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A philanthropy grandmaster

The philanthropist who brought chess to New York City’s public schools dies

A New York moment: 

Chess is ubiquitous in New York City schools nowadays (Success Academy, a large charter school network in the city, requires students to take chess classes from kindergarten through second grade). That ubiquity is partly due to New York philanthropist Lewis Cullman, who recently died at age 100. In 1986, before the teaching of chess to youngsters as a life skill was popular, Lewis Cullman founded and funded a group called Chess in the Schools. The chess program teaches children at Title 1 schools, or schools serving primarily low-income populations. 

“I believe that, given the opportunity, every child has the power to both ... succeed in life and help others,” Cullman had said. “But I also believe that many children are not given that opportunity.”

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Protesters march through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday. (Vincent Yu/AP)

‘Sing hallelujah to the Lord’

Christians are a highly visible presence in Hong Kong protests

Tides of protesters dressed in black flooded the streets of Hong Kong for the second consecutive Sunday to protest the controversial extradition bill that could see residents sent to mainland China to stand trial.

According to organizers’ estimates, nearly two million people attended the march, making it the biggest protest in the city’s history with more than a quarter of the population participating. The police estimate a much lower turnout of 338,000.

Although Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Saturday that she would indefinitely suspend the bill, protesters nearly doubled in number from the previous Sunday’s protest. Many were infuriated after police used excessive force on young protesters on Wednesday.

On Sunday evening, Lam apologized for government inadequacies that led to “many citizens feeling disappointed and upset.” Still, protesters were unsatisfied, calling for Lam’s resignation, the withdrawal of the extradition bill, and accountability for police violence. They called for Hong Kong police to rescind the description of the June 12 protest as a “riot.” If prosecuted for rioting, convicted protesters could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Protesters march through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday. (Vincent Yu/AP)

‘Sing hallelujah to the Lord’

Christians are a highly visible presence in Hong Kong protests

Tides of protesters dressed in black flooded the streets of Hong Kong for the second consecutive Sunday to protest the controversial extradition bill that could see residents sent to mainland China to stand trial.

According to organizers’ estimates, nearly two million people attended the march, making it the biggest protest in the city’s history with more than a quarter of the population participating. The police estimate a much lower turnout of 338,000.

Although Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Saturday that she would indefinitely suspend the bill, protesters nearly doubled in number from the previous Sunday’s protest. Many were infuriated after police used excessive force on young protesters on Wednesday.

On Sunday evening, Lam apologized for government inadequacies that led to “many citizens feeling disappointed and upset.” Still, protesters were unsatisfied, calling for Lam’s resignation, the withdrawal of the extradition bill, and accountability for police violence. They called for Hong Kong police to rescind the description of the June 12 protest as a “riot.” If prosecuted for rioting, convicted protesters could face up to 10 years in prison.

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