United States

Suicides soar in past decade—annual total surpasses car crash deaths

by Timothy W Martin Wall Street Journal May 2, 2013

The number of deaths caused by suicide has risen precipitously in the last decade, surpassing those caused by car crashes and even some of the most fatal diseases, according to a government report released Thursday....

A section of a half-mile long concrete wall, six feet tall and a foot or so thick, now covered with murals, built in the 1940s is shown in Detroit, March 28, 2013. The wall was built with a simple aim—to separate blacks and whites.

Detroit race wall located on Birwood Street that once separated whites and blacks now haven for art

by Jeff Karoub Associated Press/Huntington Post May 1, 2013

DETROIT -- When Eva Nelson-Mc Clendon first moved to Detroit's Birwood Street in 1959, she didn't know much about the wall across the street. At 6 feet tall and a foot thick, it wasn't so imposing, running as it did between houses on her street and one over. Then she started to hear the talk....

A food fight over Food for Peace

by David Rodgers Politico April 24, 2013

After a decade of foreign wars, who’d have thought Washington would now be fighting over something called “Food for Peace”? Yet almost half the House Republicans voted against funding the Eisenhower-era icon in the previous Congress. And Wednesday found Rajiv Shah — the bright young star at ...

Lonnie Briglia, 60, paused to compose himself as he told of the losing battle with the bank to save the family home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “It’s like life is a big doughnut and I fell through the hole,” he said. He’s inside the small trailer he bought for $750 after losing the family home to foreclosure, and he has been on the fence about whether he would take part in SNAP but said might do it if desperate.

In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices

by Eli Saslow Washington Post April 24, 2013

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Obama proposes end to monetized food aid

by IRIN News April 11, 2013

The President's budget, tabled on Wednesday 10 April, ends years of US reliance for food aid on its agriculture surpluses. However, NGOs have been asking for removing the requirement to buy most of the emergency food aid in the US and transporting it on US vehicles to reduce costs and save time....

The positive economics of ‘leaning in’—economists estimate that that between 1960 and 2008, about 15% to 20% of the growth in productivi...

by David Wessell Wall Street Journal April 3, 2013

In case you missed the 43-year-old Facebook executive speaking with Oprah or on the cover of Time, the thesis of her "Lean In" book is this: We have educated a generation of women well, but too few make it to the top rungs. That's partly because of societal barriers and subtle biases remain, partly ...

Why business and labor can’t agree on an immigrant labor program

by Ted Hesson ABC News/Univision March 29, 2013

Leaders from business and labor are closer to making a deal on a new visa that would create a legal pathway to the U.S. for some lesser-skilled immigrant workers. An agreement would shape how an immigration reform bill being drafted in the Senate deals with the so-called "future flow" of workers....

Drone base in Niger gives US a strategic foothold in West Africa

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 21, 2013

NIAMEY, Niger — The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occasional sandstorm blowing from the Sahara....

Study of men’s falling income cites single parents families as a possible cause

by Binyamin Appelbaum New York Times March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The decline of two-parent households may be a significant reason for the divergent fortunes of male workers, whose earnings generally declined in recent decades, and female workers, whose earnings generally increased, a prominent labor economist argues in a new survey of existing rese...

Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

by Eli Saslow Washington Post March 16, 2013

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