Title: The Emerald Tree Boa

Cast Bronze — 18”x20”x36” Artist: Preston Jackson

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Christian singer and songwriter, Joann Rosario, headlines Jan. 26 gospel and hip-hop concert. It was a night where the sounds of gospel, hip- hop and R&B will mesh together — all to give praise to God. Gospel singer and songwriter Joann Rosario, who grew up in Chicago as a preacher’s kid in a Puerto Rican family, performed at Goshen College in Sauder Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in a free concert. The concert also included appearances by northern Indiana Christian musicians performing gospel, R&B, hip-hop and rap: YPJ & FVC, Lwan Easton, Goshen College’s gospel choir Voices-n- Harmony, P-Phraze, Bethel (Ind.) College’s gospel choir and others.

Slaves share their stories in “Fresh from Julieanne’s Garden” exhibit,

Jan. 15-March 2

GOSHEN, Ind. — They may be fictional ancestors, but the women portrayed in Chicago artist Preston Jackson’s bronze sculpture exhibit, “Fresh from Julieanne’s Garden,” tell powerful stories of their lives during the eras of slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction and since.



A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and the weak link on this story is Europe for refusing to go along with the Bush-sponsored trade embargo against Iran.



Amazon Receives Tons of Dust from Valley in Africa, Researchers Find

What’s the connection between the Amazon rainforest and a remote valley in the African nation of Chad? About 28 million tons of dust per year, according to a new study. For years, researchers have known that the rainforest’s fertility depends on mineral-rich dust that drifts across the ocean from the Sahara and settles in the soil. In research in the journal Environmental Research Letters, Ilan Koren of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and colleagues from the United States, United Kingdom and Brazil, have pinpointed the origin of more than half of that dust: the Bodélé Valley in northern Chad. Bodélé is uniquely situated to supply the rainforest with vital minerals, the researchers found. Basalt mountain ranges on both sides of the valley create a narrow opening through which dust gets funneled when the wind blows, initiating the dust’s long journey across the Atlantic to the dense forests of Brazil. Using satellite data, the scientists determined that in total some 50 million tons of African dust drift into the Amazon each year, 56 percent of it from the Bodélé Valley of Chad.