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Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

School District Ditches Religious Holiday Names After Muslim Leaders Ask For Recognition

AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's largest school district has voted to strip religious labels from holidays on next year's school calendar after Musl...

David Lohr

After Nearly 40 Years, Second Person Of Interest Named In Missing Sisters Case

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 10.03.2014 | Crime

Authorities have named a second person of interest in the presumed killings of two young sisters who vanished from a suburban Washington shopping mall...

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

David Lohr

New Developments In Search For Sisters Missing Since 1975

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 09.18.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Maryland are searching a rural Virginia area for clues in the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, two young sisters who vanishe...

Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdict In Sword Slayings

Associated Press | Posted 08.14.2014 | Crime

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been found guilty but mentally ill in the sword stabbing deaths of his parents and twin brother in suburban Philade...

Does School 'Reform' Have to Mean Separate and Unequal?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Making test scores too high a priority can ultimately limit students' real potential. A recent report about the success of Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC highlights that ironic reality.

Which Illinois Counties Are on the Unemployment Struggle Bus?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the worst counties don't have rates as extreme as the worst cities, Illinois is still home home to five counties with an unemployment rate of 12 percent or worse, much above the state's average of 8.6 percent.

David Lohr

Another Sex Offender Eyed In Decades-Old Disappearance Of Lyon Sisters

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

A convicted child sex offender has emerged as a person of interest in the presumed killings of two young sisters who vanished from a suburban Washingt...

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

Ex-GOP Chairman Allegedly Drugged, Raped Employee

Patch | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns has been arrested for rape of an unconscious person and related charges after a...

Will We Act to Save All Our Children and Our Nation's Future? We Can!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When a majority of all American fourth and eighth grade public school students can't read or do math at grade level, including almost three quarters of Black and Latino students, we are continuing to allow a system that serves and saves just a few children and starves many others.

Mom Convicted Of Microwaving Baby Wants New Trial

David Lohr | Posted 09.19.2013 | Crime

The odds are against her, but the Ohio woman convicted of killing her baby daughter by cooking her in a microwave oven has filed a motion for a new tr...

Advocates Outraged Over Attorneys' Gay Marriage Slam

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Gay marriage advocates expressed outrage on Thursday over a court document filed by ...

Attorney: Gays, Like Kids, Can't Marry

AP | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-ye...

The March on Washington: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Valerie Ervin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices
Valerie Ervin

In the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, I believed that little black boys, like my sons, would grow up in a country where they could dream big dreams and become anything that they wanted to be.

Meatless Monday: It's Meatless Monday in Montgomery County. Is Your County Next?

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Montgomery County, Md. now joins the ranks of D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco in proclaiming each Monday to be Meatless Monday.

County Defies State, Grants 100th Same-Sex Marriage License

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

-- A suburban Philadelphia county defying Pennsylvania's marriage law issued its 100th same-sex license Friday, just weeks after opening the courthou...

County Fights State's Gay Marriage Ban

Reuters | Daniel Kelley | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

By Daniel Kelley NORRISTOWN, Pa., Aug 2 (Reuters) - A suburban Philadelphia county that is giving marriage licenses to gay couples des...

Please Keep Your Bellbottoms: What Not to Give

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Does the organization on the other end wash these? Will someone fix that zipper? Isn't a warm coat with a broken zipper than no coat at all?

How -- Not Whether -- to Help a Panhandler

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Like most of us, I want to help people in distress. With panhandlers, though, I never knew whether the person was truly in need. I worried that my money would fuel some addiction, rather than funding food or shelter. I worried that I was being scammed. Was I right?

The Wealth Gap Is an Opportunity Gap

Valerie Ervin | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Valerie Ervin

We have to do more than tread water. The sense of urgency is great. A new wave of civic engagement in communities of color is necessary to move this agenda forward. It is the only way that opportunity for all will be attainable.

Corporate Welfare in Maryland

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.

The War on Poverty Is a War on Silence: Local Communities Must Raise Their Voices to SNAP the Silence

Valerie Ervin | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Valerie Ervin

While living on a SNAP budget for just a week will not come close to the struggles encountered by low-income working families, it will provide a new perspective and greater understanding for those who take part.

David Lohr

Woman Hoarded Animals, Held 72-Year-Old Ex-Boyfriend Hostage, Police Say

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 12.11.2012 | Crime

Police in Pennsylvania say they have arrested an animal hoarder who was holding a senior citizen captive inside her home. Mary Lou Petrucci, 55, of...