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Many U.S. houses of worship have accessibility limitations. They are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 32-year-old landmark civil rights law that included access requirements for public spaces. Nonetheless, most have made their buildings accessible in some fashion. But there is much room for improvement.

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Kat Lonsdorf, a 2005 Verona Area High School graduate, was aware of a connection between the Madison area and the small Ukrainian town as she and her colleagues from NPR reported on the devastation. But she was surprised to learn that Ludmila Boiko had visited Wisconsin, and her hometown of Verona, years earlier with exchange students from Ukraine. 

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, leader of Russia’s dominant religious group, has sent his strongest signal yet justifying his country's invasion of Ukraine — describing the conflict as part of a struggle against sin and pressure from liberal foreigners to hold “gay parades.”

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Across the U.S., historic urban churches built decades ago to accommodate hundreds or thousands of worshippers and bulging Sunday school classes have struggled with shrinking flocks and rising preservation costs. Many are finding new ways to use their buildings that let them keep those sacred places viable while serving the neighborhoods they've anchored for decades.

CHIPPEWA FALLS—Terry L. Michels, 47, of Chippewa Falls, died peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

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