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Ethnic Yi schoolgirls take a break halfway down the mountain, on their way from their homes in Atule'er village to their first day of school in a new semester. The difficulty of getting up and down the mountain has made it hard for villagers to shake off poverty, and made it challenging for their children to attend school. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids

To get to school, the children must trek as many as four hours up and down a 2,600-foot mountainside, relying on rickety ladders. Their families see their education as a way out of poverty.

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Former Wells Fargo Employees Describe Toxic Sales Culture, Even At HQ

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Ethnic Yi schoolgirls take a break halfway down the mountain, on their way from their homes in Atule'er village to their first day of school in a new semester. The difficulty of getting up and down the mountain has made it hard for villagers to shake off poverty, and made it challenging for their children to attend school. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids

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While more than 60 percent of Bridgeport, Conn.'s residents identify as black or Hispanic, the city's police department is majority white. So officials changed the written test and Bridgeport residents got a 15 percent bonus on their scores. Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Connecticut Town Boosts Local Applicants To Diversify Its Police Force

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