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A mom, a disabled son and a home that blazed amid Baltimore's riots 19.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Black soot covers the two-story house like a dark shadow. The roof has collapsed, and a bright red sign proclaims the home has been ...
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Roads before welfare: India's Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup 19.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Aditya Kalra and Andrew MacAskill NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet. In a break with India's socialist past, Modi has saved money on federal social and subsidy expenditure and pumped it into an infrastructure stimulus he hopes will trigger a spurt in economic growth. The government says lower welfare spending will be compensated for by giving state governments a larger allocation of tax revenues to spend as they choose. Maneka Gandhi, women and child development minister in Modi's cabinet, has said the impact of the policy will borne by India's estimated 300 million ...
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Cellphones Or School? What Makes Kids Around The World Happy 19.5.2015 NPR News
Whether they're rich or poor, kids around the world are generally happy with their lives, an international study finds. But when it comes to liking school, poor children come out on top.
South Sudan: UN, groups say children targeted in fighting 18.5.2015 World
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in attacks in South Sudan's Unity state over a two-week period, the U.N. children's agency reported Monday.
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Brokers tricking Rohingya children onto trafficking boats 18.5.2015 World
SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — The boy was shoved onto the wooden vessel with hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims. For days, the 14-year-old sat with his knees bent into his chest, pressed up against sweaty bodies in the cabin's rancid ...
The Kids Aren't All Right: Presidential Waivers, Child Soldiers and an American-Made Army in Africa 18.5.2015 Truthout.com
Malakal, South Sudan - I didn't really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn't draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.  It was unnerving. I don't know how old he was. I'd say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19. But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger - no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn't  trusted  to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. It was  mandatory  for me to be in school. The law  decreed  just how many hours I could work and prohibited my employment in jobs deemed too dangerous for kids - like operating mixing machines in bakeries or repairing elevators. No one, I can say with some certainty, would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands. But someone thought it was acceptable for them. A lot of someones ...
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Presidential Waivers, Child Soldiers, and an American-Made Army in Africa 18.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com MALAKAL, South Sudan -- I didn’t really think he was going to shoot me.  There was no anger in his eyes.  His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger.  He didn’t draw a bead on me.  Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.  It was unnerving. I don’t know how old he was.  I’d say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19.  But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger -- no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn’t  trusted  to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie.  It was  mandatory  for me to be in school.  The law  decreed  just how many hours I could work and prohibited my employment in jobs deemed too dangerous for kids -- like operating mixing machines in bakeries or repairing elevators.  No one, I can say with some certainty, would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands.  But someone thought it ...
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Latin America fails young victims of rape 18.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Landlocked and poor, Paraguay rarely drives the news cycle, but the plight of a 10-year-old girl who was denied an abortion after being raped has caught the world’s ...
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The Kids Aren't All Right: The Child Soldiers of an American-Made Army in Africa 18.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Homeless college students navigate uncertainty 18.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
This month, with a mix of anxiety and exhilaration, college students across the country will cram their brains for final exams, then pack their bags for ...
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Tsarnaev trial leaves a lingering sadness 17.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
They said a jury in this progressive city would never go for the death penalty. They said defense attorney Judy Clarke was unbeatable. And they were wrong. They didn't know how powerful witnessing terrorism and its aftermath can be.
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Bianca Perry's difficult path from poverty and abandonment to college graduation 17.5.2015 Philly.com News
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The door was open, and Bianca Perry stepped into the vacant room that had changed her life. The bed was made. The dresser emptied.
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4 teens charged in St. Francis de Sales sex assault investigation 17.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Four teenagers have been charged in connection with a sexual assault investigation involving the baseball team at St. Francis de Sales High School in Chicago, the Tribune has ...
Priscilla Ferguson Clement, 73, history professor 16.5.2015 Philly.com News
Priscilla Ferguson Clement, 73, of Wallingford, a history professor at Pennsylvania State University, died Wednesday, May 6, of pancreatic cancer at her home.
Boko Haram crisis pushes poor of western Chad to brink of hunger, says UNICEF - TRFN 16.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Under the shade of a wooden shack in the western Chadian town of Bagasola, heavily pregnant Zara Gayi sells mangoes and vegetables, hoping to earn enough money to feed her four children. "My husband used to ride boats to Nigeria. In the past, he could earn 100,000 Naira ($500) a month," she told the United Nations children's agency UNICEF. Disruptions to trade and an influx of refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria have made life more difficult for people already struggling with a poor harvest in western ...
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Needham students wear red noses to fight poverty 16.5.2015 Durango Herald
Kindergartners in Gina Preszler’s class at Needham Elementary School on Friday helped announce the first observation of Red Nose Day in the United States.Red Nose Day is an international fundraiser for children in poverty.Comic Relief, a British nonprofit, promotes the cause through big-name entertainers. A three-hour...
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Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete 16.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter. While this is true, we should be thoughtful and careful about the conclusions we draw from it. Recent work by Raj Chetty and Nathan Hendron of the Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard demonstrates a " childhood exposure effect ," suppressing outcomes for kids growing up in some depressed neighborhoods. While the study is interesting for all kinds of reasons, the research has received particular attention in part because it demonstrates that the worst offender is Baltimore. Chetty et al produced a second study with the first that re-examined a maligned federal program called Moving to Opportunity , in which some families were moved out of high poverty neighborhoods, and compared to others who weren't. Initially, it appeared that moving out did not have a significant effect on children's future ...
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Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die 16.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Tsarnaev showed no reaction as his sentence was announced. FULL STORY | EVIDENCE | TIMELINE
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A Problem to Sink Our Teeth Into 16.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week , sponsored by a coalition including the United States Postal Service, State Farm Insurance, and the American Veterinary Medical Association . The event is designed to raise awareness of dog bite statistics and help to educate the public on preventing dog bites. Every year in the U.S., around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. According to the AVMA, the most frequent victims of dog bites, in order, are children, the elderly and postal carriers. That 4.5 million figure may seem high, but it represents just under 1.5 percent of the population. According to Karen Delise, author of Fatal Dog Attacks , you're 18 times more likely to be hit by lightning than bitten by a dog. You and your children are also far less likely to be bitten if you take steps now to prevent it from happening. Here's what you can do: Take Responsibility The most important thing we can do is to take responsibility for our own dogs. This means training and socializing them properly, so ...
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This 'Cat Petting Zoo' Lets You Play With Shelter Cats, And Then Adopt Them 16.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
No kitten around: In Florida, there exists a magical place that is basically a petting zoo for friendly shelter cats. It's free to get in. Astonishingly, there's no wait list. You're welcome to stay for hours. Some people have meditation to clear their heads. For others of us, there's this. "Cats have long been known to reduce stress and anxiety in humans," says Mary Alexander, whose shelter, Pet Pal , supplies the gorgeous wee furballs. "For people that aren't able to have cats in their home, this is a great place for them to come and spend time with the animals without restrictions." And the best part is that it's great for the cats, who aren't just there to be affectionately manhandled -- it's also the purr-fect way to help get these guys into permanent homes of their own. A trip to the cat petting zoo isn't just the most adorably relaxing afternoon activity imaginable. It's also a public service to shelter pets! Photo: Arin Greenwood The cattery is located inside an independent pet supply store, Pet ...
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