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GUEST COMMENTARY: Slavery persists through prison labor programs

Right now there’s a national movement mobilizing to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. But imagine if instead of earning …

The Justice Department closed this troubled private prison. Immigration authorities are reopening it.

When the Justice Department announced two months ago that it wanted to end the use of private prisons, Cibola County Correctional Center was exactly the kind of facility that officials desired to shut down. After a history of questionable deaths and substandard medical care, the New Mexico facility …

Severe criminal justice policies hurt U.S. economy: White House | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longer prison sentences for non-violent criminals and crowded prisons are hurting the American economy more than they are helping it, economists in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said in a report released on Saturday.<p>The front gate is pictured at the Taconic …

Mississippi Town Finally Ordered to De-segregate After 51-Year Legal Battle

A U.S. District Judge ruled that Cleveland, Mississippi, must merge its integrated and all-black schools.<p>Sixty-two years after <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i> found school segregation unconstitutional, a federal court has ordered a Mississippi school district to finally complete the process of …

66 Million Americans Have No Emergency Savings

Many Americans are woefully ill-prepared for an unplanned expense, so much so that a whopping 66 million U.S. adults have zero dollars saved for an emergency, according to a new study.<p>When broken down by age, those in Generation X fared the worst: One-third of people ages 36 to 51 said they had …

Retirement

Practically Speaking, The Death Penalty Is Disappearing In The United States

Although nearly 3,000 people are on death row in America, there has not been an execution in the country for two months — and few executions are expected in the coming months.<p>WASHINGTON — It has been two months since any state in the United States has carried out an execution.<p>This marks the longest …

7,000 Deaths in Custody

A first-ever database provides a detailed look at how people died during encounters with the criminal-justice system in Texas.<p>Between 2005 and 2015, 6,913 people died while in legal custody in Texas. Many died of natural causes while serving long prison sentences. Others ended their own lives. A …

Crime

DOJ: Private prisons are more dangerous than government prisons — for inmates and guards

These "contract prisons" were first developed as a solution to alleviate overcrowding in public Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities — they typically hold adult male inmates who are undocumented immigrants and are nearing the end of their sentences.<p>As of December 2015, contract prisons held around …

Medicare Pays Female Doctors Nearly $19,000 Less Than Male Doctors: Study

In a single year, Medicare reimbursed female physicians almost $19,000 less than male doctors, according to a new study published in <i>Postgraduate</i> …

Although 9.4% difference is at narrowest point since 1970 Equal Pay Act the report deems progress too slow with wide gap in fields dominated by women<p>It will be more than half a century before the gender pay gap closes in the UK, according to a report that highlights the gulf between men and women’s …

Gender

A reminder that you really need to get as many raises as you can before you turn 40

It is something you often hear about in the race for the White House. In simple terms, many Americans feel like they're not doing any better than they were five or 10 years ago. And sure enough, growth in wages minus inflation <i>has</i> fallen sharply over the past 30 years.<p>"Our analysis shows that this …

Male birth control shot found effective, but side effects cut study short

<b>(CNN) —</b> Both men and women are responsible for pregnancy, yet the burden of preventing it often falls on one gender. Women can choose from a variety of options to control fertility while for generations, men have been limited to withdrawal, condoms and sterilization. But someday soon, a new method …

Birth Control

A Police Officer's Wife Faked a Robbery and Blamed Black Lives Matter, Authorities Say

The wife of a Millbury, Mass. police officer allegedly faked a robbery and vandalized the couple’s own home.<p>According to police, Maria Daly reported …

Hundreds Of Hateful Incidents Reported After Trump's Victory

Michigan middle school students chanting "build a wall" at Latino classmates. A woman speaking a foreign language on a San Francisco Bay Area train being called an "ugly, mean, evil, little pig." A Los Angeles student reportedly being teased that she was going to be deported.<p>Since the presidential …

1950's

<b>Leave it to Beaver</b><p>No television show better encompassed the conservative values, beliefs and attitudes of the 1950s than “Leave it to Beaver” which …

From ‘Full House’ to ‘Modern Family’: Ten shows that forced us to reimagine the American family

“Modern Family” (pictured above) is one show in a long line of television hits that radically reshaped America’s definition of family.<p>Religious …

'Clownageddon' continues as creepy clowns are spotted in three more US states

'We won't stand for anyone terrorising our community' warned Greeley district attorney.<p>More towns across America have been unnerved by alleged creepy …

White movement

Not to be confused with White Power Movement, White Russia, Belarus, or Nuer White Army.<p>The <b>White movement</b> (Russian: Бѣлое движеніе/Белое движение, …

The Accidental Power of Design

Do we know what we’re talking about when we talk about design? Design is both noun and verb, covering work that ranges from the composition of a tattoo to the amelioration of climate change. We design spoons and rooms, houses and cities, power grids and national identities, international treaties …

The film caused some audience members to faint at the Toronto film festival, due to highly realistic depictions of bite marks and ‘lacerated extremities’<p>Paramedics were called to a Toronto film screening on Tuesday, after some cinemagoers fainted during a cannibal horror film.<p>The swoonings occurred …

Horror

Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve

Ask people what’s wrong in American higher education, and you’ll hear about grade inflation. At Harvard a few years ago, a professor complained that the most common grade was an A-. He was quickly corrected: The most common grade at Harvard was an A.<p>Across 200 colleges and universities, over 40 …

Students

History & Overivew of the Western Wall

The holiest place in Judaism is the Temple Mount where the Second Temple stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E. Mistakenly, the …

Nanking Massacre

"Rape of Nanking" redirects here. For Iris Chang's book, see <i>The Rape of Nanking</i> (book).<p>"Nankin Jiken" redirects here. For the 1927 Nankin Jiken, see …

Pashtun | people

<b>Alternative Titles:</b> Afghan, Pakhtun, Pathan, Pushtun<p><b>Pashtun</b>, also spelled <b>Pushtun</b> or <b>Pakhtun</b>, Hindustani <b>Pathan</b>, Persian <b>Afghan</b>, Pashto-speaking people …

The Great Game

For other uses, see The Great Game (disambiguation).<p>"<b>The Great Game</b>" was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the …

It's hard to date when you're fat, but not for the reasons you might think.

"You know what I like about you? You’ve got fat pride. I felt that way, too, until I realized I wanted anyone to fuck me ever."<p>We’d been talking …

Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and Free Speech, Too

I didn’t get the University of Chicago welcome letter that made the rounds on the internet earlier this summer. I’m a senior this year, and the message from Jay Ellison, the dean of undergraduate students, was for the incoming class: Don’t expect trigger warnings or safe spaces here. The …