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

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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...

Serving Together

Jessica McNurlen | Posted 01.09.2013 | DC
Jessica McNurlen

My husband, a Marine, has been deployed four times. Each deployment has come with its own rewards and difficulties, but one constant has been the challenge of where to turn for resources for myself or to help a friend.

Historical Black Churches Celebrated With New Tourism Guide

Posted 10.21.2012 | Black Voices

The church has long been a fundamental pillar in the black community, and one organization is making an effort to preserve the rich history of an inst...

Rogue Employee Allegedly Soaks Comcast For $2.4 Million In Illegal Cable Hookups

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.08.2012 | Money

If the charges against Alston Buchanan are true, he's helped keep a lot of Philadelphia residents on the couch. Buchanan, 28, was one of five men r...

Tanker Spills 5,000 Gallons Of Milk

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.15.2012 | DC

A tanker did not spill 50,000 gallons of milk onto a Maryland roadway on Friday afternoon, as was originally reported by one media outlet. It was o...

Councilman Proposes Schools Close For Muslim Holidays

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion

Montgomery County councilman, George Levanthal, asked local schools to shut down for two Muslim holidays: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. "The schools...

Joy Resmovits

Exclusionary Housing Leads To Educational 'Segregation' -- Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education

Tanya McDowell, a Connecticut mother, made headlines last year when she was accused of stealing -- specifically, of stealing an education for her son....