I need to say a few words about the events that have unfolded in Baltimore these past few weeks. To start, I want to say something about the riots themselves. I started working in the Baltimore City Public Schools right around the time of the 1968 riots. I spent more than 30 years working in the city, and a couple of things stand out to me. The most disturbing fact is that more than 40 years later, little has changed. Poverty, drugs, unemployment and violence continue to be the order of the day.
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Pope Francis will meet Cuban President Raul Castro in a "strictly private" meeting on Sunday, only four months before the pontiff will travel to the Caribbean Island nation, the Vatican has announced.
Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi announced the visit in a brief statement late Tuesday evening, saying: "I confirm that Sunday May 10, in the course of the morning, the Holy Father will receive in a strictly private way the President of the Republic of Cuba, Mr. Raul Castro Ruz."
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In a 1967 speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. offered an analysis of urban riots that is worth reading today.
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