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For the love of the Amish: Japanese can’t get enough of the Plain-sect culture
When local Amish expert Donald Kraybill gave talks in Japan this past May, he noticed an amazing thing.
His audiences appeared to be made up of row upon row of surgeons.
The people behind the white masks weren't really doctors, it turned out — they were simply trying to protect themselves during a swine flu scare.
Their fears didn't keep them out of the lecture halls, however. The Japanese have long been fascinated with the Old Order Amish.
The love affair continues to bloom; in fact, it might not be an overstatement to call this Japan's Summer of the Amish.
Finding space for Fido
by Dan Van Ness
This is not the story about a violent crime or even school bullying. But it concerns a problem contributing to the quality of life of people in a neighborhood, and of the dogs that some of them own.
Dog owners in the Kingfield neighbourhood of Minneapolis want a place for their pets to run free. While there is no park in their district that allows this, some of them unleash their dogs anyhow.
Harvard scholar versus Cambridge police
by Lisa Rea
Most of us have heard all about the police incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard Square. A Harvard scholar by the name of Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his home after a neighbor called the police concerned someone was breaking into the house. This occurred at 12:30pm after Gates had just returned to his home from an international flight to China.