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China embraces cryptography for 2020

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Becoming the first nation to pass a crypto-law, China prepares for a new regulatory framework to implement throughout the country.

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‘We like to pawty’: A costumed yappy hour for canines provides holistic pet care tips on CBD

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The CBD industry taps into the well-being of canines by expanding a sector focusing in cannabidiol products for pet care.

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Democrats take home critical victories, Republicans held onto key offices in off-year elections

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Off year elections show big wins on both sides, and a historical win for a third party.

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Cannabis + Crypto = Currency

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Today, 47 states have legalized cannabis in some form or another. The problem is that federal laws still categorize marijuana as a schedule 1 drug or an illegal substance. In turn, cannabis businesses cannot bank at FDIC insured banks.

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Post-Halloween, Indigenous cultures show how they retained traditions to honor the dead

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    Aztecan ritual in Los Angeles at Día de los Muertos festival on Olvera Street.
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    Fet Gede 2019 in New York City's Socrates Park. Photo credit: Haitian Times
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    Women in Port-au-Prince go to altar of Baron Samedi
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    Marie Leveau's tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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    Ancestral altar for Día de los Muertos

This weekend, three distinct cultures celebrate the life by paying homage to those who came before them. In Los Angeles, Louisiana and New York City, indigenous cultures that have survived colonialism, conquistadors, and slavery are still standing, even though they had to practice of form of syncretism, or blending to keep their spirituality

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Jazz-soul group, Ranky Tanky keeps Gullah roots at the center of music

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Pulling from a culture that sits at the center of American music, Ranky Tanky, a quintet from Charleston, South Carolina, pays homage to the Gullah tradition and ways in their songs.

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11-Day strike ends: Chicago Teachers Union reaches agreement with the City

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After months of contentious bargaining followed by an 11-day strike, the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to a tentative five-year contract and five days compensation for missed days during their work stoppage.

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Namesakes: AfricaTown, a 153 year-ago-old Alabama community founded to preserve West African cultural ties, becomes sister-city with another Africatown, an initiative to save Black Seattle

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Africatown, two Black communities with the same name, located across the country from each other, face a similar challenge—involuntary out-migration.

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The changing of San Francisco’s food, culture and identity

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Ark Republic followed up with Chef Wanda Blake on food culture in San Francisco. Through the waves of gentrification since the late 1960s, we wanted to know about the shift in the food culture of the city.

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From Atlanta to Nigeria: A Conversation on Gentrification

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For Ark Republic’s gentrification series, urban planner and professor, Nmadili Okwumabua, tells of her time spent at town halls in the early 2000s, with residents pushing back against encroaching developers.

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