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Salem Massachusetts

North Coast: Quirky & Historical Surprises You'll Find in Salem

Renee Blodgett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Salem is a small city with a population of under 45,000, but there's a remarkable number of things to do, from boating, segway and walking tours to museums and a variety of activities which center around witchcraft. Here are ten of our favorite things to do based on an extensive visit this past August.

Mom Accused Of Slashing Kids And Burning Home Wants Evidence Suppressed

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A mother accused of slashing her two children's throats and lighting their Massachusetts home on fire will try an insanity defense in her upcoming tri...

Sharon Needles To Get Another Crown This Halloween

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.04.2013 | Gay Voices

Pack your bags and hop on that broomstick because it looks like Salem is the place to be this Halloween as everyone's favorite undead drag queen Sharo...

The Salem Witches Are Missing

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weird News
Pat LaMarche

See, for generations after the "witches" were hanged and buried, the community -- at least the politically powerful -- thought they were well rid of these troublesome characters and neither preserved their execution site nor where their bodies were interred.

Anti-Gay Bullying is Today's Witch-Hunting

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

Due to homophobic bullying some of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children feel like they are looked upon as today's witches.

STIMULUS WATCH: Teens lack jobs despite job effort

AP | GARANCE BURKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Obama administration's economic stimulus program to find jobs for thousands of teenagers this summer couldn't overcome one of the bleakest job markets in more than 60 years that had desperate adults competing for the same work.

Almost one-quarter of the 279,169 youths in the $1.2 billion jobs program didn't get jobs, as more adults sought the same low-wage positions at hamburger stands and community pools, according to an Associated Press review of government data and reports from states.

Congressional auditors warned Wednesday that the government's plans to measure the success of the federal program are so haphazard that they "may reveal little about what the program achieved." The new report from the Government Accountability Office said many government officials, employers and participants believe the program was successful.

Vice President Joe Biden described the Workforce Investment Act summer program as a way to keep teens out of trouble and off the streets while reinvigorating the country's summer youth employment program, which had gone dormant for a decade. But the program didn't prevent youth unemployment rates from soaring to 18.5 percent in July, the highest rate measured among 16- to 24-year-olds in that month since 1948.

"The summer program was basically half-disaster," said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. "It was too little, too late and too poorly constructed to have any lasting effect on our youngest workers."