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Investigation of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Begins

Investigation of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Begins

CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against a White suburban police officer who fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown. State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account to present. Federal authorities also could [...]
It’s Time to Have a Deeper Talk About RaceDeep questions and frustrations relating to the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager, continued Monday, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri and the country expressed outrage at the firing of at least six bullets from a police department gun that ended his short life. Community and civil rights leaders joined residents in speaking out [...]
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A Kentucky Social Club Keeps African Americans ‘Together’The building that was once the Black high school in Lynch, Kentucky, now houses the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. But the social club began far away from here, in Cleveland, Ohio, when a couple of Eastern Kentucky boys were missing home. For nearly 45 years, the Eastern Kentucky Social Club has provided a connection among [...]
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A Policy Win: Higher Wages for San Diego WorkersFor Biviana Lagunas, life in San Diego can be stressful. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays. An hour later, she starts her $9 hourly job as a cashier at San Diego State University, where she studies full time. By 2 p.m., her classes are underway and they end five hours later. In the [...]
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“Generation Me,” the “Lazy Generation” and the “Trophy Generation” are just a few of the monikers millennials, the demographic cohort that followed Generation X and the baby boomers, have been saddled with. But it may be more accurate to call them the “Indebted Generation.” The Pew Research Center report “Millennials in Adulthood” – released in [...]
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LOS ANGELES — “I’m the people’s general,” says TC, explaining the nickname he’s been given on Fifth Street. He earned it by keeping the homeless residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row informed and educated about neighborhood issues, in part through the literature table he maintains next to the blue tarps of his tent. Under the [...]
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Seattle Approves $15 Hourly Wage – to be U.S. HighestThe Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation. The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15
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Kentucky Residents Give New Life to a Coal Area in DeclineOne thing Amelia Kirby and David Fisher knew when they opened businesses in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky was that they wouldn’t get rich. But to Kirby and Fisher, building their businesses in Appalachia was, and continues to be, about building something larger – a thriving community. Whitesburg (pop. 2,000), like much of southeastern Kentucky, has felt [...]
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Arrested While Brown: Chicago Police Nab Two Latino MenSimilar to community outreach workers across the country in late March, Kevin Tapia and Felipe Hernandez lent their knuckles, shoe-leather skills and commitment to help others to an important task in Chicago. They knocked on doors to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping health law in decades. It was March 25. [...]
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In Oakland, Gentrification Erodes Idea of ‘Homes for All’Behind a chain link fence on 35th Avenue, the man who gardens every day for other people grows his own roses, gathered around a statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Off 98th Ave, backyard barbeques are legendary, as is the young cousin who always wins the battles of wits and words that break out after [...]
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