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06/19/2020
Video: Uphill tenure battle for black professors

IVORY TOWER. Progress toward racial diversity on campus may suffer in the cutbacks expected after Covid 19. Here’s our story about one UVa professor and how his struggle with tenure connects with that issue. https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/uphill-tenure-battle-black-professors-71336038

ABC News’ David Wright reports on professor Paul Harris’s dispute with the University of Virginia over his tenure process, and the disparities black professors may face.

06/17/2020
Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

The great Nina Simone wrote this in response to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Performing it at Carnegie Hall for a mostly white audience, she told them, "This is a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it, yet."

That was the year I was born.

It is shameful our society has not made more progress on racial justice in all that time.

Mississippi Goddam then. Minnesota Goddam today. That one change aside, the lyrics, sadly, all still apply.

Here she is performing in the south of France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

"Mississippi Goddam" by Nina Simone Recording session: Live in Antibes, July 24-25, 1965. The sixth Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival took place from July ...

06/05/2020
Indianapolis, 1968: Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and a historic call for peace

On the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, it is worth remembering this great speech - the night Martin Luther King was killed a few months prior.

Two thoughts: it’s a shame we don’t have more compassionate leadership today. And it’s tragic we are still dealing with the same awful issues more than 50 years later

https://youtu.be/A2kWIa8wSC0

On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. to a majority-black crowd in an Indianapolis park. His impromptu speech is...

06/05/2020
Video: Tear gas, other compliance weapons may be increasing COVID-19 risks at protests

"I CAN'T BREATHE" Public health experts say police should not use tear gas or other chemical weapons for crowd control in a time of coronavirus. Here's our ABC News story: https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/tear-gas-compliance-weapons-increasing-covid-19-risks-71080049

ABC News’ David Wright reports on how the use of tear gas and other chemical agents against protesters could increase the risk of spreading coronavirus infections.

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06/04/2020

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STRONG MEN ALSO CRY. Manly tears are becoming more common these days and understandably so. But as a society we’re still...
05/30/2020
Can our leaders cry?

STRONG MEN ALSO CRY. Manly tears are becoming more common these days and understandably so. But as a society we’re still a little defensive about our leaders crying in public. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/leaders-cry-205002037.html

ABC News' David Wright looks at leaders both past and present shedding a tear, something happening more amid the COVID-19 crisis.

05/03/2020
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir

GRADUATION GIFT. An Ohio sheriffs deputy closes the social distance, one senior at a time. Our ABC News story:

SPECIAL SEND-OFF: Ohio Resource Officer Todd Hart did not let the coronavirus pandemic stop him from breaking his tradition to celebrate every senior graduating from his high school this spring. David Wright reports. #AmericaStrong

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04/28/2020

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04/27/2020
Video: What children miss from before COVID-19 crisis

Quarantine becomes harder, not easier, the longer it goes on. That's true for kids as well as grown ups. But kids are good at expressing what their hopes and their anxieties through art. Worldwide, their artwork shows some common themes. Here's our story for ABC News Live: https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/children-miss-covid-19-crisis-70342833

ABC News’ David Wright shows us children across the globe drawing what they miss most about the world and showing us how they are staying at home.

04/12/2020
Video: Dramatic changes to how millions will celebrate Easter weekend

However and with whomever you manage to celebrate, here’s wishing you a Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and/or, soon enough, Ramadan Mubarak. May God bless you and your families and help us all find our way through the challenges of the moment. Here’s our Good Morning America piece:

Ways the faithful can still participate and the religious leaders who plan to defy social distancing guidelines.

04/10/2020
Video: Mourners struggle as COVID-19 overwhelms funeral homes

Funerals honor the dead and comfort the living. Coronavirus is disrupting that too, robbing us of the rituals that help us cope with death

ABC's David Wright reports on the strain coronavirus has placed on mourners around the world due to social distancing standards, and how it's overwhelmed funeral homes.

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04/03/2020

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04/02/2020
COVID-19 empties out New York

What’s it like to be a New Yorker right now? Here’s our story for the new ABC News streaming channel.

