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Cold, soaring costs put people in deep freeze

PARIS, Maine — It is freezing cold and the countryside here in the “Down East” state is blanketed in snow. As home heating prices double or triple, low- and middle-income families in this low-wage state are struggling to stay warm.


Build Oakland for everyone, say residents

OAKLAND, Calif. — Over 400 residents here came together Nov. 17 to project their vision of economic development — a vision featuring well-paying jobs, affordable housing, a healthy and safe environment, and steps to overcome the severe income and employment gaps especially affecting working-class families of color.

Must-see documentaries showcased in Toronto

For the first time in its 32-year history, the Toronto International Film Festival screened a film that was simultaneously available for free streaming on the Internet. The seven-minute short film, “Shock Doctrine,” based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book, is co-directed by Mexico’s acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón.

Who are the real American gangsters?

If you want fast-paced, episodic plotting and the latest Hollywood version of “Super Fly,” go see “American Gangster.” But whether you’ve seen it or not, here is my opinion. And I’m 65 years old and come from these same streets by way of St. Louis, Chicago and New York, so not only do I have an opinion, but I have a qualified one at that!

Gambling with our money

The increasing use of gambling as a source of revenue to close budget shortfalls is spreading like the plague across our nation.


CARTOON: 'Tis the season

Speaking up vs. anti-immigrant hate campaign

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has backed down from a plan to make regular driver’s licenses available to undocumented immigrants, after being targeted by a national hate campaign in the right-wing media.


Lightbulb moment: The mercury dilemma with compact fluorescent lights

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Four Sister’s Housing Cooperative, a leafy, three-building complex with over 400 residents near Vancouver’s bustling waterfront, has replaced all incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFL) in public areas.

Safety and health starts with changing the workplace

After more than nine years of stalling, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally taken the important step of establishing a federal regulation requiring employers to furnish, at no cost, all protective equipment that workers need. The new rule is to take effect in mid-May 2008, six months after its publication by OSHA

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