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Content highlights reflect six core values: Care for the Poor; Excellence in Education; Faith in the Community; Family Life; Financial Responsibility; and Values in the Media.

Selected from recent editions of the Deseret News, these stories and columns cover topics relevant to our areas of editorial emphasis. We hope you find that they offer insight and enlightenment in a world flooded with news and information that we believe you will only find in the Deseret News.

» Faith in the Community

Home on the Range: Mormon Church is finding new ways to preserve wetlands and wildlife

Welcome to Deseret Ranches, its nearly 300,000 acres spread over three counties in central-eastern Florida, tucked in between Orlando and Disney World to the northwest and the Kennedy Space Center and the state's Space Coast corridor to the east. Yes, cow-punching thrives in gator country.

Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the ranch is a diverse environment for everything from agriculture to wildlife to ground-water recharging. And the goal of good property stewardship means long-term decisions are designed to increase and enhance sustainability that lasts 50 years, not one quarter.

» Excellence in Education

Editorial: The meaning of an A

Story teller and humorist Garrison Keillor has drawn smiles through the years by describing his fictional town of Lake Wobegon as a place where "all the children are above average." If everyone is above average, of course, "average" becomes a meaningless term.

» Care for the Poor

Some employers refuse to hire the unemployed

Border security issues impact Shriners clinic

Refurbished parking meters raise $1,000 for homeless

» Excellence in Education

Editorial: School choice is back

Robotics camp gets students primed for science

No Child Left Behind reform unlikely before school year, again

» Faith in the Community

Many faiths pioneered Utah landscape

Atheists don't want highway crosses case heard

New reality show follows American Muslims amid 'Islamophobia'

» Family Life

Video streaming lets parents attend kids' games

Late-talking children can still be developmentally on track

Parent monitoring helps reduces online danger for kids

» Financial responsibility

Editorial: A new bureaucracy to regulate banking industry

Figuring out finances: college students learn what it takes

E-currencies try to become online vehicle for cash

» Values in the Media

Editorial: Fighting words in the public square

Can celebrities sway our political opinions?

Prisons cracking down on pornography

» Other stories

Editorial: Norway's tragedy is the whole world's tragedy

Editorial: The pioneering ethic

Making a scene with public art

Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates 21st anniversary

Interrupted sleep may impede brain's memory filing

Heavy snowpack gives unique chance to study aquifers

Is Salt Lake jail acting as vigilante immigration authority?

A women's sports pioneer

Column: Utahn shrinks to her full potential, runs marathon

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