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Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice 6.2.2016 Politics on
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice... I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” -- Bryan Stevenson, Author of Just Mercy and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson’s inspiring and best-selling book Just Mercy shares some of the fruits of his lifelong fight to push our nation closer to true justice. In January our nation took two more steps forward in the ongoing struggle to treat children like children and ensure a fairer justice system for all, especially for our poor and ...
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11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl 6.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
WHITE PINE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old Tennessee boy has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after the child and her sister refused to let him see their puppies.
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Regrowing Rain Forests May Help Curb Climate Change More Than We Thought 6.2.2016 Green on
Scientists have long promoted rain forest preservation as a way to mitigate climate change, but now it turns out that regrowing forests is just as important. Newly grown tropical forests can capture harmful carbon from the atmosphere at a rate up to 11 times faster than older forests, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The study includes a map of Latin America (pictured below) that shows the regions with the greatest potential for carbon capture. "It is about reducing carbon loss by reducing deforestation, and increasing carbon uptake by allowing young forests to regrow," Dr. Lourens Poorter, professor of functional ecology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post. "It is time to appreciate and value the role that these secondary forests can play in highly fragmented human-modified landscapes." The researchers examined the biomass recovery of young "secondary" tropical forests, which are less than 100 years old , ...
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11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl 6.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WHITE PINE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old Tennessee boy has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after the child and her sister refused to let him see their puppies. WATE has posted court records ( ) showing that a Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge this week found the boy guilty of first-degree murder […]
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Salinas hopes to turn farm workers' children into computer scientists 6.2.2016 LA Times: Business

Dario Molina's alternative life scrolls by on both sides of Highway 101 north: acre upon acre of lettuce, spinach, heartbreak.

Not me, he thinks. Not anymore.

"Sometimes I reminisce," Molina says. "Damn, I remember working in that field. I remember that heat ... that song. Now I'm just thinking,...

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Recalling Hillary Rodham Clinton's Defiant Defense of Women in Beijing, 1995 6.2.2016 Politics on
Millennial voters who grew up during, or born after, the Bill Clinton Presidency, have understandably found the Boomer loyalty to and support of our former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State, to be utterly inexplicable. But to the many Baby Boomers supporting her, there is little if any mystery, given that it is Hillary Rodham Clinton's history itself that we share and compels us to be loyal and even nostalgic. Amid that history, perhaps no moment epitomizes Clinton's courage, activism, brilliance and defiance of convention than her challenge posed to the Chinese government when she spoke before the United Nation's 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing on 5 September 1995. It was a moment I was reminded of when Clinton took on Senator Bernie Sanders in Thursday Night's Debate in New Hampshire. It was in particular the moment that Clinton finally confronted one of the nagging complaints that the Left has had about her ever since she cast her 2002 Senatorial vote sanctioning US entry ...
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2 teens arrested in Schuylkill trail robbery 5.2.2016 News
Two teenagers have been arrested for an armed robbery on the Schuylkill River Trail, while police continue to look for more suspects and investigate whether the assailants are responsible for any other assaults on the popular pathway.
Connecticut man arrested in Greeley on federal child sex sting 5.2.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
A Connecticut man who sought sex with a woman and her two young daughters on a website drawing members of groups called "jailbait" and "incest" was arrested Thursday in Greeley on ...
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There Is A New Plan To Help Lower-Income Parents Afford Quality Child Care 5.2.2016 Politics on
Child care is more expensive than public college tuition in most U.S. states making it unaffordable for the majority of middle-class families, let alone those living in poverty. Now, some lawmakers are trying to change that. Congressional Democrats announced a new bill on Thursday that aims to increase access to child care for lower-income families and improve the notoriously inconsistent quality of the child care those subsidies buy. The Child Care Access to Resources for Early-learning (CARE) Act, which has the backing of the White House, allocates an additional $25 billion in mandatory funding over five years to the Child-Care Development Block Grant, a federal subsidy for state-run child care assistance programs. While the block grant itself serves low-income children under age 13, the new funds would be designated for children under age four only, since the first few years of a child’s life are believed to be the most critical years for cognitive development. States’ eligibility for the new funding ...
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Police: 6 dead in Chicago home in possible murder-suicide 5.2.2016 AP National
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police on Thursday found the bodies of four men, one woman and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what they say could be a murder-suicide, even as they added extra patrols in the neighborhood....
2 teen brothers to face adult murder charges in Jungle shooting 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Two of three teenage brothers accused of the deadly shooting in The Jungle will face murder charges in adult court. The third boy, 13, will prosecuted in juvenile court.
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Convicted child killer apologizes, claims better mind state 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

