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Where to see fall colors this week

Sep 22, 2016

This weekend is the first official fall weekend of the year. What better way to celebrate than to take a road trip to northwestern Minnesota in search of fall colors?

That's the best spot to see changing leaves this week, with that corner of the state approaching 50 to 75 percent turned.

The rest of Minnesota is starting to catch up, though much of the North Star State is still relatively green.

Give it time, leaf-peepers.

You can track the progression of red, gold and orange across the state with the DNR's interactive color finder map.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Stephen G. Peters, founder of the nationally recognized Gentlemen's and Ladies Club programs, author, and superintendent-elect of the Laurens County School District 55 in South Carolina.

Gov. Kate Brown has chosen a veteran LGBT campaigner to run her election effort.

Thomas Wheatley has replaced Michael Kolenc, who was suddenly fired earlier this month. Chris Pair, a campaign spokesman said Wheatley started last week.

The breathtaking sadness of seeing a boy suffering amid Syria's civil war has prompted a breathtaking offer of hospitality and kindness.

The sight of shell-shocked 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo, left many people speechless last month. It also prompted a New York boy named Alex to write to President Obama with a simple request: "Can you please go get him" so Omran can become part of Alex's family?

Malheur occupiers traffic stop

Sep 22, 2016
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Portland's Terminal 1

Sep 22, 2016
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Tigerlily

Sep 22, 2016
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The completion of a US weapons deal with Israel worth $38 billion clears the way for two of Israel's Arab neighbors to buy US fighter jets.

Qatar wants to buy 36 Boeing F-15 fighter jets. Kuwait has been waiting to buy 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. “Those have been on hold for years now,” says journalist Dan De Luce, who follows defense matters for Foreign Policy.

Say one thing for certain: The lists don't lack for leading lights.

When President Obama doled out the 2015 National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals on Thursday, plenty of the artists and arts patrons he draped with awards had familiar names — including Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Terry Gross and nearly two dozen others.

Until Sept. 19, if diners had wanted to see Yelp reviews for Elizabeth, N.J., restaurant First American Fried Chicken, they would have found just two of them, praising the food, wide selection and late hours. Now, the majority of reviews give the restaurant one star, refer to the owners as "terrorists," talk about "72 virgin bucket specials" and mention — repeatedly — that their chicken is "the bomb."

More than a year to the date music venue Red 7 shuttered its doors, Mayor Steve Adler announced a plan to financially buttress the city’s live music spots in the form of a $10 million “minibond.”

Less than a year after China suspended its one-child policy, officials in the central Chinese city of Yichang are asking public servants to have two children.

The request came in a public memo from municipal officials posted to the city government website. After more than 35 years, China relaxed one-child restrictions in January, allowing couples nationwide to have a second child if they want to.

Art Hounds: Three theater pieces

Sep 22, 2016

This week on Art Hounds: "Death of a Salesman," "Our Town" and "Queen."

The City Comptroller's Economic Vision

Sep 22, 2016

Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller, lays out his economic vision for the city.

 

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