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PHOTO SHOOT, the second novel in a Channey Moran series of environmentally conscious thrillers by Jon Michael Riley

PHOTO SHOOT, the second novel in a Channey Moran series of environmentally conscious thrillers by Jon Michael Riley

Western North Carolina resident Jon Michael Riley, author of fiction novels based on actual major events in recent history, has released the second book in his Channey Moran action/thriller series. Photo Shoot brings the reader face to face  with Somali pirates during the kidnapping of a group of American tourists. Propelled into a gripping evaluation of his life, Channey must survive a rescue mission headed by the notorious Roy Roy while deciding to what lengths he will go to help people he doesn’t even know.  Join us at Malaprops Bookstore 6pm Thursday, March 29th.

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North Carolina State POLICY WATCH

North Carolina State POLICY WATCH

Signs of hope amidst the horror
Cracks are forming in the NRA’s death grip on American politics

By Rob Schofield   2/19/18

At some point, it’s going to happen.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, shifting attitudes in the American body politic will reach a tipping point and the death grip that the gun lobby has on our government will begin to ease and, perhaps, even collapse. It’s not likely to happen right away or be pretty or pleasant – thousands more children, women and men will have to die unnecessarily and prematurely – but, it’s definitely going to happen.

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REWRITING LIFE STORIES – Donate to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

REWRITING LIFE STORIES – Donate to Help Asheville Children Read To Succeed!

The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle. 

Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).

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To GET THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PASSED IN 2019 – Here’s something you can do that’s easy

To GET THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PASSED IN 2019 – Here’s something you can do that’s easy

FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR KEYBOARD

**COPY AND PASTE this into an EMAIL & send to your Reps and Senators over and over again now through 2019

Dear _______________________

Please pledge to co-sponsor and support the Equal Rights Amendment when it comes up in the 2019 legislative session. The ERA will ensure constitutional equality for women and men equally. Thank you for considering my views.

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RUN FOR THE PAWS & bring your dog to support with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

RUN FOR THE PAWS & bring your dog to support with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Rain or Shine!
9am — 1:30pm
Carrier Park
Asheville, NC

Run for the Paws is the only 5K in Western North Carolina where dogs aren’t just allowed, they’re invited! Join hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged friends as we run and walk to raise money for pets in need.

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Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

In the wake of yesterday’s violence, our country faces an all too familiar tragedy. At a Florida High School, 17 people were killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in US history. As we sort through this tragedy, it is critical to remember that violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum.

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MALAPROPS BOOKSTORE & CAFE – February & March Events

MALAPROPS BOOKSTORE & CAFE – February & March Events

Friday, February 16 at 6 pm

KRISTIN HANNAH presents THE GREAT ALONE at UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall*

Ticketed Event!

Join us for a celebration of bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s gorgeous new novel set on the frontier of Alaska in the mid-70s. You know and love her from The Nightingale. Here’s your chance to get your hands on her newest book and meet this prolific and acclaimed scribe. Great Smokies Writer Program (our co-sponsor) teacher Christine Hale will interview Hannah onstage.

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Molly Peacock – poet and performance artist

Any woman, at any stage of her life, can stop to examine her own history, experience and personal power and marvel at what she’s learned…My definition of performance? Knowing you have to do your best, not only because people out there are expecting it but because you’ve learned that you really have your best to give.

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URBAN NEWS – Gateway to the Multicultural Community

URBAN NEWS – Gateway to the Multicultural Community

Submit your news tip or story ideas! Please contact us about advertising online or in print. The Urban news is a powerful tool for your business. Reach Western North Carolina multicultural community.

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Updates on the French Broad River Kerosene Spill from Our Riverkeeper

Updates on the French Broad River Kerosene Spill from Our Riverkeeper

French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson and Watershed Outreach Coordinator Anna Alsobrook are actively monitoring the kerosene spill that occurred on Sunday, February 4 at Mountain Energy’s bulk fuel facility at 288 Lyman Street in Asheville when a storage tank leaked between 1,000 and 4,000 gallons of fuel into the French Broad River.

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RUTH SAYS: MAKE WOMEN A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION in 2018-2019!

RUTH SAYS: MAKE WOMEN A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION in 2018-2019!

Here’s why our children and grandchildren need a Bipartisan Effort to have the Equal Rights Amendment ratified NOW!: 

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NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools: What Actually Works? Feb. 28

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools: What Actually Works? Feb. 28

2017 MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT FELLOW & NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE STAFF WRITER

“ENDING RACIAL INEQUITY IN OUR SCHOOLS: WHAT  ACTUALLY WORKS?”

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28     RECEPTION AT 6PM     EVENT AT 7PM     LIPINSKY HALL, UNC ASHEVILLE

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning Journalist, writing on modern day civil rights for the New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.

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Asheville Music School’s Sound Effects Benefit Concert April 19

Asheville Music School’s Sound Effects Benefit Concert April 19

Showcasing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Presented by Charlotte Street Computers April 19 at Isis Music Hall

The sixth annual Sound Effects concert to benefit Asheville Music School will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6 – 10 PM at Isis Music Hall. The featured headliner will showcase AMS teachers and advanced students covering The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in its entirety, with full instrumentation.

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COMMUNITY PULSE – JANUARY 2018 from the Western Carolina Medical Society

COMMUNITY PULSE – JANUARY 2018 from the Western Carolina Medical Society

Announcing THE HEALTHY HEALER Program: Addressing Burnout 

A recent Mayo Clinic study showed that over half of physicians suffer from one or more symptom(s) of burnout.  Given this, the issue of burnout and helping to promote wellness is an integral part of our 2017 Strategic Plan. Click for more information

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