On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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Editorial: It shouldn't take squatters to compel California to act on homelessness 1.12.2020 LA Times: Opinion

By taking over houses owned by Caltrans, activists have shined a spotlight on the housing crisis.

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Round 2 of Invest South/West seeks to revive Bronzeville, South Chicago, New City, North Lawndale 1.12.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
After receiving a dozen real estate development proposals for the initial three sites in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Invest South/West initiative, the city is seeking developers for another four properties on the city’s South and West sides.
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One San Diego ZIP Code averages 30 new coronavirus cases daily 27.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Residents in southern San Diego communities grapple with a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Homeless families sought shelter from COVID-19 in vacant homes. CHP evicted them before Thanksgiving 27.11.2020 LA Times: Health

The Thanksgiving eve evictions came as activists argued that government officials had failed to provide shelter to keep people safe during the pandemic.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ‘pandemic budget’ for 2021 cleared the Chicago City Council. Here are 5 things to know. 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Chicago aldermen on Tuesday narrowly approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $12.8 billion “pandemic budget” for 2021, a package that will fund city government through the next fiscal year while closing a projected $1.2 billion budget deficit fueled by coronavirus-pandemic driven revenue losses to municipal coffers. Among other things, the package includes a $94 million property tax hike, as well as increases in fees and fines. Aldermen voted 28-22 in support of Lightfoot’s property tax increase and 29-21 to pass her budget.Here are five things to know:
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Column: How Huntington Beach became Angrytown, USA 24.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Huntington Beach has always been conservative, but the governor, masks rules and a new coronavirus curfew have fueled all-out rage.

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Rent is falling in Los Angeles. Head east, you'll find the opposite 23.11.2020 LA Times: Health

In major cities such as Los Angeles, rent is falling during the COVID-19 pandemic. But in suburban markets such as the Inland Empire, rent is rising fast.

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Letters to the Editor: A simple campaign finance fix: If you can't vote for it, you can't donate to it 22.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The amount of money being poured into the Georgia Senate races is obscene. Donations should only be allowed by Georgians.

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Citi Foundation gives $15 million in PPP proceeds to 30 lenders serving lower-income communities, including two in Chicago 20.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Citigroup’s philanthropic arm is giving two Chicago-based lenders serving low-income communities $500,000 each from proceeds the bank collected through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
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Editorial: Here's one reason California isn't building enough affordable housing: bureaucracy 19.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California strangles affordable housing production with red tape, according to a new audit.

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Sweeping plans for Denver’s east side would allow taller buildings, more density 16.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Denver City Council is considering a sweeping plan which would allow taller buildings and greater density along East Colfax Avenue as well as more accessory dwelling units in the South Park Hill, Montclair, Hale and East Colfax neighborhoods.
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This Guy Is Unhappy With His Health Care Plan, So He Wants SCOTUS to Destroy Obamacare 16.11.2020 Mother Jones
John Nantz doesn’t like his health insurance plan. At $266 a month, he thinks the bronze plan he buys off the federal health exchange is too expensive, plus the $6,500 deductible is too high. The single, childless, 34-year-old management consultant in Austin says he doesn’t need much health care anyway, just the sports therapists and […]
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Column: Amid a pandemic that isolates us, Chicago architecture awards recognize designs that build community 14.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In an era defined by a pandemic and polarization, the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects on Friday presented awards that recognized architecture's power to build community.
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Editorial: Did anyone expect Trump to tiptoe his way back out of the china shop? 13.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

President Trump seems bent on sowing even more chaos in the U.S. government as he moves, kicking and screaming, closer to the exit.

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'Work from anywhere' is here to stay. How will it change our workplaces? 12.11.2020 L.A. Times - Technology News

Working from home will become the norm for many employees even after the pandemic ends. But prepare for a pay cut.

Column: Is Biden's 'public option' for healthcare already dead? 12.11.2020 LA Times: Health

President-elect Biden has proposed a "public option" to compete with private insurance plans. Experts say a GOP-controlled Senate would make that impossible.

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The Spin: Kinzinger, Bost, other local Republicans and the Trump tightrope | Tallying the ballots left to count in Illinois | Illinois General Assembly cancels session as COVID-19 cases rise 11.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's politics newsletter.
BMO Harris launches $5 billion program to help Black and Latino businesses and communities, with ‘significant’ investment in Chicago 11.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
BMO Harris launching $5 billion initiative to support minority-owned businesses
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Despite Biden win, Obamacare’s future remains uncertain. Five things to know about the Supreme Court case that will be heard today. 10.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
On the heels of a tense election week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday that could change the face of health care in America. Here's what you need to know.
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The Spin: Biden-Harris vow relief for cash-strapped states | Reports of Emanuel in Biden White House stir controversy | Chicago doctors tapped for Biden-Harris for COVID-19 team 10.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's politics newsletter.
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