America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.

ATLANTA — As higher education institutions rushed to return to in-person instruction, historically Black colleges and universities have been left to mitigate COVID-19 spread on campus with fewer resources.

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WESTERN WILDFIRES, EASTERN SUNSET: Sun sets with a muted glow from diffuse clouds of smoke from West Coast wildfires traveling across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

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Sun sets in Niagara Falls, N. Y., this week with muted glow against milky sky caused by smoky residue from the West Coast wildfires that traveled across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

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The sun sets with a muted glow over Niagara Falls, New York, earlier this week, showing the effects of a milky sky caused by diffuse clouds of smoke from the West Coast wildfires traveling across the U.S. on jet stream winds. 

In marking the 19th anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation that give a task force formed to examine adverse health data related to workers who took part in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center another five years to continue their work. 

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — The 40 passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93 “are an everlasting reminder that, no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back,” President Donald Trump said Friday at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

LAKE CRYSTAL — In 2013, Salim Kaderbhai was preparing to give his very first sermon as pastor for Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in rural Blue Earth County. It was his first assignment fresh out of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and he was nervous.

TRAVERSE CITY — Chasten Buttigieg remembers when Traverse City officials faced severe backlash for a rainbow “We are Traverse City” sticker that was created to promote TC as an inclusive place for LGBTQ people.


LAWRENCE, Mass. — An Amazon delivery driver is being hailed for a quick-thinking rescue of an elderly dog in a suburban Boston neighborhood.

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NORMAN -- Oklahoma University’s football team canceled practice Friday to march lockstep from the stadium to the campus Unity Garden to protest racial injustice and the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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If you oppose mail-in voting because President Donald Trump calls it a fraud, prepare to stand in long lines to cast your ballot on Nov. 3 Election Day.

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. – When Philadelphia native Marty Stuart was in ninth grade, as the story goes, his history teacher caught him reading a copy of “Country Song Roundup.” She advised the young lad to get his mind off “that garbage.” He replied, “I’d rather make history than learn about it.”

The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II is coming up on Sept. 2, and many who fought in this global conflict have since passed on. But the stories of these veterans who saved the world have been shared ever since, and will continue to be passed on for many years to come.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A Northeast Oklahoma business's cutout board used by guests for taking photos has been criticized by community members who say the feature is an example of cultural appropriation, and resort owners have decided to remove it.

SUTTONS BAY, Michigan — A northern Michigan elected official faces calls for his resignation and broad condemnation after he used a racial slur while talking to other board members during the preamble to a public meeting.

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MARGIE BATEMAN — The funeral for Margie Bateman was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel, with Rev. Chad Searls officiating. Burial was in Wheatland Cemetery.