The Urban Housing Crisis Is a Test for Progressive Politics

Several years ago, a fired-up young activist came to my door asking me to sign a petition opposing the construction of a new apartment building in the neighborhood. The new building was to occupy what had been, for many years, a vacant lot along a major thoroughfare. If the building (which now exists, and is…

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1st openly gay Alabama lawmaker bows out to standing ovation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s first openly gay legislator received a standing ovation as she bid farewell to the House of Representatives ahead of the last day of the legislative session Wednesday. Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham will not seek re-election after serving 12 years. Todd said on the House floor Tuesday evening that…

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2-year-old boy drowns in improperly fenced apartment pool

(Source: Josh Walker/WBRC) BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A 2-year-old boy has died from drowning in an apartment pool. Birmingham police say the child drove his mini-4-wheeler into an apartment pool on the 600 block of Earline Circle. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say the pool is not properly fenced and there was…

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It’s going to be hot in Southern California next week, again

A woman runs in Griffith Park at sunset on Monday when the temperature was above 80 degrees. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times) The heat that has characterized this L.A. winter is forecast to continue next week, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s for the next few days. The high temperature could reach 81…

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Bangkok’s Somali refugees persecuted and living in fear

Five men share this tiny studio apartment and immigration officials regularly raid their building [Alastair G M/Al Jazeera] Bangkok, Thailand – “I’ve never experienced cold like this,” says RK, a 19-year-old Somali refugee, as he sits in a downtown Bangkok alley one December morning. It is 20 degrees, and opposite is the Suan Phlu Immigration…

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Why Keeping Up With The News Is A Good Idea

In today’s world, it is hard to know what is true. This is even the case when it comes to the news. Some of it seems too hard to believe and often comes out to be false after you hear about it. Still, keeping up with the news is very important for a few different…

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