Community development organizations, nonprofits and city planners in St. Louis have formed a partnership to address the city's vacancy issues, which include 7,100 abandoned buildings.
Todd Bol started Little Free Library, a nonprofit that stations colorfully painted boxes filled with free children's books, in Wisconsin in 2009 to honor his mother and instill a love of reading in children. The initiative has expanded to include 60,000 locations in all 50 states and in 80 countries, sharing about 43.8 million books annually.
The Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative in Oregon plans to build 1,000 new homes in the North Portland and Northeast Portland neighborhoods with the goal of attracting more black families to the area. The nonprofit said 800 of the homes would be sold to new homeowners to help establish generational wealth for the city's black population.
Brown University graduate Robert Carney and his wife, Nancy, have donated $100 million to boost research into diseases such as Alzheimer's and ALS. In honor of the gift, the school's brain institute will be renamed the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science.
Women who regularly watched "The X-Files" in the 1990s were more 50% more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, proving "The Scully Effect" is real, according to new data from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "The role of media is to inspire our cultural beliefs or our societal norms, and when you look at 63% of the women who were familiar with Dana Scully said that she increased their belief in the importance of STEM, that's really a societal norm shift," said Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute. "In the case of 'The Scully Effect,' it shows that when, in media, we have nontraditional roles for women and girls it helps them envision these pathways for themselves."
Barbara Bush, the former first lady of the United States, has died at the age of 92. Bush championed literacy during her time in the White House and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to promote the importance of education for preschool children and their parents.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un two weeks ago to begin talks about a possible meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, the White House confirmed today. The two leaders are expected to meet in early June to discuss North Korea's nuclear program.
Navy pilot George H.W. Bush sent many letters to his fiancee Barbara Pierce during World War II, and all were lost except one, which has been going viral after Barbara Bush's death. In the letter dated Dec. 12, 1943, George expressed how happy Barbara made him and how he couldn't wait to return home to her.
A United Nations security team assessing the situation in the Syrian town of Douma has taken gunfire, which has delayed the arrival of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons until the area is secure. Officials in France and the US say the delay could be used to impede the investigation.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee is urging the Maldives to allow former President Mohamed Nasheed to run for office again, noting Nasheed's right to a fair trial was violated when he was convicted of terrorism. The Maldives government denies Nasheed's rights were violated and is upholding a ruling that bars him from running in presidential elections for 16 years.