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U.S. child welfare system is falling short because of persistent child poverty

Although government spending on the child welfare system totaled $33 billion in 2018, the most recent year for which an estimate is available, it’s still failing to meet all children’s needs because of overwhelming demand. ... Read more»

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U.S. schools are not racially integrated, despite decades of effort

Nearly seven decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the court’s declared goal of integrated education is still not yet achieved.... Read more»

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How media reports of 'clashes' mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence

When reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, headlines often fail to mention who instigated the violence nor any hint of the power imbalance in the region - and headlines matter because many Americans do not read past them when consuming news.... Read more»

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6 months after climate summit: Where to find progress in a dangerous & divided world

Six months ago, negotiators at the United Nations’ Glasgow climate summit celebrated new commitments to lower global greenhouse gas emissions - today, the world looks ever more complex but there are areas to watch for progress and cooperation.... Read more»

What’s behind the U.S. infant formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again

A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies - so what caused the shortage, and how can it be prevented in the future?... Read more»

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Religious beliefs give strength to the anti-abortion movement – but not all religions agree

Most anti-abortion rallies have signs and banners with religious admonitions such as “pray for life” and “pray to end abortion,” but in actuality, America’s religious community is divided over the issue of abortion.... Read more»

Fed hopes for 'soft landing' for U.S. economy, but history suggests it won’t be able to prevent recession

With inflation surging to a new 40-year high and continuing to accelerate, the Fed is expected to lift interest rates a planned seven times in 2022 to cool demand and slow rising prices - but there is a likelihood of a recession in the not too distant future. ... Read more»

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How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the U.S.

The treatment of Ukrainian versus Central American, African, Haitian and other asylum seekers has prompted criticism that U.S. refugee policy is racially and religiously discriminatory, favoring white, European, mostly Christian refugees over other groups.... Read more»

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Jaguars could return to the U.S. Southwest – but only if they have pathways to move north

Jaguars are the only species of big cat found on the American continent, and though local populations across the continent are decreasing at alarming rates, some experts think it’s possible jaguars could return to the Southwest U.S.... Read more»

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Achoo! 5 essential reads for pollen season

As spring expands across North America, trees, shrubs and flowers are releasing pollen, and as pollen travels, it also triggers allergies in some 25 million Americans - this roundup of articles describes recent findings on coping with pollen season.... Read more»

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3 ways teachers can help special-ed students of color do better

When compared to white students with disabilities, students of color with disabilities are more likely to be placed in separate classrooms, and this may lead to lower educational outcomes for students of color in special education.... Read more»

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News media heeding call to limit naming perpetrators in mass shootings

For the past 10 years, news media has followed the way law enforcement has reacted after mass shootings - never mention the suspect’s name or offer much information about the person - as a way to diminishes the notoriety of the perpetrator.... Read more»

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Sacred hares, banished winter witches & pagan worship – the ancient roots of Easter Bunny traditions

The Easter Bunny is a much celebrated character in American Easter celebrations, and the the origins of this mythical figure has taken a long and interesting journey from European prehistory to today. ... Read more»

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Amazon, Starbucks and the sparking of a new American union movement

Inspired by pro-union sentiment in political movements, individuals are spearheading the efforts for workplace reform rather than professional union organizers - indeed, one would be hard pressed to find many experienced organizers among the recent successful campaigns. ... Read more»

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Much of the cost of dementia care in aging Native American adults is due to hospitalization

The total treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native older adults with dementia are US$2,943 higher than for those without dementia because of higher hospitalization costs, the first assessment of the treatment costs among Native American adults with dementia.... Read more»

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared

It is a costly fact of modern life that organizations from pipelines and shipping companies to hospitals - and local governments, like schools and hospitals - are vulnerable to cyberattacks, and the threat of cyberattacks from Russia and other nations makes a bad situation worse. ... Read more»

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