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From arty chocolates to a baseball shake-up, here’s the best of OZY this week.

It’s been a compelling and emotional week in the news, with two key events in the #MeToo movement: the sentencing of Bill Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, and Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In other news, the world came to New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly, where we learned that North Korea is President Trump’s friend, but Canada is not. Trump also elicited laughter from global leaders when he boasted about his historical accomplishments in office.

Now that the weekend has arrived, it’s time to relax and settle in with some great reading. Here are 10 of our favorite stories on OZY this week.

No. 1: Beyond Black Girl Magic: The Power of 4 Black Women, and How Obama Told Them Race Didn’t Matter

The new memoir For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics reveals hard truths about the Democratic Party and tips for those trying to rise up.
Why You Should Care: Because African-American women are flexing new muscle in American politics.

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No. 2: Posh Choc: The British Banker Giving French Bonbons an African Makeover

This is what happens when you infuse artful confections with intense fillings.
Why You Should Care: Because sweet things can come from swapping investment banking for chocolate.

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No. 3: In the Spotlight: What Gandhi’s Wife Taught Him About Nonviolent Resistance

Mahatma Gandhi revolutionized the tactics of nonviolent protest, and one of his first lessons in its power came from his own home.
Why You Should Care: Because nonviolence, like charity, begins at home.

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No. 4: Green Light: The Stoplight Battling to End Poverty

This self-evaluation tool is helping families in 30 countries pull themselves out of poverty and offering organizations insight into their efficacy.
Why You Should Care: Ranking their own situation red, green or amber gives families the agency to help themselves.

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No. 5: Flashback: The Sordid and Dangerous History of Hazing

Hazing in higher education has a long and not-so-illustrious history.
Why You Should Care: Because never in the field of higher education have so many died so pointlessly for so little.

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No. 6: Meet: The Pit Bull Lover Fighting Trump’s Battles on Capitol Hill

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Shahira Knight is always juggling several crises at once. A Democratic Congress would push her into overtime.
Why You Should Care: She’s the fulcrum for Trump getting his legislative vision accomplished.

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No. 7: Need to Know: The Cardinals Shook Up Their Staff. Now They’re Shaking Up Baseball

St. Louis’ recent success has turned heads around the league, and its methods may soon be replicated.
Why You Should Care: Because baseball is a sport that begs to be quantified.

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No. 8: This Guy: The Paramilitary Leader Who Still Lives With His Mom

Andrej Šiško drew global attention with his military drills. Who is this far-right leader in Melania Trump’s homeland?
Why You Should Care: Europe could be seeing another hard shift to the right in Slovenia.

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No. 9: Good Sh*t: These Spoons Lick the Plate for You. Seriously

These self-saucing and licking spoons are designed to make you rethink the way you bring food to your mouth.
Why You Should Care: Because it will make you question how you eat.

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No. 10: True Story: When I Was Raped

While time might minimize the sting of a lot of life’s miseries, not so much so for a high school rape, which for one lawyer still lingers.
Why You Should Care: Because you might forget a lot of things, but not this.

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