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LGBT Advocates: Utah Bill Favoring Heterosexual Couples Is Illegal

LGBT Advocates: Utah Bill Favoring Heterosexual Couples Is Illegal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Legislation that would require Utah judges to favor heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoptions or foster care placements is blatantly unconstitutional and won’t hold up in court, according to gay rights advocates.  Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, said on Jan. 29 that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing […]

Why Walmart’s Closure in Oakland, California Is an Opportunity

Why Walmart’s Closure in Oakland, California Is an Opportunity

Growing up in an East Coast suburb, I remember strolling the aisles of Walmart on the weekends, especially when it was cold outside. My family bought clothes, school supplies and our basic needs there. At some point, Walmart moved a couple of miles away, leaving a gaping hole in my part of the community. Many […]

Salt Lake City Welcomes First Openly Gay Mayor

Salt Lake City Welcomes First Openly Gay Mayor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Monday as Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor, a landmark the former state lawmaker acknowledged shortly after taking the oath of office. Biskupski, 49, said the historic moment should not be taken lightly, and noted great strides have been made for LGBT people in […]

How Families Navigate Courts Through ‘Cumulative Intelligence’

How Families Navigate Courts Through ‘Cumulative Intelligence’

Every week I sit in a room with families whose loved ones are facing criminal charges. It is part support group, part strategic planning session. There are no lawyers in the room and the families have no legal training. But week in, week out, the group translates the legalese to one another, navigates each other […]

Gentrification in Portland Puts Squeeze on Families and Artists

Gentrification in Portland Puts Squeeze on Families and Artists

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland has been a magnet for young, creative adults for over a decade, beckoning droves with its quirkiness, liberal appeal and quality of life. But the city’s popularity has had another effect: Those who helped make it cool can’t afford to live here anymore. Evictions and skyrocketing rents are putting apartments […]

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