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Wellington Jighere of Nigeria was crowned world champ last year. He's one of many Nigerians who excel at the game. What's their secret?

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A Mom's Life, Rebuilt After Katrina, Wrecked By Baton Rouge Floods

Myra Engrum works, cares for her son, has friends and is active in church. She's done things "right." But for the second time in 11 years, she's picking up the pieces of her storm-ravaged life.

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Langston Hughes' Harlem Home May Get Its Own Renaissance — As An Art Center

The brownstone is a national landmark, but it's been mostly empty for decades. In an effort to keep it from becoming another high-end co-op, a nonprofit wants to use it to preserve Hughes' legacy.

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And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

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Sir The Baptist: A Preacher's Kid Finds His Own Sanctuary In Music

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