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U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?The basic question from Tuesday’s release of U.S. poverty statistics is this: If the country’s economy is technically growing, then why do the 2013 numbers from the Census Bureau fail to reflect significant and overall improvement for working families and individuals? In 2013, the country was home to 45.3 million people living in poverty, marking [...]
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Police Body Cameras Can Build Trust, White House SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days and [...]
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Tip Campaign for Marriott Hotel Housekeepers BeginsNEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some [...]
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Wisconsin to Enforce Voter ID Law in NovemberCHICAGO (AP) — In a stunningly fast decision, a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law on Friday — just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election. In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court [...]
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‘Nothing Poor About Her. Maria was Rich in Love.’NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In news reports, Maria Fernandes was the hardworking New Jersey woman who died in her car when she pulled over for a nap between shifts, likely overwhelmed by fumes. But family and friends who laid her to rest recalled the 32-year-old Fernandes as so much more. Fernandes earned a living working [...]
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Racial Divide Plagues Education, Calif. Study RevealsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary school students in California missed more school last year than children from any other group, including the homeless, according to findings from a study released Friday that mirror national research from the U.S. Education Department. Taken together the findings show that racial disparities in American education — from access [...]
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Deportations Hit Lowest Since 2007 but ’2 Million’ is TrueWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The [...]
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Enough Already: Let’s End Violence, Inequality and PovertyWhen I began working with youth and families involved in the court system 10 years ago as director of The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University President Freeman Hrabowski gave me a careful look and said, “Frankly, you will face credibility challenges as a White guy working with all these [...]
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Millions Win Paid Sick Leave Under New Calif. LawFamilies, labor advocates and national leaders are celebrating a new California state law that provides paid sick leave to up to 6.5 million workers, including fast-food employees, farmworkers and domestic workers. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which covers about 40 percent of the Golden State’s workforce, [...]
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A Black Man, Aug. 9, 2014 and Ferguson, Mo.In the 30 days since Michael Brown passed away on Aug. 9, 2014, what has changed in the United States? City leaders in Ferguson – the epicenter of some of the worst demonstrations involving race in the country in years – have vowed to pursue policy changes governing its police force and to improve relations with [...]
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