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At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations. Last year, when America was represented by President Obama, the missive was 32 pages long and outlined many subjects of "common values and principles." Among other things, the group committed to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord.

Two people are dead and one was injured after a stabbing on a train in Portland, Ore., on Friday afternoon.

The Writer's Almanac: May 27, 2017

May 27, 2017

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In Puerto Rico, students are protesting austerity measures and the lack of potable water on the island. In the Puerto Rican diaspora, there's another big story: The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City is losing sponsors. A lot of them.

First, it was Goya Foods, the largest Latino-owned food company in the United States. Goya had been a sponsor of the Puerto Rican Day Parade since the beginning, 60 years ago, until it pulled sponsorship last week.

Robert Jenkins was only 21 when he started balding. It was a condition he'd expected given that his dad had been bald for as long as he could remember. What Jenkins did not expect, however, is that he'd have to deal with hair loss at such a young age.

He wasn't prepared for it.

"I had a lot of low self-esteem, I started to get depressed," Jenkins, now 28, says. "I wouldn't go to events. I would stay in the house because I was just embarrassed."

It's planting time in America. Farmers are spending long days on their tractors, pulling massive planters across millions of acres of farmland, dropping corn and soybean seeds into the ground.

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Back when Stefani McCoy was 17, she felt isolated and depressed. Her mother was raising her solo while her father battled drug addiction. One day, she decided she was done with going to school. "No one could talk me out of it," says McCoy, who soon ended up living out of her car.

Eleven years later, she's in the Peace Corps, trying to help dropouts in Namibia in a similar situation.

As McCoy says, "They're me in African form."

What a week it's been for education news. Let's begin NPR Ed's weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday ...

DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis

It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump's long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn't happen.

Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children's National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89.

His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram:

In a Saturday morning statement, former President Obama called Brzezinski a "passionate advocate for American leadership."

There's a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, yet now it's back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico. But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away.

"Getting high in your car in front of the store; that ain't a big deal," says Miranda Kirk.

Grab your passport and sunglasses because we are going on an intercontinental adventure.

We will journey to the Amazon to discover the secret history of Wonder Woman, hop over to New Orleans to hear the funk-soul of Tank and the Bangas and fly home to Portland to hear about the clown who inspired "The Simpsons" character Krusty the Clown.

A virtual trip to the pyramids? An interactive hologram of the universe?

Virtual and augmented reality has the potential to transform the classroom and how we learn everything from history to astronomy to engineering.

Take, for example, the transmission of a car. Like many complex systems, it’s a beast to teach. To understand how it works, students have to take it apart and then rely on their imaginations to picture how all the disassembled pieces fit and operate together once turned on, with many parts spinning at multiple speeds in multiple directions.

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