Softening Attitudes That Are Chiseled in Stone

Michelangelo "saw the angel in the marble" and carved until he set him free. Agostino Malatesta, a sculptor in Trenton, saw his painful past and frightening future and carved to set himself free. Played to perfection by Dan Lauria (of the television series "The Wonder Years"), Agostino — the central character in William Mastrosimone's play, "A Stone Carver" — is a bereaved Italian widower whose unkempt but beloved house is under threat of demolition for a highway ramp.
Sam Hodgson
Girl Scouts from Troop 6000 in Queens, NY on an outing in 2017.

Where Being a Girl Scout Is an Act of Courage

On a warm Friday evening, Nijerah Battle and Najah McLean walked about two miles from their homes in the Marion Gardens public housing complex here to a Girl Scout meeting... This was not the familiar backdrop for a Girl Scout meeting. No girls in green uniforms. No cookies in sight. But the meeting was part of Girl Scouts in Public Housing, one of a few national programs that are trying to deliver on the 94-year-old organization's revamped oath of access: "For Every Girl, Everywhere."
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