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Hmong News

Seeking Serenity in a Patch of California Land

Community gardens for immigrant groups can provide familiar foods that are hard to find in the grocery store. They can also be a balm for alienation and depression.

Vietnam's Bilingual Experiment

The country’s bilingual education programs for minority students could help close some socioeconomic gaps.

Lia Lee Dies; Life Went On Around Her, Redefining Care

The story of Lia Lee, the severely brain-damaged daughter of Hmong refugees, inspired a book that affected the way American medicine is practiced across cultures.

Still Secret After 30 Years?

An internal C.I.A. report on how the intelligence community decided that “yellow rain” was a chemical weapon should be made public.

A Hmong Generation Finds Its Voice in Writing

As the first generation to grow up with a written language — rather than the traditional spoken word — the members of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle are addressing a new kind of coming of age in America.

Vietnam: Hmong Protest Quashed

Security forces quashed a rare protest of hundreds of ethnic Hmong calling for an independent state, officials said Thursday.

For a Hmong Hero, a Lavish Farewell

Vang Pao was no plain Hmong elder, and his death last month at age 81 has brought forth no ordinary grief for an uprooted nation of Hmong refugees who regarded him as something near a king.

Gen. Vang Pao, Laotian Who Aided U.S., Dies at 81

Vang Pao was a charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents.

Vietnam, Above the Clouds

In Vietnam’s far north, Ha Giang province is a region of dazzling slopes, serrated ridges and hanging valleys just opening up to foreign visitors.

For Hmong Hunters, a Guiding Voice in Their New Home

A radio host translates California’s wildlife regulations for fellow Hmong immigrants, bridging the gap between tradition and law.

Local News

12-year-old Peachtree Corners girl returns home

Gwinnett County Police are looking for Kelsie Lee, a missing 12-year-old girl from Peachtree Corners.

Pollen counts 23 times higher than last year

Swollen eyes? Running nose? Scratchy throat?  Blame the pollen. Pollen counts in Atlanta Monday were 23 times the count on the same day in 2013.  

Iranian linked to stolen passports on doomed jet

Beijing sent two delegations here Monday to probe stolen passports as reports surfaced that an Iranian man purchased the two tickets used by those passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared Saturday off the coast of Vietnam.

Snowden calls for 'accountability' in surveillance chat

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says the NSA is "setting fire to the future of the Internet" with surveillance practices he first revealed last year.

Police chase, then rescue suspect from burning car

Suspect crashed into a utility pole and was rescued just before the car burst into flames.

2-year-old uses Facetime to save mom's life

A two-year-old is being hailed as a hero for saving his mother's life.

Protesters press for changes in stand your ground law

Hundreds of marchers joined the parents of slain black teens Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin and the Rev. Al Sharpton to call Monday for changes to Florida's stand your ground law.

Church taken to court to stop sale of donated land

Some Gwinnett County residents are taking a Methodist church to court. The argument is over hundreds of acres of property given to the church as green space that is now on sale.

HERO CENTRAL: Girl dials 911 with deactivated phone

A 10-year-old from Oconee County found a way to call 911 that many adults may not know.

Author: more seniors choosing illegal Golden Girls homes

Metro Atlanta baby boomer writing a book about more senior citizens choosing to violate zoning ordinances for companionship and cost savings

Health & Wellness

Pollen counts 23 times higher than last year

Swollen eyes? Running nose? Scratchy throat?  Blame the pollen. Pollen counts in Atlanta Monday were 23 times the count on the same day in 2013.  

Men breastfeeding photographs fight stigma

A shirtless man holds an infant to his chest with the caption "Project Breastfeeding: If I could, I would." Much to Hector Cruz's surprise, the photos have gone viral. 

Fast food fix: Easy crockpot chicken and veggies recipe

Here's an easy and cheap recipe for crockpot chicken and veggies!

Dress in Blue on Friday for colon cancer awareness

Friday marks the sixth annual National Dress in Blue Day, which is geared toward bringing attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by the disease.

Gallup: Ga. residents not among most obese

The good news: Georgia is not among the top 10 states with the most obese residents. The bad news: Georgia is not among the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates either.

Smoking ban eyed for Smyrna parks

A draft ordinance to ban smoking in Smyrna parks was presented Monday at a city council work session.

Senate passes bill cutting abortion coverage

The Senate is scheduled to consider more than thirty bills. A controversial abortion bill is among them. It could cut coverage for state employees and those participating in the Affordable Care Act. 

Moving the medical marijuana bill over the next hurdle

Little Haleigh Cox became the face of the medical marijuana debate in Georgia. Now there are hopes the next hurdle can be overcome -- moving the bill from the House to the state Senate.

379 file lawsuit over shared HIV test results

A local lawyer is calling it an inexcusable breach of trust: the HIV Status of 379 area men and women shared with a magazine in town. 

Mom faces backlash over breastfeeding tweet

A California woman urging Delta Air Lines to craft or post a policy for nursing mothers has been called "every name you can possibly imagine" after posting her request on Twitter.

Business News

Pizza chain Sbarro files for bankruptcy

The Sbarro pizza restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy court protection Monday, less than three weeks after it was forced to close more than 40% of its U.S. locations.

Porsche's hybrid sports car arrives via Ga. port

Porsche's new hybrid sports cars are arriving aboard ships docking at the Port of Brunswick.

Blank, MLS Commissioner welcome Atlanta's appetite for soccer

As 68,000 soccer fans filled the Georgia Dome with enthusiastic cheers Wednesday night, Arthur Blank was entertaining Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer in his suite.

Bitcoin exchange CEO found dead in Singapore

The American CEO of a Bitcoin and virtual currency exchange was found dead in her Singapore apartment late last month, multiple sources report.

Are you ready for the Oregon Raiders?

The Oakland Raiders' lease with the Coliseum ends after the 2014 season, and the city of Portland is waiting to pounce on an opportunity to bring an NFL franchise to the state of Oregon.

March Madness ramps up coverage... and wasted work hours

This year, March Madness gets even crazier whether you watch at home, work or on the go. Three in ten people will watch from work. 

Quiznos preparing to file for bankruptcy

Quiznos is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection within the next few weeks due to declining sales and about $570 million in debt, according to reports published late last week.

Roku launches $49 streaming stick

 Roku on Tuesday poked a stick straight at Google's Chromecast with an updated version of its own Roku Streaming Stick - a thumb-drive sized media streamer that is now $49.99 and can be used on any TV with an HDMI input.

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

RadioShack said Tuesday it will close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

Report: Facebook to acquire drone maker

Facebook is in talks to acquire a drone manufacturer to help blanket parts of the world without Internet, according to TechCrunch.


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