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Hurricane Harvey creates huge need for legal aid

After an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed property and tore apart lives, legal needs continue for years. For people already …

Having a mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t work – I’m proof

Government research has confirmed that mental health costs the nation £99bn. It doesn’t make financial sense for employers to discriminate<p>It’s official. The government-commissioned Thriving at Work report has found that many of us are not, in fact, thriving at work. About 300,000 of us with …

Girls’ school shoes are hobbling their chances in life

The flimsy, open-topped shoes marketed to little girls tell them they aren’t meant to be physically active – with profound consequences<p>Last week, like many parents, I walked into a shoe shop to buy my daughter some school shoes. Outside it was raining, and all I wanted was a nice, stylish, …


My son found the help he needed at CPS

As a Chicago Public Schools parent, I am writing to say I share the optimism of the parents and principals quoted in your Sept. 5 back-to-school story.<p>Come January, Illinois parents will have the chance to apply for tax credits when they donate to scholarship funds for private schools. But I won’t …


How to make one of America's most dangerous jobs safer

They are routinely yelled at, spat at, pummeled, kicked, scratched and even stabbed by the people they’re trying to save.<p>In many states, being a nurse is more dangerous than being a police officer or a prison guard. It’s a profession with a stunning amount of violence.<p>The video of Utah nurse Alex …

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Chicago has the best weather for Amazon's HQ2. Why? No destructive hurricanes.

Has Chicago’s notorious weather suddenly become its biggest asset? Does the city of wind chill and blizzards actually have the climate that somebody would pay $5 billion for?<p>The somebody is Amazon, which has announced that it plans to build its second headquarters somewhere in North America. The …

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