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Better Laws Needed to Help LGBT Community, Groups Say

Better Laws Needed to Help LGBT Community, Groups Say

  The LGBT community in the United States experiences a “legal inequality,” which can result in its members having lower incomes because of discrimination, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress and Movement Advancement Project.  The report, “Paying an Unfair Price,” examines the financial penalties and economic hardship that LGBT [...]
$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
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New Calif. Law Holds Employers More Accountable  People working in California – and especially those in the agriculture industry – will gain new protections in January that hold companies directly accountable for labor provided on their property, thanks to a new law signed on Sunday.  Gov. Jerry Brown approved AB 1897, which its sponsor, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, hailed as a way [...]
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College Enrollment in U.S. Plummets  The number of people attending college in the United States has dipped by 930,000 over a two-year period, marking the largest decline before the Great Recession started, the Census Bureau reported. In a Sept. 24 report, the Census Bureau said 463,000 people decided not to enroll in a college between 2012 and 2013. Census [...]
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Focus on Homeless Pupils Needed, as Number Tops 1M  The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools.  Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. A vast majority of the homeless children were living in “doubled-up” quarters, meaning multiple families were [...]
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‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Hits Wall in U.S. Senate – Again  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in November’s elections.  GOP senators blocked the legislation in April and with the support of [...]
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End Immigration ‘Holds,’ Ga. County Tells Sheriff  It was a local vote but social justice groups in the Atlanta area say it has national importance – and hopefully will help immigrant families stay together.  The Fulton County Board of Commissioners joined the growing number of local governments in calling on law enforcement officials to stop cooperating with federal immigration agencies over [...]
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Voters ‘Misled’ Over San Diego Wage Law, Group Says  Less than a month after a veto to raise San Diego’s hourly wage to $11.50 was defeated, supporters said Tuesday that opponents who want to put the issue on the ballot for a direct referendum vote are not being the most truthful when talking about the issue with people who can cast ballots.  In [...]
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Spanish-English Broadcast Looks at Latinos and Education  A California public radio network is hosting a national discussion on Sept. 17 to discuss the state of Latino education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the country’s second largest, and the country.  The Spanish-English forum, “Latino Education: Crisis and Response,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific) and be [...]
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