How One Homeless Teenage Mother Broke the Cycle of Poverty

Since Superstorm Sandy pounded the East Coast, New Jersey food banks are in high demand, some feeding twice as many families as before, npr.org reports. And as Thanksgiving approaches, some food banks are struggling to bring turkeys to their families’ tables. The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County has distributed over 250,000 meals in…

Deadly Dose: CNN Special

Emily Jackson and her mother, Ellen, on her high school graduation day in 2006. Emily took an Oxycontin — a single prescription pill — that her cousin offered to her while drinking. She went to sleep that night and never woke up. She died of respiratory depression — she simply stopped breathing. FULL STORY CNN.COM

State jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

The state unemployment rate fell in October, but largely because more people dropped out of the labor force, even as the economy added 6,700 jobs. October’s state employment numbers offered a mixed picture Thursday of the direction of the labor market just before the holiday shopping season. While the survey of businesses indicated steady job…

Connie Rice: Advancement Project – Leadership

Advancement Project In her legal work, Connie has led multi-racial coalitions of lawyers and clients to win more than $10 billion in damages and policy changes, through traditional class action civil rights cases redressing police misconduct, race and sex discrimination and unfair public policy in transportation, probation and public housing. She filed a landmark case…

Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love

When Jorja Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she encountered a myriad of proposed solutions to the seemingly intractable “gang problem” and set out to discover what was really going on. The stakes—then and now—could not be higher: a child or teenager is killed by gunfire every three hours—and homicide is the…

Veterans Day events in and around Seattle

Source: Seattle Times A list of selected parades, ceremonies, activities and discounts for veterans on Veterans Day 2012. A partial list of Veterans Day events in the Greater Seattle area. Veterans Day Parade SAT Veterans Remembrance Ceremony, 9:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E., Auburn; parade with military flyover, honor guards, veterans units,…