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February 23 2014

08:00

This Is Your Brain on Poverty: What Science Tells Us About Poverty

truth-out.org - By Christian Exoo, Calvin F. Exoo - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - Research has only recently been able to identify poverty as a causal factor (rather than merely correlational) in debilitating medical conditions that leave people sick, unable to work and unable to think - all factors that then perpetuate poverty, leaving the poor trapped in a vicious biological cycle. So what can actual science (not Brooks' buzzword-laden version of it) tell us about poverty?

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November 20 2013

08:00

How Charter Schools Are Undermining the Future of Public Education

AlterNet - By Stan Karp - Nov. 20 (Special Report) - In too many places, charters function more like deregulated “enterprise zones” than models of reform, providing subsidized spaces for a few at the expense of the many.

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October 22 2013

07:00

Prisoners of Profit

Huffington Post - By Chris Kirkham - Oct. 22 (News Report) - Over the past quarter century, Slattery’s for-profit prison enterprises have run afoul of the Justice Department and authorities in New York, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas for alleged offenses ranging from condoning abuse of inmates to plying politicians with undisclosed gifts while seeking to secure state contracts.

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October 17 2013

07:00

Sheriff eyes charging parents of teens arrested after bullied girl's suicide

Fox News - Oct. 17 (News) - The Florida sheriff investigating a girl's suicide allegedly prompted by online bullying said he's considering charging the parents of one of the two girls arrested in the case because they're in "total denial."

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August 20 2013

07:00

Cops: Australian baseball player killed by Oklahoma teens

CNN - By Ed Payne, Elizabeth Stuart, - Aug. 20 (News Report) - A random act of violence has left a promising 22-year-old college baseball player dead, a family devastated and two countries half a world apart rattled.

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August 19 2013

07:00

How Schools Have Become Dead Zones of the Imagination

AlterNet - By Henry A. Giroux - Aug. 19 (Opinion) - If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become “dead zones of the imagination,” reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory

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07:00

Sequestration Cuts 57,000 Kids From Head Start | Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Huffington Post - By Kathleen Sebelius - Aug. 19 (News Report) - In the debate over the arbitrary spending cuts called sequestration, many people warned of the long-term consequences to our children and their futures. Despite those warnings, sequestration went into effect, causing the biggest funding cut in Head Start's history.

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July 14 2013

07:00

Teen Activist Malala Yousafzai Impresses UN, Polarizes Pakistan

Global Voices - By Qurratulain Zaman - Jul. 14 (Opinion) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban on her way to school less than a year ago, celebrated her 16th birthday by delivering a powerful speech to world leaders at the United Nations headquarters in New York. A symbol for child education and women empowerment around the world, some in Malala's country Pakistan continue to spin conspiracy theories to malign her.

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May 07 2013

08:06

Op-Ed Columnist: In the Boy Scouts’ Gay Debate, Religion Beyond the Right

New York Times - By By FRANK BRUNI - May. 07 (Opinion) - As the Boy Scouts of America reassesses its ban on gay scouts and leaders, we’re hearing a lot about the organization’s need to remain sensitive to people whose religions condemn homosexual behavior.

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April 08 2013

07:00

Warren's son lost in 'wave of despair'

CNN - By Alan Duke - Apr. 08 (Special Report) - The weekend's sermon at Saddleback Church was "Surviving Tough Times," a theme Pastor Rick Warren planned before his youngest son killed himself with a gun Friday.

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Tags: Youth

April 02 2013

07:00

Teaching the Value of a Dollar - New York Times

New York Times - Apr. 02 (Opinion) - Should children receive an allowance? Should parents encourage teenagers to get jobs?

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Tags: Family Youth Jobs

March 26 2013

07:00

Spring Break Alert: 'Black' Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

All Things Considered - Mar. 26 (News) - Henna tattoos have become a popular beach souvenir and tween fashion accessory. But some are made not with the henna plant, but with a chemical that can cause a painful allergic reaction, the Food and Drug Administration warns.

