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U.N. Condemns 'Grotesque Rape Chants' By Burundi Youth Militia 19.4.2017 NPR News
A top United Nations official said a video depicting the chants was part of a "campaign of fear and terror." The government says "influences outside the party" are responsible.
Harrisburg insiders tapped for Hershey chocolate's $240,000-a-year corporate board seats 19.4.2017 Philly.com News
But in a concession to critics, James Brown and M. Diane Koken would not double-dip on board fees that would boost their compensation by an additional $80,000 a year, the Hershey Trust charity said Wednesday.
When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Their Families 19.4.2017 NPR News
About 23,000 military families rely on food stamps, according to Census figures. But advocates say that number is only a partial picture of the need among people who are currently serving.
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Trump Has Okayed a Pesticide That Terrifies These Families 19.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A white cloud of pesticides had drifted into Fidelia Morales's back yard, coating her children's swing set. The 40-year-old mother of five gestured toward the citrus groves that surround her house in California's Central Valley as she recounted when an air blast sprayer sent chemicals floating onto her property last year – landing on her family's red and blue jungle gym. "We know this is dangerous for the kids, but what are we supposed to do?" she said on a recent afternoon, speaking in Spanish through a translator. Morales said she fears that these kinds of drifts, as well as long-term exposure to a variety of chemicals in the air, have hurt her children, ages 9 to 20, who have struggled to focus in school and have suffered from bronchitis, asthma and other chronic illnesses. Under Barack Obama, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an agricultural ban on chlorpyrifos, ...
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Fighting Child Poverty With a Universal Child Allowance 19.4.2017 American Prospect
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor A visit to the food pantry This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Lately there has been growing interest in a simple and effective policy solution to weaknesses in the social safety net: making the Child Tax Credit (CTC) universal. The credit is also one of the rare social policies that bridges the left and right. In recent months, the case for transforming the CTC into a universal child allowance paid at monthly intervals had been made by both progressive and libertarian scholars. Here’s how the credit works: Families with children get $1,000 back on their taxes for each child. But since eligibility for the Child Tax Credit is tied in part to federal income tax liability and in part to earnings, the CTC leaves out those families that need it the most—those with little or no earnings. The credit is partly refundable, meaning that for households with incomes above $3,000, if the value of the ...
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Why can't Philly stop holding kids in solitary confinement? 19.4.2017 Philly.com News
Juveniles in adult jails are routinely held in isolation for weeks at a time. Advocates and some legislators say it's time to stop holding them there altogether.
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How a community changed by refugees came to embrace Trump 19.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Richard Rodrigue stood in the back of a banquet hall, watching his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter mingle among her high school classmates. These teenagers speak dozens of languages, and hail from a dozen African nations. They fled brutal civil war, famine, oppressive regimes to find themselves here, at an ordinary high school […]
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How a community changed by refugees came to embrace Trump 19.4.2017 AP National
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Richard Rodrigue stood in the back of a banquet hall, watching his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter mingle among her high school classmates. These teenagers speak dozens of languages, and hail from a dozen African nations....
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'Dreamer,' 23, sues after he is deported by Trump administration 19.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A 23-year-old man has sued the Trump administration over his deportation to Mexico in February, saying he has permission to live and work in the United States under an Obama-era immigration program that protects young people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

If his claim...

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Global health efforts are in jeopardy: A polio survivor reflects on proposed cuts to foreign aid 19.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In 1988, my family traveled from America to India to visit the homeland of my birth. At age 11, I vividly remember seeing beggars crippled by polio, crawling on the ground. I remember them staring at me. I, too, have polio, but I am able to walk with leg braces and crutches.

I contracted polio...

