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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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Ex-Sen. Mary Landrieu's son arrested on child cruelty charge 4.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's 23-year-old son faces a child cruelty charge following his 2-year-old child's treatment at a hospital for bruises and scratches.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Poor Students 3.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It's 11:45 a.m. in East Harlem, and Samir Zaimi starts his lesson on life in Colonial America. A social-studies teacher at a public middle school called Renaissance School of the Arts, Zaimi urges the seventh-graders to imagine themselves as colonial settlers, and to complete the writing prompt on the board: "How can I convince people to come to my colony?" Then he notices a student who has been absent for weeks and crosses the room to welcome her. "Been out a while." "Yeah, 27 days," she says. "We'll catch you up." For the rest of the period, Zaimi barely takes a breath as he darts around the room, addressing questions. There's Nunova Williams, who is usually first to raise her hand and wonders what good can be said about 18th-century New Hampshire, which had slaves and high income-inequality. But there are also students who come to class late after meeting with social workers, and others struggling to take an interest in school. Last year, only 13 percent of Renaissance's students demonstrated ...
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Deal sought in horrific N. Philly carjacking 3.2.2016 News
The attorney representing the Logan man charged with carjacking an SUV and plowing it into a fruit stand in North Philadelphia, killing a mother and her three children, says his client is looking to strike a plea deal with prosecutors.
Children now a third of all migrants 3.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
More than one third of migrants making the treacherous sea crossing to Greece from Turkey are now children, according to UNICEF.
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A Record Number Of People Were Exonerated In 2015 For Crimes They Didn’t Commit 3.2.2016 Politics on
The Netfilx hit true-crime series “Making a Murderer”  leaves many people wondering: Just how common is the story of a wrongful conviction in America’s criminal justice system? Too common, according a new report that tracks exonerations. Researchers found that 149 people were cleared in 2015 for crimes they didn't commit -- more than any other year in history, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School. By comparison, 139 people were exonerated in 2014. The number has risen most years since 2005, when 61 people were cleared of crimes they didn't commit.  “Historically, this is a very large number for a type of event that we’d like to think almost never happens or just doesn’t happen,” Samuel Gross, a University of Michigan law professor who helped write the report, told The Huffington Post. The men and women who were cleared last year had, on average, served 14.5 years in prison. Some had been on death row. Others ...
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School wrestlers face rape charges 3.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Four Norman, Oklahoma, high school wrestlers have been charged with felony rape for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday.
Man accused of killing 3 people, leaving 4 children unharmed 3.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with strangling a woman in a bathtub and then fatally shooting two people at another home but leaving several children ...
Man accused of killing 3 people, leaving 4 children unharmed 3.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with strangling a woman in a bathtub and then fatally shooting two people at another home but leaving several children unharmed. Essex County prosecutors say Jeffrey Holland strangled Tiniquah Rouse in a bathtub Friday. Police found a 5-month-old boy safe in a closet at […]
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