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Nonprofits Reporter, Bay Citizen and California Watch

Religion reporter @CIRonline, ex-housing beat. I enjoy strong coffee, puns of any variety, and the great outdoors. Get in touch: aharris@cironline.org

Stanford drops list of 'easy' classes for athletes

sfgate.com — The classes on the list were "always chock-full of athletes and very easy A's," said Kira Maker, a soccer player who used the list her freshman year. Many of its student athletes, in fact, have distinguished themselves in the classroom, notably football stars Andrew Luck, who has a 3.5 GPA, and Owen Marecic, who plans to graduate this year with a degree in human biology.

What made this Bay Area housing agency one of the worst in the country

beta.cironline.org — There are 4,055 public housing agencies across the U.S., and we've spent the past year writing about one of the worst. The federal government recently removed Richmond, California, from its worst-of-the-worst list, and we're wrapping up our coverage.

Many appliances bought by Richmond Housing Authority go missing

sfgate.com — Apartment 119 at the Nystrom Village public housing project in Richmond should have had a little white stove in the kitchen. The Richmond Housing Authority bought the stove new for $282 in August 2007 from General Electric Co. It was delivered by truck several days later to the maintenance warehouse and, authority records say, it was installed in the apartment that November.

New appliances disappearing from troubled California housing agency

beta.cironline.org — RICHMOND, Calif. - Apartment 119 at the Nystrom Village public housing project should have had a little white stove in the kitchen. The Richmond Housing Authority bought the stove new for $282 in August 2007 from General Electric Co.

American Music Awards 2014: Special nod for Taylor Swift as One Direction clean up with three gongs

standard.co.uk — The boy band - who also took to the stage to perform Night Changes - were thrilled to pick up the trophies for Best Pop/Rock Band and Best Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories, as well as the prestigious Artist of the Year award at the annual ceremony at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.

Chefs Colin Fassnidge and Nathan Sasi involved in bitter Twitter war

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X Factor contestants brace for double elimination as David Guetta is set to perform

standard.co.uk — Out of the seven remaining acts, one will leave on Saturday's show and another will get the boot after Sunday's sing-off. Viewers have already seen a double elimination this series when Lola Saunders and Jack Walton made their exit during the Halloween-themed Fright Night weekend.

Fabulous Christmas tree, darling: Kylie Minogue and Anna Kendrick join the stars for unveiling of D&G tree at Claridge's

standard.co.uk — A-listers including Hollywood actress Anna Kendrick, pop princess Kylie Minogue and Strictly Come Dancing's Pixie Lott rubbed shoulders with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at the glittering Mayfair bash. Design legends Dolce and Gabbana invited some of their showbiz pals along to the event as they unveiled the specially styled Christmas tree as a gift to the famous London hotel.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini becomes first British female to celebrate five number one singles

standard.co.uk — The former Girls Aloud star's latest song, I Don't Care, entered the charts at the top spot last night, making her the only British female to celebrate five number ones after Crazy Stupid Love also topped the charts earlier this year. I Don't Care knocked Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud off the top spot.

Meet Australia’s best voice-over artists, working in a competitive industry worth millions

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Dec 18, 2014

Really disappointed that after 12 episodes of @serial, the girl didn't figure out how to say "mail chimp. -- @thejoelstein

Dec 18, 2014

It's been 302 days since the Hacienda housing project in Richmond was deemed uninhabitable. Residents are still there pic.twitter.com/lFIq8N7VMN

Dec 18, 2014

"Blankenship conceded to me that mountaintop removal mining prob couldn't be conducted without committing violations" nyti.ms/1AeP5F9

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