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Trymaine Lee
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NYT OpEd: On the Beat of Black Lives and Bloodshed

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Geography of Poverty: A journey through forgotten America

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Of all the destruction that gun violence has heaped on the residents of Chicago’s most vulnerable and depleted neighborhoods, physical wounds may not cast the longest shadow. It may instead be the trauma of witnessing repeated acts of violence, of losing loved ones and any sense of safety; of living – for all intents and purposes – in a war zone.

There is a growing body of research around soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and a number of programs have been launched to treat them. But what happens when the war is at home, the soldiers are civilians and the trenches are city blocks, playgrounds and front porches?

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Of the 200,000 calls Tribal Police respond to on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation each year, about 80% are alcohol related. Alcohol is banned on the reservation, and police spend a dizzying amount of time and resources enforcing that ban.

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The education of Native American youth is tied up in a jumble of federal, state and tribal systems that often overlap but hardly ever bolster their abysmal academic outcomes. This is a story about how the government is failing America's most forgotten children.

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Amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District

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The closure of 23 public schools in Philadelphia has had many ripple effects. Nearly 3,000 district employees have been laid off. Most schools don't have full-time nurses, counselors or assistant principals. And now, many students must take longer, more dangerous walks to new schools. 
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