MIAMI (AP) — Convicted child killer Michael Hernandez apologized Thursday for fatally stabbing his middle school friend in 2004 and claimed he has gained control over the twisted thoughts about violence and serial killers that led him to commit the crime. But a prosecutor accused Hernandez of expressing false remorse and improved mental health only […]
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Boy hailed as hero killed by militants 4.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
An 11-year-old Afghan boy who had been praised for his bravery in leading security forces in battle against the Taliban was killed by the militants this week, Afghan authorities said.
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Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School? 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) After the US military draft ended in the 1970s, the armed forces stepped up recruitment efforts on multiple fronts, including in schools. Today, young children are primed for military recruitment before they're old enough to ask questions. How can parents, educators and veterans push back? Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a ...
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Will Team Hillary Play the Race Card? 4.2.2016 Politics on
As the pressure mounts, the Hillary campaign may try to isolate Bernie Sanders from African-American and Hispanic voters. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently floated the first trial balloon when he put forth an unsubstantiated claim expressly designed to promote tensions between class and racial justice advocates. He writes: To oversimplify a bit -- but only, I think, a bit -- the Sanders view is that money is the root of all evil. Or more specifically, the corrupting influence of big money, of the 1 percent and the corporate elite, is the overarching source of the political ugliness we see all around us. The Clinton view, on the other hand, seems to be that money is the root of some evil, maybe a lot of evil, but it isn't the whole story. Instead, racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice are powerful forces in their own right. This may not seem like a very big difference -- both candidates oppose prejudice, both want to reduce economic inequality. But it matters for political ...
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New vaccines schedule urged 4.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
New vaccines for meningococcal type B and HPV and are among the updates to the immunization schedule published for children and adults.
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Expert: Parents often won't take surrogate kids with defects 4.2.2016 Health
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A newborn Down syndrome baby left by his Australian biological father with his poor surrogate mother in Thailand was one of several cases of surrogate children abandoned because of defects, an expert told a parliamentary inquiry on ...
Supporting The Future Of Afghanistan Means Loosening Our Grip On The Past 4.2.2016 Politics on
No single person is accountable for Afghanistan and the state of its people. But every one of us is accountable for the perceptions that directly affect how the country moves forward. I was born in Afghanistan, raised in Canada, and have come back to Afghanistan for the past decade. It doesn't make me an authority on anything, but allows me to be a first hand witness to what Afghans see and what people abroad see - and its safe to say that most everyone sees negative. The media provides very little but the bad news surrounding Afghanistan. Anyone who tries to speak out by acknowledging the other side to the story (myself included) is usually challenged as naive, unrealistic, and essentially wrong. The problem is not only with international media. They look for horrible news and for the most part ignore progress and perseverance. They always have and it's nothing exclusive to Afghanistan. But how do Afghans handle the perceptions of their country? From Afghans both inside and outside of the country, I ...
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The Flint Lesson: When the Poor Talk, We Must Listen 4.2.2016 Green on
Photo courtesy of Steve Neavling/Motor City Muckraker By Wendi C. Thomas Imagine the harm that could have been avoided in Flint if only government officials believed its residents. As far back as May 2014, Flint residents complained about the water piped from the Flint River into their sinks and tubs. To save money, the city had switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River the month before. The Flint River water smelled funny, looked dirty and tasted bad. Holding bottles of brown water, Flint residents took their worries to city council meetings and a forum called to address water issues. Their very bodies - riddled with rashes and bare patches on their scalps - testified to a tragedy in the making. Still, it wasn't until October 2015 that Flint officials instructed residents - 57 percent of whom are black and 40 percent of whom live below the poverty line - to stop drinking the lead-poisoned water. That's 18 months in which officials said to citizens, in essence: We don't believe you. We're ...
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Fossil Fuel Company Super PAC Gifts Came Before Congress Ended The Oil Export Ban 4.2.2016 Politics on
WASHINGTON -- A handful of the biggest oil and gas companies and their CEOs poured millions into a super PAC created to boost the election of Senate Republicans as the industry made a successful lobbying effort to repeal the 40-year-old ban on oil exports. In the second half of 2015, Senate Leadership Fund received $1 million from Chevron, $1 million from Petrodome Energy, $750,000 from Devon Energy Corporation and $500,000 from Freeport LNG CEO Michael Smith. The super PAC, run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also received $50,000 from Occidental Petroleum CEO Stephen Chazen, a frequent donor to Republican candidates and super PACs. Senate Leadership Fund was created by former McConnell Senate and campaign aide Steven Law after Republicans won control of the Senate in the 2014 elections. During those elections, Law helped McConnell survive a primary campaign and win a general election campaign by running the pro-McConnell Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC and the ...
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