photographs of people in the city along with a word or two from the subject. They're by turns heartbreaking and giggle-inducing. The U.N. invited Brandon to take his camera past the five boroughs and into the great world beyond on an epic, 50-day tour.

I Laughed, I Cried, I Clicked 'Refresh' Until He Posted Another Picture

"I’m studying to be a lawyer. He likes books about frogs." (Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)


"We just want to be together and not be afraid." (Erbil, Iraq)

"She shares her yogurt with me." (Nairobi, Kenya)

"If you speak gently, you’ll find good people wherever you go. If you find a bad person, just move on to the next person." (Petra, Jordan)

"This one likes photos too much. If he takes one more photo, I will break his camera. But don’t translate that." (Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)

The U.N. sent Brandon around the world to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals. These goals, created in 2000, were pretty audacious, like eradicating extreme poverty and reducing the number of women dying in childbirth by 75% (as compared to 1990 numbers). The deadline is 2015. You'd be amazed at how far we've come, but there's still more to do.

For me, these photos have the same effect as the famous Pale Blue Dot image taken from space — serving as a reminder that, no matter what happens, we're all in this together. Share this with the humans in your life, OK?

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A grand jury in Jefferson County, Kentucky has formally charged a former Louisville police officer with with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for his conduct in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. According to the Washington Post, the jury said Brett Hankison "wantonly and blindly" shot 10 times into the apartment where Taylor was sleeping. Under the current charges, Hankison faces up to 5 years in prison.

In responding to the charges, Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the grand jury ruled the other officers in the incident -- Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- acted accordingly. Cameron urged calm in response to the charge, noting that "peaceful protests are your right as an American citizens," and that many people would be "disappointed" both that the other officers were not charged and some offended that Hankison was charged at all. However, saying acts of "revenge" were not warranted, Cameron said his department's own role is to enforce the law: "It isn't the quest for revenge, it's the quest for truth," adding that he hopes to be part of "the healing process."


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The new policy is based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Janus decision that limits public employees' First Amendment protections for speech while performing their official duties.

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