United States

Sisters map hunger solutions—give 3 years to visit 93 programs in 50 states and DC

by Linda Bloom United Methodist News Service July 11, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. (UMNS) — Betsy Comstock and Carolyn Pesheck wanted to see for themselves how people are responding to the issue of hunger in America.The two sisters, both active United Methodists, bought a used minivan and embarked on a series of road trips between 2009 and 2012 that took them to h...

Five years ago a Washington DC housing project was torn down to promote development in the area, with a promise to rebuild and return the people displ...

by Robert Samuels Washington Post July 7, 2013

When the city down Temple Courts five years ago, staff assured her that she and her neighbors would return. That there was a plan. That this time wouldn’t be like the others, when poor, black neighborhoods were paved over in the name of progress....

Children make their way off the bus after eating on the Lunch Express. Four buses deliver a total of 350 lunches each weekday in the rural areas surrounding Greeneville, Tenn. The bus visits trailer parks and housing developments. Children in these areas are often stranded in the summer, and, for some of them, the meal on the bus is the only reliable meal of the day. Michael S. Williamson /The Washington Post

After Supreme Court ruling, southern States rush to establish new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which would make it...

by Michael Cooper New York Times July 5, 2013

State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act....

Barring of Bolivan plane infuriates Latin America as Snowden case widens

by William Neuman and Alison Smale New York Times July 3, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela — The geopolitical storm churned up by Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, continued to spread on Wednesday as Latin American leaders roundly condemned the refusal to let Bolivia’s president fly over several European nations, rallying to his side ...

US postal service logging all mail for law enforcement

by Ron Nixon New York Times July 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home....

North Carolina’s deep cut to jobless benefits takes effect amid protests

by Alan Blinder New York Times July 1, 2013

North Carolina’s sharp cuts in benefits to the unemployed went into effect this week, amid a swelling public outcry.The far-reaching changes enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature in February decreased the maximum benefit payout by more than one-third, which will result in a decline in t...

Take the impossible “literacy” test Louisiana gave black voters in the 1960s

by Rebecca Onion Slate June 28, 2013

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Cheap, trendy ‘fast fashion’ in demand, despite factory dangers

by Cara Kelly Washington Post June 28, 2013

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