Linette Salcedo

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Silicon Valley Poverty "Worse Than Estimated"

Almost 1 in 5 residents of Silicon Valley are poor, a new study out of Stanford University reveals.<p>The tech-fueled economic boom that's made Menlo …

Billionaire couple donates $10 million to Head Start programs closed by U.S. government shutdown

A philanthropic billionaire couple pledged up to $10 million in an effort to fund Head Start programs that could no longer operate due to the ongoing government shutdown, officials announced on Monday.<p>Laura and John Arnold provided the money needed to reopen the seven Head Start programs in six …

Truancy is just a symptom

He was 15 years old but looked 12, a reedy, pale little guy with a mop of dark hair. When he stood in front of the class to tell his story, he was so nervous you could see his skinny legs trembling under his khakis. The drama class assignment was to tell a story about a minor life event that led to …

Los Angeles

A visit to an impoverished Indian reservation changes one’s definition of need

I’ve been thinking lately about an expression I once heard from a Russian friend: “The full to the table of the hungry do not go.” I suppose it’s on …

Malala inspires school curriculum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 16-year-old Pakistani teen targeted for a Taliban assassination because she championed education for girls has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy.<p>George Washington University announced Monday that faculty members are creating multimedia …

Europe court criticises Russia over Katyn massacre inquiry

<b>The European Court of Human Rights says Russia has failed to explain why it kept key files secret when it investigated the 1940 Katyn massacre of more than 20,000 Polish war prisoners.</b><p>Russia failed to comply with a human rights obligation to provide evidence, the Strasbourg judges ruled.<p>But they …

Human Rights

Living on $5,000 a year, on purpose: Meet America's 'intentional poor'

<i>By Nona Willis Aronowitz, NBC News contributor</i><p>More than two decades ago, then-33-year-old Dan Price had a wife, two small children, a high-interest mortgage, and a stressful job as a photojournalist in Kentucky. He worried daily about money and the workaday grind.<p>“I told myself, ‘buck up and pay …

Native Americans Give Other Groups A Taste Of Casual Sports Team Racism

Native Americans have long tried to raise awareness about the racism inherent in their portrayal in sports team iconography like the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins.<p>President Obama recently stirred the long-simmering pot of this dispute by weighing in on behalf of Native Americans. “I …

'Abdication of responsibility'? The walk to a better school that puts lives at risk

<b>By Trymaine Lee, National Writer, msnbc.com</b><p><b><br>PHILADELPHIA</b>— Each morning just before school, Dawn Hawkins and her 13-year-old son Khyrie hold hands, close their eyes and bow their heads.<p>“Be a shield of protection for my baby,” Hawkins prays over the lanky 8th grader.<p>Then it’s off to his new school: a …