With many shelters closed for the summer months, and those that remain open often providing no relief, people stuck out on the streets suffer one more exposed indignity.
A judge has ruled in favor of the private developer who recently bulldozed the approximately 14-acre South Central Farm, which was thought to be the largest urban community garden in the United States.
The US Senate yesterday reinforced parental control over childrenâ€™s reproductive rights by passing legislation to keep young women from traveling across state lines to obtain otherwise legal abortions.
As limited as public input on land management in the American West may be, conservation activists say revised regulations and procedures will further muffle dissent while empowering cattle grazers and threaten wildlife.
To the chagrin of privacy advocates, the Bush administration is making moves toward creating a nationwide system of electronic medical records that that would allow access to a patientâ€™s data anywhere, any time.
The nationâ€™s largest environmental group says the Bush administration is burying any hope of implementing better coal-mining policies after nominating an industry-friendly candidate to the federal agency charged with setting environmental standards for surface-mining operations.
The US House of Representatives is poised to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for consumers to protect their credit from identity thieves.
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@ Sago mine failures cited
@ Mass. child labor laws
@ Welfare 'reform' at 10
@ Frisco universal health
@ DoE's health-safety office
With Capitol Hill awash in controversy over federal funding for stem-cell research, consumer advocates see more-obscure legal hurdles outside the beltway between researchers and pursuit of the new field of medical science.
Activists pushing investors to drop shares of Coca Cola stock scored a victory Tuesday when a segment of the nationâ€™s largest pension fund divested from the beverage giant.
Having forced government media regulators to rethink the relaxation of owner-concentration rules pushed through in 2003, reformers are wasting no time heading off another FCC attempt to facilitate media consolidation.
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@ Chicago torture report
@ Immigrants protest deportations
@ Students spied on
@ Missouri gay foster parents
@ House protects Pledge
Not satisfied with the results of a California law that allows drug-law violators to choose between treatment and punishment, state policymakers have passed a bill that will allow judges to temporarily imprison those who skip the former.
A health-policy organization is warning that millions of seniors and people with disabilities will soon be hit with high out-of-pocket drug expenses under the new Medicare plan.
Constitutional law experts and civil rights advocates are slamming the latest legislative proposal from US Senator Arlen Specter to address the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.
More than a decade after the enactment of federal legislation to protect communities preyed upon by deceptive home-loan schemes, disadvantaged families and their advocates say they are facing even more challenging terrain in laying the foundations of home ownership.
A congressional investigative report yesterday implicated several federally funded organizations in offering bad information about supposed "dangers" of abortions.
Long denied the protections and benefits of employment, â€œindependent contractorsâ€ on whom the shipping company has imposed an â€œentrepreneurial spiritâ€ say theyâ€™ve had enough hampered independence.
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@ Flight attendants threaten â€œCHAOSâ€
@ CA newspaper staff walks out
@ Sate minimum wage raises
@ Mine safety position questioned
Starting next year, Illinois will provide additional tax breaks to companies that build near affordable housing units or public-transportation routes, in a move legislators say will continue to attract new companies and new jobs to the state while also reducing sprawl.
TNS Interview: Sonali Kolhatkar is a journalist and also the co-director of the Afghan Womenâ€™s Mission, a group that helps raise funds for schools, orphanages and other program led by Afghan women.
The top one percent wealthiest Americans enjoyed an increase in income far greater than the rest of the populationâ€™s from 2003 to 2004, according an analysis released this week by a progressive think tank.
Sierra Club is going after the EPA for easing the restrictions the Agency imposes on municipal waste combustors that emit dangerous toxins.
Youth- and civil-rights advocates are speaking out against the rising presence of cops on campuses and administration complicity in what critics call a school-to-prison pipeline.
Washington Stateâ€™s attorney general announced yesterday that his office is appealing a federal court ruling that barred the state from enforcing a voter-approved law against dumping more waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
A federally funded report released yesterday says that the patchwork of regulations governing scientific research conducted on prisoners should be overhauled.
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@ Mass. same-sex marriage
@ Kentucky blog ban
@ Ga. voter ID law zapped
@ Alaska pot privacy OKâ€™ed
The Pentagon yesterday announced that military officials were under new orders to ensure that detainee treatment policies comply with a key international law prohibiting torture and other abuses.
Despite a widely acknowledged obligation to provide for the well-being of American Indians, the federal government has allowed Native health and healthcare to decay horribly.
A spate of recent shootings by Las Vegas police has community activists pushing for accountability they say is so lax cops have a virtually free hand to kill and abuse residents.