ABC News' David Wright reports on how the disease has turned one of the biggest tourist destinations into a ghost town, and New Yorkers' continued struggle a...

Global Pandemic: CDC map of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide as of Saturday, March 21, 2020.
03/23/2020

Global Pandemic: CDC map of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide as of Saturday, March 21, 2020.

A must-read book review from Atul Gawande at the New Yorker examining “why Americans are dying of despair” - an epidemic...
03/17/2020
Why Americans Are Dying from Despair

A must-read book review from Atul Gawande at the New Yorker examining “why Americans are dying of despair” - an epidemic likely to get worse under corona, unless our public officials (and our employers, our health care system, our news media, our whole culture, really) can rise to the challenge of fixing what’s broken in the American dream.

The unfairness of our economy, two economists argue, can be measured not only in dollars but in deaths.

Stunning video from an Italian lawyer named Luca Volpe via la Repubblica. Rough translation: “It’s a difficult time, har...
03/16/2020
'Noi siamo l'Italia', il video condiviso sui social per dire che 'andrà tutto bene'

Stunning video from an Italian lawyer named Luca Volpe via la Repubblica. Rough translation: “It’s a difficult time, hard for all of us, but we mustn’t forget: we are Italy. Let’s remind Europe and the whole world. Hang in there. it’ll all be okay”

Lo hanno ripreso in molti, su Twitter e su Facebook, dagli utenti comuni a personaggi del mondo dello spettacolo come Paola Turci, che scrive:...

Here’s some important perspective from Anne Applebaum at The Atlantic:
03/15/2020
The Coronavirus Called America’s Bluff

Here’s some important perspective from Anne Applebaum at The Atlantic:

Like Japan in the mid-1800s, the United States now faces a crisis that disproves everything the country believes about itself.

We picked up groceries for two neighbors today.  And borrowed a wrench from another.  I also encountered a different nei...
03/14/2020
Mister Rogers said to 'look for the helpers.' Here's how to help amid coronavirus panic.

We picked up groceries for two neighbors today. And borrowed a wrench from another. I also encountered a different neighbor in the elevator of our building cleaning each of the buttons with a Clorox wipe.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/13/mr-fred-rogers-find-helpers-quote-coronavirus-how-help-neighbors-kindness/5041005002/

Consider being a good neighbor. It can help alleviate any feelings of helplessness you may face as the virus continues to spread worldwide.

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03/02/2020

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02/25/2020

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01/13/2020
Video: Pelosi insists Trump's removal from office not a lost cause

BRANDED. President Trump complains that the "stigma of impeachment" is unfairly attached to his name. Speaker Pelosi says it'll be there for life, no matter what the Senate does next. Here's our @ABCWorldNews story:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s not ruling out a House subpoena for former National Security Adviser John Bolton if Senate Republicans rule out calling witnesses.

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Thank you. Your courage and your integrity are appreciated by many.
I think ABC has treated you very unfairly. You should have every right to have a political opinion of your own just like others. Brit Hume on FOX makes no attempt to hide how he feels. Sean Hannity is Trump's mouthpiece! My employer can't muzzle me! I can write a letter to the editor critical of Trump and I work for the government! I am very disappointed with ABC News and think I would like to see you on NBC or CBS. I will watch ABC less! Are they going to go after George Stephanopolis next?
Why is it that ABC NEWS has higher standards than the POTUS. Brian Wright Suspended as well as Matt Gutman. Brian Ross fired. None of them told lies intentionally.
When will you be back?
I'm sorry ABC has suspended a true American patriot as yourself.. I pray the rest of our country can see your sacrifice as an unveiling of the ABC corporation's deeply disturbing corruption that willfully ignores the American people and keeps them uniformed.. I hope the world sees them as the fake news they really are.. You have my complete support and I will do everything I can to help expose this heinous injustice to you and the US citizens.. God bless
Thank you for your principled journalism.
Shame on ABC "News" shooting the messenger for telling the truth!
THANK YOU for standing up for integrity and honesty in journalism. I hope you leave ABC and find a rewarding job where you can bring unbiased news to "We the People".