A recent Harvard study found people living in more diverse societies turn away from community interaction and volunteer less—with the exception of evangelical Christians, who have been increasingly willing to welcome faithful from all parts of the globe while maintaining their community focus. The NYT profiles the experiences of one such "international" congregation in Georgia.
The WP reports that a local campaign may have crossed an unusual line—using a blog comment written under a pseudonym as a source for an attack ad.
More and more campaign money is coming from Americans living abroad, says the NYT. Obama and Giuliani lead the pack by appealing to wealthy ex-pats living in London, Paris, and Hong Kong.
How did all that O.J. memorabilia end up in that Vegas hotel room? Why was O.J. trying to get it all back? The LAT does an admirable job of fitting the pieces together.
The WP fronts and the NYT teases Giuliani's speech to the NRA. In truth, several candidates made speeches to the association that day, including Democratic candidate Bill Richardson, but Giuliani's speech is the most newsworthy, as he had the most to prove and the most to lose. The NYT focuses on Giuliani's partial about-face on gun control, saying he'd oppose any new restrictions. Despite the concessions, however, the WP focuses on the candidate's failure to win many hearts and minds with the speech.
The State Department has hired a team to post on Arabic message boards with pro-American messages, so says the NYT.
Inside, the WP notes the failure of what was once considered one of the most promising AIDS vaccines.
Parking Up the Wrong Tree ...
The LAT covers an unusual citywide protest favoring more space for parks. Protesters set up temporary Astroturf parks in parking spots to draw attention to the city's preference for blacktop over green spaces. It's worth reading if only for the confused, almost wounded, quotes from locals trying to understand protesting about parks in neighborhoods where not everyone has enough to eat.
Jesse Stanchak is a writer living in Washington, D.C.