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Wide-Ranging K-Pop Scandal Rocks South Korea

South Korea’s entertainment industry was upended this week after a celebrity’s cell phone, which was in for repairs, revealed widespread alleged acts of sexual misconduct. YG Entertainment, which is tied closely to the stars at the center of the scandal, has seen its stock fluctuate this week as high-profile K-pop singers tied to it were …

US Cheesemakers Growing, Changing With the Times

In the U.S. these days, cheese is emerging as a product and point of pride that in some circles. That was clear at the United States Championship Cheese Contest held in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last week. A crowd of approximately 500 people packed into a ballroom to see a U.S. Cheese Championship winner named, and …

Italian Police Identify 6 Suspects in Fake Modigliani Show

Italy’s art police say they have identified six suspects in connection with a 2017 Modigliani exhibit that was comprised mostly of fakes. The Carabinieri art squad announced Wednesday that the suspects include an artist who may have counterfeited works of Amedeo Modigliani; two collectors, including an American who procured most of the contested works; the …

Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser Wins Iditarod Dog Sled Race

Pete Kaiser has become the latest Alaska Native to win the Iditarod dog sled race. Kaiser won the race for the first time early Wednesday, crossing the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom. Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea …

Laughter Can Bring Attention to Global Refugee Crisis, US Comic says

Most people wouldn’t consider the global refugee crisis a laughing matter, but American comic actor Ben Stiller says humor can help draw people’s attention to it. Humor can help tell the stories of the more than 25 million refugees around the world, said the actor in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday. …

US Pawn Shops Offer Loans for Hidden Treasures

You never know what you will find in a pawnshop.  Where else can you find a snow blower parked next to a mink jacket? Or an ornate 19th century mantle clock from France next to modern-day laptop computers? At Top Dollar Pawn in Waldorf, Maryland, a man comes in wanting to sell the gold caps …

Kenya’s Lone Ice Hockey Team

The first and only ice hockey team in Kenya continues to defy the odds by playing and practicing the sport in one of the few ice rinks found across Eastern and Central Africa. This pioneer team is now inspiring a new generation of ice hockey players who hope to expand the sport in Kenya. Training …

Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Tokyo Olympics Clock Hits 500-day Mark

Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go.   Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The pictogram system was first used extensively in 1964 when the Japanese capital lasted hosted the Olympics _ just 19 years after the end …

Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team Inspires New Generation of Players

The first and only ice hockey team in Kenya continues to defy the odds by playing and practicing the sport in the only solar ice rink in Eastern and Central Africa. This pioneer team is now inspiring a new generation of ice hockey players who hope to expand the sport in Kenya. Rael Ombuor reports …

Free Books Inspire Love of Reading in DC’s Youngest Residents

When Washington resident Joshua Clark snuggles with his son in a comfy armchair and reads to him, it brings back uncomfortable memories. Reading for fun “I remember my mom almost forcing me to read books [for] those summer reports right before you got back to school, and it was tough,” he says. And it became …