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In Flint, 4.9 percent of children tested for lead turned out to have elevated levels. That’s inexcusable. But in 2014 in New York State outside of New York City, the figure was 6.7 percent. In Pennsylvania, 8.5 percent. On the west side of Detroit, one-fifth of the children tested in 2014 had lead poisoning. In Iowa for 2012, the most recent year available, an astonishing 32 percent of children tested had elevated lead levels. (I calculated most of these numbers from C.D.C. data.)
The lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., is a tragedy. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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Dozens of Flint’s residents who had been gathering data and information for nearly a year knew something wasn’t right. While state and federal agencies almost obsessively focused on proving that they were meeting federal regulations, rather than taking a deeper look at whether Flint’s drinking water was safe, residents begged them to pay attention to the valuable data they’d collected through their bodies and research.
FLINT, Mich. — As I walked into Jackie Pemberton’s petite white house in the southeast corner of Flint, she apologized for the mess (there wasn’t one) and offered me a cup of coffee. “River water all right?” her husband, John, asked without a hint of irony. Jackie burst into laughter.
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Incredibly, more than four years after Dookhan’s crimes were first uncovered, this simple question of justice remains unresolved. Thousands of those whose lives were affected haven’t been notified of their rights, including the possibility of a new trial. Many still have no idea they are Dookhan defendants.
Imagine, for a moment, you are one of the thousands of defendants whose cases were sullied by Annie Dookhan’s drug-lab skulduggery.
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As of Friday, at least 202 people had been shot in the city this year, 34 of them fatally, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune.
Three men were killed and seven other people were wounded in Chicago on Thursday through early Friday as the number of shooting victims in the city passed 200 three weeks into the new year.
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There are some questions about better- preventing fraudulent EITC claims, but the big problem with the policy is that it is too stingy. It focuses on helping poor people with children, when it should serve as a more holistic response to poverty in the United States, because it helps people and promotes work all at once. Mr. Obama has proposed increasing benefits for poor single people. So has Mr. Ryan, in a nearly identical plan. At the poverty summit Mr. Ryan moderated this month , moreover, other Republicans expressed interest in making EITC reform happen.
They should compromise for a common goal: Expanding the earned-income tax credit.
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If this year were your last, would you spend the next hour mindlessly checking your social media, or would you read something that uplifts you instead? Would you compose a snarky comment on this article, or use the time to call a friend to see how she is doing? Hey, I’m not judging here.
People who apply the “last-year test” tend to spend more time on the things that give them the most satisfaction.
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“Surprise! I’m still alive!” she replied.

Far from being elated, the man looked terrified. Five days ago, he had ordered a team of hit men to kill Rukundo, his partner of 10 years. And they did — well, they told him they did. They even got him to pay an extra few thousand dollars for carrying out the crime.
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Public safety has been improving for two decades, and lethal violence in large cities is still rare by historical standards. Twice as many people were killed in those 50 cities in 1991 as in 2015.
The number of homicides in the country's 50 largest cities rose nearly 17 percent last year, the greatest increase in lethal violence in a quarter century.
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This transition to doing more and more did not just happen on a specific day in some month of some year. Our end-of-life psyche has slowly devolved and shifted and a few generations have passed since the onset of the Industrial Revolution of medicine. Now we are trapped. We have accumulated so many options, drugs, stents, tubes, FDA-approved snake oils and procedures that there is no way we can throw a blanket over all our elderly and come to a consensus as to what constitutes inappropriate and excessive care. We cannot separate out those things meant to simply prolong life from those meant to prolong quality life.
An emergency physician's beautifully written and agonizingly empathic account of "how we used to die" starkly contrasted with how most people die now in our death-defying, death-dealing military i...
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Her other wish is that she not be needed to serve as a funeral singer yet again. She certainly had not been seeking that role as she stood with her 17-year-old boyfriend, Roemello Golden, outside a housing complex in South Chicago known as the Buildings on June 13, 2012.
Trishaun doesn’t want to sing over any more coffins. She wants to finish college and go on ‘The Voice.’ She wants to buy a sandwich without fear of being shot.
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In the second map, the east coast, the Bay area and southern Florida all swell to gargantuan proportions. You can also easily identify Chicago, Seattle, and other metro areas around the U.S. Much of the Midwest, West and South, however, shrink down to almost nothing.
One crazy animation shows just how unequal the U.S. really is
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