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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The Change We Need: Stop Whining About Activists 4.12.2020 Mother Jones
Barack Obama rankled “defund the police” activists this week when he said that “snappy slogans” like theirs turned voters off. Maybe it would better, many of them joked, if they simply prepended another snappy slogan—“yes, we can”—to “defund the police.” Obama was arguing in his capacity as a former president, perhaps one who felt unduly […]
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The Plan Is Unfolding for How Vaccines Will Be Monitored 2.12.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a joint operation between U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense, continues to be shrouded in secrecy, but little by little information is emerging that long-term monitoring of the U.S. public is part of the plan.

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Chicago police ask for help finding driver in hit-and-run that killed 86-year-old man in Little Village 1.12.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The same day an 86-year-old Little Village man killed by a hit-and-run driver was buried, Chicago police released a photo of an SUV involved in the crash.
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Letters to the Editor: Why a 1-penny tax on plastic containers is hugely unfair 26.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The companies and shareholders that profited from cheap disposable plastic containers should pay for cleanup, not consumers.

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Denver Health retaliated against those who spoke out about systemic racism and COVID-19, whistleblower complaint alleges 25.11.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver Health employees have filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that the medical center has retaliated against them for raising concerns about systemic racism and speaking to the media about their experiences related to COVID-19. 
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Muslims reel over a prayer app that sold user data: 'A betrayal from within our own community' 24.11.2020 LA Times: Business

The Muslim Pro app has features that make it easier to practice Islam. But revelations about its data collection have upset some users.

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What Kyle Rittenhouse’s $2 Million Fundraiser Reveals About the Unequal System of Justice in America 23.11.2020 Mother Jones
On Friday, Cynthia Green stood outside a grassy field at a folding table, selling french fries, corn fritters, and rib sandwiches to try and raise enough money to bury her 18-year-old son, who had been shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy in Cocoa, Florida, one week earlier. Green couldn’t afford the funeral costs on her […]
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Jad Daley of American Forests on how forests are pivotal to climate change and social equity 20.11.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Jad Daley of American Forests on how forests are pivotal to climate change and social equity This video is sponsored by American Forests.    “Tree inequity magnifies the dangerous inequities that we have in our cities. We need the benefit of trees and forests more now than ever. ”    John Davies, VP & Senior Analyst, Greenbiz interviewed Jad Daley, CEO, American Forests, during VERGE 20, which took place 10/26-10/30/20. View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/verge-20-archive . YanniGuo Fri, 11/20/2020 - ...
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Late-night restaurant owners want to play fair. So far, they say, Newsom hasn't 20.11.2020 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Many late-night food and bar businesses say the third pandemic shut-down is punishment that avoids the root cause of the coronavirus spike. Researchers say the science is sound.

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Establish the Office of Climate Mobilization 20.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

We Are the Majority

"They've given us a mandate for action on covid, the economy, on climate change, on systemic racism." - President-Elect Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump with the highest youth turnout ever. Now, Joe Biden must assemble a powerful governing team to stop the climate crisis, create millions of good-paying jobs, address systemic racism, and control the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Black Farmers Have Been Robbed of Land. A New Bill Would Give Them a “Quantum Leap” Toward Justice. 19.11.2020 Mother Jones
After the US Civil War, newly emancipated Black growers won a share of the agricultural landscape. They did so despite fierce backlash and the ultimately failed promises of Reconstruction. By the 1910s, nearly a million Black farmers, a seventh of the nation’s total, owned 41.4 million acres of land, mostly in the South. That turned […]
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Letters to the Editor: Why hand over an entire letters page to supporters of a racist president? 17.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Readers react to our letters page devoted entirely to Trump voters. Some expressed appreciation; others were far more critical.

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5 ways businesses can take action to reduce environmental racism 16.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
5 ways businesses can take action to reduce environmental racism Samantha Harris Mon, 11/16/2020 - 00:20 For decades, Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in the United States have sought environmental justice as a civil right, but now, the grave disparities in environmental harms are coming into national prominence . This year’s COVID-19 crisis and racial justice movement have highlighted the systemic inequities in the U.S. and revealed how crises disproportionately affect certain populations. The urgency of now is underscored by the climate crisis and the need for climate justice.  Businesses continue to lead on climate in the absence of U.S. political will. And while we have a long way to go, businesses are also stepping up in the fight for racial equity  — some leading the pack, such as Starbucks , and beginning to integrate equitable strategies across their business, particularly in their climate solutions. Whether we say climate justice, climate equity, the intersection of climate change ...
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Trump Became President Because of Racism. The Next Trump Could Too. 11.11.2020 Mother Jones
On Saturday, when the major media outlets called the presidential election for Joe Biden, millions of people around the country took to the streets to celebrate. But as people popped champagne bottles, danced alongside their neighbors, and cried tears of joy, the question of what comes next loomed ominously. Even though, (barring the unlikely event […]
How Europe's Wood Pellet Appetite Worsens Environmental Racism in the US South 10.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In 2013, when Enviva Biomass opened a new plant near Belinda Joyner's community in Northampton County, North Carolina, she already knew what to expect. As the Northeast Organizer for Clean Water for North Carolina, she'd met with residents of a small, majority Black town called Ahoskie, 40 miles from her home. Enviva had built its first North Carolina plant there two years before.

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Op-Ed: What a buzz cut during the pandemic taught me about racism and sexism 9.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Friends cheered me on when I cut off my chemically straightened hair, but my father quietly worried about my decision.

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Editorial: So much for California's racial reckoning. Voters reject affirmative action - again 5.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The failure of Proposition 16 is a shame and a missed opportunity.

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A California Proposition Could Reinstate Affirmative Action. Why Are Some Asian Americans Against It? 3.11.2020 Mother Jones
Prop 16 in California would overturn the state’s ban on affirmative action programs in public institutions. The opposition to the measure has been led by a familiar constellation of people in the long-running, multi-front push to undermine affirmative action programs. And like a lot of other recent efforts, the opposition also includes a number of […]
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Flyers recruiting for far-right group Proud Boys placed on cars in Ravenswood 1.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Flyers attempting to recruit for the far-right group the Proud Boys were placed on cars parked throughout several residential blocks in Ravenswood late Friday.
Pope Francis Endorsing Civil Unions Was a Huge Deal. These LGBTQ Catholics Know Exactly Why. 27.10.2020 Mother Jones
When Pope Francis shocked Catholics last week by endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples, it didn’t take long for Aaron Bianco to hear about it. A Catholic professor of theology at the University of San Diego, he also happens to be openly gay and married. Several students immediately texted him when news of Francis’ comments reached […]
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