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Seattle Church With Gay Boy Scout Leader Loses Charter

Seattle Church With Gay Boy Scout Leader Loses Charter

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. [...]
LAUSD to Spend $837M to Help Low-Income StudentsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has tentatively agreed to provide millions of dollars in added staff and other resources to 37 underperforming schools to settle a lawsuit brought by the teachers union. District officials are expected to spend $837 million to help disadvantaged students and improve schools, the Los Angeles [...]
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AP: California Law Helping to Slow Down DeportationsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January. The law was pushed by immigrant advocates and directs law enforcement agencies to more quickly release those without serious criminal records rather than hold [...]
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Christina Saeteurn grew up in public housing, one of nine children raised by a single mother. That challenging start, however, seems only to have made Christina more determined to improve life for others in similar circumstances. Like many of her fellow Shriver honorees, Christina never set out to become a community organizer. She’d joined a [...]
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FBI Opens Investigation of Prison Company in IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation of the Corrections Corporation of America over the company’s running of an Idaho prison with a reputation so violent that inmates dubbed it “Gladiator School.”  The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA has operated Idaho’s largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged [...]
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Former NAACP Leader Joins Calif. Venture Capital FirmSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Just months after stepping down as head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for Blacks and Latinos [...]
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Lester Meza knows the impact of education inequities firsthand. Raised by a single mother who emigrated from Guatemala to the United States, Lester, as he grew up, envisioned himself going to college and having a successful career. But when he entered high school, Lester found crowded classrooms, low expectations and little encouragement to attend college. [...]
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ICE to Limit Shackling Immigrants at San Francisco CourtSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities will limit the use of shackles on immigrants who appear before immigration judges under a settlement of a class-action lawsuit approved on Jan. 23.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will avoid shackling immigrants at the San Francisco immigration court in many hearings. Immigrants will still be shackled at a [...]
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Like many young people, Lorren Dangerfield has a finely-honed sense of injustice. By the time she won the Shriver Award at age 17, Lorren had already spent four years working to stop industrial pollution in poor neighborhoods and promoting fairer discipline policies in public schools. In many school districts, suspensions and expulsions for Black and [...]
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Minimum Wage Increase for All in San Jose, Calif.? Not yet.Nearly a year after San Jose boosted its minimum wage by 25 percent, some workers still haven’t seen that increase reflected in their paychecks. And LSG Sky Chefs, a major airline catering company that operates in this Silicon Valley city, says it’s going to stay that way. Shrugging off worker complaints and repeated city enforcement [...]
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