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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

What does Lent mean to you?

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Monday, March 20th marked the first day of Spring.

But Tuesday, March 21st marks the halfway point of Lent, the 40-day religious period that runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday

It’s a time where those of the Christian faith devote themselves to fasting, abstinence, and penitence

But it’s also treated as a second wind for your failed New Year’s resolution.

So, because Los Angeles is one of the top three most heavily Catholic cities in the nation, Take Two checked in with some PIN sources about what they’ve given up for lent and what this period means for them.

Press, Politics and the Public: Journalism Lessons

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In a panel discussion about news coverage of the 2016 election, Leonard Downie Jr. reads a quote from a PIN source about her thoughts on how the media could have better covered the election (1:47-3:03).

Missouri governor’s proposed budget cuts spare farmers, but not biodiesel debt

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Gov. Eric Greitens isn’t sparing the state’s Department of Agriculture from proposed budget cuts, but Missouri’s agriculture director says farmers and ranchers will receive the same level of services they currently see. Still, a PIN source who grows corn, soybeans and hay is concerned that Missouri farmers are about to face tough times due to dropping commodity prices.

Northern LA City Council district choosing from bewildering array of candidates

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As the March 7 primary election approaches, voters in northeast San Fernando Valley are facing the difficult task of choosing from among 20 candidates running to fill the open seat in the Los Angeles City Council’s District 7.

District 7 covers communities like Pacoima, Sunland, Tujunga, Mission Hills, Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. The district’s residents have been without a vote on the council since last fall when Felipe Fuentes left abruptly to become a lobbyist.

The vacancy drew a flood of candidates, some who are relatively new to politics.

“I’m one of the most political animals in my neighborhood and I can’t make sense of it. I don’t even know how to find out about some of these people. I’ve never heard their names,” said MaryAnne Steinberger, a district resident, during a recent visit to Courtship Ranch where she boards her horse. Steinberger is a PIN source we reached out to in order to cover this story.

The audacity of ‘woke’

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The meaning of the word “woke” used to be so simple before modern culture co-opted it. It was the past tense of wake: to become conscious after sleeping. But in some circles “woke” has taken on a deeper meaning. We asked PIN sources to share their defi…

America’s Story – Health

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To bolster the APM and BBC collaboration on The Response – American’s Story, PIN sources shared their experience with health, as healthy people, professionals and patients.