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Tags: Energy Youth

August 13 2012

07:00

Romney-Ryan Bet on ‘Greedy Geezers’

Consortium News - By Consortiumnews.com - Aug. 13 (Opinion) - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were quick to assure U.S. seniors that they will be grandfathered in to today’s Medicare – even if younger Americans get stuck with an inferior system – a bet that the selfishness of “greedy geezers” will grease the way to a Republican victory,

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April 28 2012

07:00

The GOP's Death Wish

Huffington Post - By Robert Reich - Apr. 28 (Opinion) - What are the three demographic groups whose electoral impact is growing fastest? Hispanics, women, and young people. Who are Republicans pissing off the most? Latinos, women, and young people. It's almost as if the GOP can't help itself.

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April 18 2012

07:00

To Pay Off Loans, Grads Put Off Marriage, Children

Wall Street Journal - By Sue Shellenbarger - Apr. 18 (News Analysis) - Total U.S. student-loan debt topped $1 trillion last year, and it continues to rise. As a result, the lifestyles and future prospects of many recent grads will be limited for decades.

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March 28 2012

07:00

Industry Whistleblower Wendell Potter: However Court Rules on Healthcare, Solution is Single Payer

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Mar. 28 (Interview) - As the Supreme Court examines whether Americans can be penalized if they lack medical coverage, we're joined by health industry whistleblower, Wendell Potter. A former spokesperson for CIGNA and Humana Insurance, Potter is the author of "Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans." "I, myself, am somewhat agnostic and detached from the outcome of what the justices decide," Potter says. "We eventually have to get the for-profit insurance companies out of providing coverage, and need to move toward a system or systems like in the other developed countries, that don't permit for-profit companies to run their healthcare systems." [includes rush transcript]

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February 27 2012

08:00

Outed GOP Sheriff Reportedly Had Relationship With Male Student While Running Abusive Private Boarding School

Huffington Post - Feb. 27 (News Report) - Disgraced Arizona congressional candidate and GOP sheriff Paul Babeu is facing yet another round of unseemly charges. The Pinal County sheriff, who stepped down as Arizona's co-chair for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign amidst allegations he threatened a gay ex-lover with deportation, reportedly served as headmaster for the now-defunct DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Mass. from 1999 to 2001.

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February 20 2012

08:00

Study: Whites More Likely to Abuse Drugs Than Blacks

Time - By Maia Szalavitz - Feb. 20 (News Report) - Black youth are arrested for drug crimes at a rate ten times higher than that of whites. But new research shows that young African Americans are actually less likely to use drugs and less likely to develop substance use disorders, compared to whites, Native Americans, Hispanics and people of mixed race.

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Tags: Youth Drugs Race

December 03 2011

08:00

Shirky: Many news orgs must choose between ‘radical restructure and outright collapse’

Poynter Institute - By Julie Moos, Clay Shirky, Steve Yelvington - Dec. 03 (Opinion) - In response to an essay by Dean Starkman, NYU professor Clay Shirky has reiterated his belief that newspaper organizations are being disrupted at a rate that requires radical reinvention. Saying newspapers will provide a stable home for reporters, just as soon as we figure out how to make newspapers stable, is like saying that if we had some ham, we could have a ham sandwich, if we had some bread. We need to support the people who cover hard news, but when you see a metro daily for a town of 100,000 that employs only six such reporters (just 10% of the masthead, much less total staff), saving the entire edifice just to support that handful looks a lot harder than just finding new ways to support them directly.

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November 10 2011

08:00

Report: Thousands of U.S.-Born Kids Languish in Foster Care As Immigrant Parents Detained, Deported

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Nov. 10 (Special Report) - A new report looks at how thousands of U.S.-born children are being sent to foster care when their non-U.S. citizen parents are detained or deported. The Applied Research Center investigation, "Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System,” finds there are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care — who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. If nothing changes, researchers found some 15,000 more children may end up in foster care in the next five years. We speak with Seth Freed Wessler, the principal investigator of the report. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

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