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What we're reading - May 13 2011

Friday, May 13th, 2011

These stories caught the eye of Michael Lawson, one of our reporters: This week brought two articles on food stamps across my desk (or my screen, really). One, from Fast Company, lists four things you can buy with food stamps that the author would rather people not spend tax-payer dollars ...

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Illinois school district faces prospect of state management

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Whether through mismanagement, declining enrollment or both, urban school districts have coped with financial woes, which often trigger intervention from states. In Michigan, a state law that gives emergency financial managers the power to strip authority from elected officials has caused controversy in recent weeks.  In Illinois, an East Saint Louis school ...

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What we're reading this week - May 6, 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

This week, the What Went Wrong team read up on a new eviction clinic at the LA courts, a new social media focus in a Massachusetts court, foreclosures on service members, CDBG cuts in small towns, and SEALs dogs with titanium teeth. And this week, we're posting our reading in ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.


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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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