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Push for minimum wage hike led by localities, Democrats

by Mike DeBonis and Reid Wilson Washington Post November 28, 2013

States and municipalities across the country are leading a localized push to raise the minimum wage, driven largely by Democrats, who see an opening to appeal to working-class Americans at a time of growing inequity....

Eduardo Shoy, 58, holds two jobs: a KFC and Pizza Hut deliveryman and a forklift operator. “Tired?” he asked. “I’m too busy to be tired.” Photo: Michael Appleton/New York Times

Life on $7.25 an hour: Older workers are increasingly entering fast-food industry

by Alan Feuer New York Times November 28, 2013

On a recent Friday evening, Eduardo Shoy left work at 6 p.m. Mr. Shoy, a deliveryman for KFC and Pizza Hut, was coming off an eight-hour shift of driving three-cheese pies and crispy chicken fingers, in an automotive blur, to private homes and businesses in central Queens....

John Stewart works at the Philadelphia International Airport escorting passengers in wheelchairs. The job pays $5.25 an hour, plus tips. “I’m glad I don’t have a family,” Stewart said. “Because if I had a family, man, we’d be hit  Photo:Will Figg/Washington Post

Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy

by Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement Washington Post November 25, 2013

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Jenner Barrington-Ward says that she has been told, “point-blank to my face, ‘We don’t hire the unemployed.’ ” Photo: Gretchen Ertl/New York Times

Caught in unemployment’s revolving door

by Annie Lowrey New York Times November 16, 2013

On a cold October morning, just after the federal government shutdown came to an end, Jenner Barrington-Ward headed into court in Boston to declare bankruptcy....

Destroying in Order to Build: As the populations of many former industrial cities dwindle, buildings are being razed rather than raised to better position the cities for growth. Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

Blighted cities prefer razing to rebuilding. Half of the nation’s 20 largest cities in 1950 have lost at least one-third of their populations

by Timothy Williams New York Times November 12, 2013

BALTIMORE — Shivihah Smith’s East Baltimore neighborhood, where he lives with his mother and grandmother, is disappearing. The block one over is gone. A dozen rowhouses on an adjacent block were removed one afternoon last year. And on the corner a few weeks ago, a pair of houses that were damage...

Too much of too little: A diet fueled by food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry

by Eli Saslow Washington Post November 10, 2013

McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl...

Trans-fats to be phased out, FDA says

by Brady Dennis Washington Post November 7, 2013

Artificial trans fats, a key ingredient in everything from pastries to pizzas to microwave popcorn for generations, will be banished from America’s food supply under a new federal proposal because of their risk to public health...

Big corporate spending pays off in Washington’s genetically modified food fight

by Niraj Shokshi Washington Post November 6, 2013

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Children from poor families lag in cognitive development and other areas, report says

by Michael Alison Chandler Washington Post November 4, 2013

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Joe Torpey has been alternating between stays in a Walmart lot and spots in the woods for the past seven years. Due to a back injury he received several years ago, he has had a tough time finding work. “This car saved my life,” he says of his 1998 Ford Taurus station wagon. He fears that his car will break down, because he doesn’t think he’ll last living on the street. Photo: Nolan Conway/Wired

Meet the American nomads of Walmart’s plentiful parking lots

by Jakob Schiller Wired November 1, 2013

IF YOU’VE EVER tried to sleep in your car on a long trip without planning ahead, you may have run into the law at some point. Each U.S. city has a different policy and tolerance for car-sleeping and it’s hard to find a legit spot if you don’t know where exactly you’ll be stopping...

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