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More companies invest in training to prevent sexual harassment — but it might not be doing much good 20.2.2018 LA Times: Business

The recent high-profile reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have prompted a surge in training courses, which experts are updating to reflect the latest examples making front-page news.

Inquiries about sexual harassment training provided by TrainUp have skyrocketed, said Jeremy Tillman,...

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Transit-oriented development? More like transit rider displacement 20.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

For five years, pundits, planners, and policy-makers have scratched their heads at Los Angeles’ steep public transit ridership decline: a 21% decrease on buses,15% in total. To explain it, they cite ride-sharing, cheap gas, even the law that lets undocumented immigrants get licenses to drive. ...

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Trump Creates, Then Exacerbates, Crisis for Palestinian Refugees 17.2.2018 Truthout.com
After Trump's declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians pulled out of the so-called peace talks. In retaliation, Trump halted more than half of US aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which provides basic humanitarian services to 1.3 million Palestinians. Now the European Parliament is moving in to help the Palestinian refugees. Palestinian demonstrators are confronted Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 16, 2018. (Photo: Hazem Bader / AFP / Getty Images) One of the most consequential actions Donald Trump took during the first year of his presidency was to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. When the Palestinians predictably responded by pulling out of the US-led " peace process ," Trump retaliated by cutting US financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by more than 50 percent. "A Death Sentence" for ...
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“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic. 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner […]
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Better Coordination, Engagement Needed to “Bend the Curve” for Cities, Say Experts at World Urban Forum 12.2.2018 THE CITY FIX
Cities are essential to achieve not only the New Urban Agenda, an unprecedented statement of intent by 167 countries more than a year ago in Quito, but the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement, said a series of urban policymakers, ...
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Reclaiming the Radical Critique of Education 10.2.2018 Truthout.com
Whether you read Truthout daily, weekly or even once a month, now's the perfect time to show that you value real journalism. Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! The left has a long history of critiquing not just the content of schooling, but the very concepts and institutions foundational to formal education. Sometimes incompatible but sometimes complementary, radical arguments have marched along side by side over the centuries. Some claimed that the working classes deserved open access to elite education, others that what schools taught was actually nothing more than indoctrination in service to elites and that schools needed a total overhaul in content, while yet others argued that the concepts of school and teacher were in themselves tools for indoctrination and disempowerment and should be abolished. Sometimes one person would adopt more than one, even all, of the above views, depending on the situation or moment. Sometimes radicals just argued the principles among themselves. But there ...
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We must ask what candidates mean by ‘affordable housing’ 10.2.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Too many programs are out of reach for those who need them.
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Rand Paul’s short-lived shutdown is ending, but his warning about the GOP’s deficit hypocrisy reverberates 9.2.2018 Washington Post
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was visibly irritated when his fellow Kentuckian objected to a motion to end the budget debate. But making Republicans uncomfortable was the whole point of Paul’s exercise.
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Black Americans Mostly Left Behind by Progress Since Dr. King's Death 8.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. On Apr. 4, 1968,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. That was almost 50 years ago. Back then, the wholesale racial integration required by the  1964 Civil Rights Act  was just beginning to chip away at discrimination in education, jobs and public facilities. Black voters had only obtained  legal protections  two years earlier, and the  1968 Fair Housing Act  was about to become law. African-Americans were only beginning to move into neighborhoods, colleges and careers once reserved for whites only. I'm too young to remember those days. But hearing my parents talk about the late 1960s, it sounds in some ways like another world. Numerous African-Americans now hold positions of power, from mayor to governor to corporate chief executive -- and, yes, once upon a time,  president . The US is a very different place than it was 50 years ...
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AP Exclusive: Rohingya say military cut off food in Myanmar 8.2.2018 AP Top News
NAYAPARA REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) -- Abdul Goni says the Myanmar government was starving his family one stage at a time....
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Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford 7.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The verdict is in: Food deserts don’t drive nutritional disparities in the United States the way we thought. Over the past decade, study after study has shown that differences in access to healthy food can’t fully explain why wealthy Americans consume a healthier diet than poor Americans.

If food...

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This is the U.S. county that buys the least healthful groceries 7.2.2018 Washington Post
There is an emerging body of research that suggests that some groups of consumers are simply less interested than others in healthy eating.
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The Health 202: Everyone suddenly wants to fund community health centers 6.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Including the House Freedom Caucus.
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The Poverty on Disney’s Doorstep 2.2.2018 American Prospect
Rex Features via AP Images Actors Christopher Rivera, Brooklynn Prince, and Valeria Cotto in The Florida Project  This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  The opening credits of The Florida Project introduce us to a cotton-candy world, soundtracked to “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang—fitting for a summertime setting of Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World, the ideal vacation destination for nearly every American child. Reinforcing the cheeriness, the colors of this film from director Sean Baker (who previously made Tangerine) are heavily saturated—shades of pink and lavender and blue—just like the buildings along Route 192, where Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), the six-year-old who carries the movie, stays with her mom at the Magic Castle Inn and Suites, a short hitchhike away from Disney’s own Magic Kingdom. Moonee and her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite), live in a world quite different from “the happiest place on earth”—though Moonee’s summer is ...
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Southern Californians are on a car-buying spree, and that's cutting deeply into transit ridership, study says 2.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The vast majority of public transit agencies across Southern California, from modest municipal carriers to the West Coast’s largest bus system, have watched their ridership numbers fall off a cliff over the last five years.

As data has revealed multi-year decreases of up to 25%, experts and officials...

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How Economic Distress Impacts Your Health 1.2.2018 Truthout.com
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! According to  a recent report , Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia have the worst health in the US. These states have higher rates of premature deaths, chronic diseases and poor health behaviors year after year. Why are people in some places in the US consistently less healthy than those in others? If you look to health and fitness magazines, it may seem like poor diet, lack of exercise and other bad behaviors are to blame. Genetics and access to health care are also commonly cited reasons for why some people are healthier than others. But where a person lives, works and plays also matters. As a public health researcher interested in how society affects our health, my research shows where you live plays a powerful role on your health. Economic ...
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Cape Town tightening water restrictions again amid drought 31.1.2018 Washington Post: World
South Africa’s drought-hit city of Cape Town plans to introduce new water restrictions on Thursday in an attempt to avoid what it calls “Day Zero,” the day in mid-April when it might have to turn off most taps.
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Trump's first State of the Union address, annotated 31.1.2018 Washington Post: Politics
A full transcript of the president's speech, plus context and analysis
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Advocate for homeless sues to stop Orange County from clearing riverbed encampment 30.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A nonprofit that advocates for the homeless sued Orange County on Monday, hoping to stop officials from clearing an encampment with more than 500 people along the Santa Ana River.

The lawsuit filed by the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center also names the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Orange....

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What White People Can Do for Food Justice 29.1.2018 Truthout.com
People of color have been working for food justice for decades. They need resources. Chef Nadine Nelson, creator of Master Cooks Corps train-the-trainer program, says white people in the food movement should ask: What are you doing to hold yourself accountable to people of color? Best-selling author Mark Bittman prepares lunch in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. (Photo: Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post via Getty Images)   Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! It is possible that the rich and famous can offer more to society than glimpses into their opulent lifestyles. The cult of celebrity today goes beyond our desire and admiration of superstars' expensive clothes, cars, and houses. We want to know where they stand on important issues that impact our lives, like racism, sexual violence, the environment, food and land reform. To our consolation, some of them are actually using their platforms to stand ...
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