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Special Series: It’s All About Equity for Bay Area Woman

As a child in San Francisco, Jessica Inson remembers many late nights in which she did not see her mother. Jessica’s mother was a single parent of two kids living in one of America’s most expensive cities. The family’s life was not easy. “She worked a lot of really late nights,” Jessica recalls. She and her [...]
Police Shot 17 Bullets at Latino Man in Pasco, Wash.KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Three officers fired 17 shots at an unarmed Mexican man in Washington state, and five or six of the bullets hit him in a deadly shooting that has led to weeks of protests and calls for a federal investigation, authorities say. None of the shots struck former orchard worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes [...]
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Five Things to Know if Parts of DHS Close FridayWASHINGTON (AP) — A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don’t solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: NOT SO DIRE There’s plenty of overheated rhetoric from the administration and its allies in Congress about the U.S. letting down its guard against security threats. In [...]
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Workers at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls to Get $9 Per HourNEW YORK (AP) — The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Walmart said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more [...]
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Black Girls Face Higher Suspension Rate Than White GirlsAdults often give kids a simple advice for success: “Stay in school.” But research shows that if you’re Black and female, that’s a lot harder to do.  According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, Black girls are suspended an average of six times more often than White girls, while Black [...]
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Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of ChicagoCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent [...]
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Immigrants to Meet Obama at Wednesday Town Hall  So what will President Barack Obama do now that his immigration reform efforts have been put on hold by a federal judge in Texas?  What will he – or can he – say to the millions of immigrant families in the U.S. who contribute to cities and want relief from deportations, as well as [...]
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Too Small to FailLong bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund [...]
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Lawsuits: Millions Owed to Immigrant Taxpayers in N.M.The key question regarding two lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico recently is whether workers who have paid what is required of them are owed millions of dollars because state officials have inappropriately withheld refunds.  The lawsuits say the cases involve thousands of immigrant taxpayers and that they’re owed more than [...]
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Immigration Reforms Need to Proceed, Obama Tells CourtsHOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government asked a federal judge Monday to lift his temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s action to shield millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.  The Justice Department’s motion for a stay was filed with the court of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The federal [...]
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