May

WHAT'S ON

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Flood damage points to government neglect

WORCESTER, Mass. — The worst flooding in 70 years has devastated much of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, leaving dozens of towns disaster areas, and focusing public attention on decades of neglect for the Massachusetts infrastructure, especially its 3,000 dams.

Activists hit racial profiling in West Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Coalition for Justice for Immigrants, an alliance of civil rights, labor and immigrant rights groups, announced a campaign to end a long pattern of racial profiling and police harassment of Latinos here May 11.

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Encore review: Confessions opens eyes

Economic Hit Men (EHM) are highly paid professionals who work for major corporations. Their business is to swindle countries out of billions of dollars by cajoling them into taking out loans with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Racism, self-image focus in Shoot the Messenger

In recent years commentary around race in the United States has increased somewhat. When films like “Crash” and “Spike Lee Presents C.S.A: Confederate States of America” attempt to spark national dialogue around race issues, they speak to the mainstream. However, for some of my peers and me, something critical has been missing.

Nuclear power is no solution

Christine Whitman, former EPA head in the Bush administration, and Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, joining forces to promote nuclear energy? What’s that all about? They are probably trying to breathe life into a moribund industry that has not had an order for a nuclear reactor in this country in decades.

Ask the Communists

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Its time for a chorus of Nina Simones Mississippi Goddam

I can feel Nina Simone these days. At the height of the civil rights movement, Simone, known as the high priestess of soul, recorded a song titled “Mississippi Goddam.”

Raising the minimum wage is a national battle

A single mother in Missouri making minimum wage earns $824 a month, before taxes. She has to pay rent, bills and buy food. Other unexpected expenses like car repair, medicine and money for child care aren’t factored in. And she is expected to pay for all of this while only earning $5.15 an hour.

Blaming immigrants lets the real culprits off the hook

The dramatic events in Congress and on the streets have intensified the national debate about immigration. Some polls show the public agreeing that immigration is “out of control” and that “something must be done.” But there are clear indications that the public is not averse to giving the undocumented a break.

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