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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Dominican Americans

Mar 15, 2011 — Jon Michaud, the librarian for The New Yorker, has written a debut novel about high school lovers in upper Manhattan who go on to live very different lives. Both immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Tito and Clara's paths diverge. Michaud's novel is a heartfelt rumination on escaping one's fate.
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Oct 21, 2008 — Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the story of an overweight, lovesick "ghetto nerd."
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May 2, 2008 — Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Set in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, the novel explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once, with prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence.
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Oct 18, 2007 — Novelist Junot Diaz's first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once. Set in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the novel follows the story of Oscar Wao in prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence.
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Oct 14, 2007The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Junot Diaz's first novel. It arrives 10 years after Drown, his critically acclaimed collection of short stories. Diaz calls the book a "mashup" of Dominican and American cultures.
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Aug 28, 2007 — More than a decade ago, New Jersey writer Junot Diaz, a Rutgers graduate whose family emigrated from the Dominican Republic, made a huge debut with his collection of stories, Drown. Next week, his first novel appears.
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