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Inside the Underground Anti-Racist Movement That Brings the Fight to White Supremacists 18.4.2017 Mother Jones
At lunchtime on May 19, 2012, 18 masked men and women shouldered through the front door of the Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois, a working-class suburb of Chicago. Some diners mistook the mob for armed robbers. Others thought they might be playing a practical joke. But Steven Speers, a stalactite-bearded 33-year-old who had just sat down for appetizers at a white nationalist meet and greet, had a hunch who they were. The gang filing in with baseball bats, police batons, hammers, and nunchucks were members of Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement (HARM), two groups dedicated to violently confronting white supremacists. "Hey, bitches!" one of the anti-racists shouted before charging Speers' table. "ARA is going to fuck this place up!" Speers stood up and warned his seven companions to prepare to fight. His girlfriend, Beckie Williams, who had organized the lunchtime gathering on the white supremacist website Stormfront, grabbed a butter knife. Francis Gilroy, a ...
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In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime 18.4.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
Since 2001, possession or use of any drug has been treated as a health issue in Portugal. The country's drug-induced death rate has plummeted to five times lower than the European Union average.
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Fewer youths, more staff mean less violence at once-embattled youth detention center in Colorado Springs 18.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Two years ago Spring Creek was embattled and tarnished by an arrest and tales of violence from former staff. Now the center is held up by officials as an example of how investment in staff can shift course.
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'Class' creator Patrick Ness on building a school drama in the middle of the 'Doctor Who' universe 18.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

There’s nothing quite like the friendship forged between teenage classmates with the shared responsibility of protecting their school (and the world) from inter-dimensional alien threats.

Created by author Patrick Ness, “Class” follows the adventures of a group of students, and their teacher, who...

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Police: Child, mother strangled to death by man 17.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man has been charged with felony murder in the strangling of a woman and her 2-year-old son at a home in suburban Atlanta. Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera says 32-year-old Brandon Williams was arrested at a gas station after the deaths Sunday night. The mother died […]
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Attack On Syrian Bus Convoy Killed At Least 68 Children, Monitor Says 17.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A suicide car bomb attack on a bus convoy carrying thousands of besieged Syrians on Saturday killed at least 68 children  just west of Aleppo, according to a monitoring group.  At least 126 people in total were killed in the attack, according to the Britain-based monitor, the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. The incident was one of the deadliest bombings in Syria this year, and highlights the continued brutality of the civil war. Images from the scene showed dazed and injured children, some whose faces were completely covered in blood and dust from the blast. Local medical facilities were stretched to the limit treating victims of the attack, while rights groups condemned the killing. “After six years of war and human carnage in Syria ... six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families... there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the ...
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UNICEF Official Says Children Used By Boko Haram Still Have A Chance 17.4.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
Patrick Rose, a UNICEF crisis communications specialist, talks about a recent report showing an alarming rise in the number of children being used in bomb attacks by the militant group Boko Haram.
Egypt acquits American woman detained for 3 years 17.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cairo • An Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted Aya Hijazi, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who has been held in detention for nearly three years over accusations related to a non-governmental organization she founded to aid street children. Authorities arrested Hijazi, her husband and six others in May 2014 on charges of abusing children that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and senior U.S. officials, who called for her release. The arrests came as part of a wider clampdown on c... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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More Than 100 Die In Suicide Attack On Syrian Evacuees 16.4.2017 NPR News
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says most of the victims were families evacuating from two Shiite villages, Fuaa and Kefraya, long besieged by rebels. No group has claimed responsibility.
An Indecent Budget Proposal 16.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  Donald Trump’s first budget proposal is a nightmare for children. Ironically named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” it contains $9 billion in cuts to education and forecloses on the federal government’s long-standing commitment to reduce educational inequalities. The budget would take a meat cleaver to public schools, and children with the greatest needs would suffer the greatest harm . Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plan to slash programs that help low-income children—like after-school and summer programs, class-size reduction efforts, mentoring for early-career teachers, child nutrition programs and community schools. Trump’s budget director said the administration “went looking for the most wasteful, most indefensible programs” in order to increase defense spending and build the infamous “wall.” Apparently, the wealthiest Cabinet in U.S. history considers Meals on Wheels for seniors and programs to alleviate child hunger to be wasteful. Half of all children ...
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