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Posted in Courts/justice ICE Immigration News The Conversation

Hundreds of county jails detained immigrants for ICE

To hold immigrant detainees for ICE, state and local governments enter into agreements with ICE known as Intergovernmental Service Agreements. These agreements require ICE to pay the local government per diem for each bed that the…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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Posted in Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Labor Off the wire Politics Wages

Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone

Nicole Hallett, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wage…

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Posted in Analysis Health

E-cig flavors may be more than alluring; they could cause damage themselves

E-cigarette vapor also contains nicotine, heavy metals and formaldehyde, as pungent as they are harmful. Mixing in delectable flavorings disguises their unpleasantness, much like the cherry additive that camouflages the otherwise medicinal taste of children’s cough…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

“…Amid everything they did wrong, the Iowa Democratic Party did one thing right: It required that votes be counted on paper, and then tallied electronically. To those of us who study cybersecurity carefully, that’s crucial.”  …

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Posted in Food Off the wire Science

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and these researchers found missing links in their evolution

The tomato’s path from wild plant to household staple is much more complex than researchers have long thought. For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. Tomatoes’ ancestors looked very…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages

Getting poorer while working harder: The ‘cliff effect’

Susan R. Crandall, University of Massachusetts Boston Forty percent of all working-age Americans sometimes struggle to pay their monthly bills. There is no place in the country where a family supported by one minimum-wage worker with…

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Posted in Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice National News Off the wire Water

‘Biggest Loss of Clean Water Protection the country has ever seen’: Trump guts safeguards for US streams and wetlands

“This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water…

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Posted in Environment News Off the wire Science

Stoneflies and mayflies, canaries of our streams

Experienced anglers recognize that for a trout, the ultimate “steak dinner” is a stonefly or mayfly. That’s why fly fishing enthusiasts will go to extreme lengths to imitate these graceful, elegant and fragile insects. The presence…

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Posted in Courts/justice DACA News Off the wire SCOTUS Youth

Supreme Court DACA decision isn’t just about Dreamers — it’s about whether the White House has to tell the truth

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when…

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Posted in Community organizing Energy Environment Health News Off the wire

The refinery disaster

Toxic refinery leaks imperiled Philadelphia residents. By Corbin Hiar / E&E News and Lisa Riordan Seville / NBC News This story is part of Toxic Zones, a series about communities near refineries co-produced with E&E News…

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Posted in economic justice Economy News Off the wire Poverty Senior Citizens Social Justice

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America

Are you economically ready for old age? Shutterstock Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for…

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Projectile vomiting is common with norovirus. Elnur/Shutterstock.com
Posted in Health News Science

Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to norovirus, the winter vomiting virus

By Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation January 10, 2020 In the last few months, schools all over the country have closed because of outbreaks of norovirus. Also known as stomach flu, norovirus infections cause watery diarrhea,…

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Posted in Education Health News Off the wire Science

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

Humans are barraged by digital media 24/7. Is it a problem? Bruce Rolff/Shutterstock.com Byron Reeves, Stanford University; Nilam Ram, Pennsylvania State University, and Thomas N. Robinson, Stanford University There’s a lot of talk about digital media….

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Posted in Arizona Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico Off the wire Rez Life Social Justice Southern O'odham Tonto O'odham

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’

By Christina Leza, Colorado College March 19, 2019  Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency…

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BLM Headquarters
Posted in Colorado Plateau Editorial/opinon Energy Mining National News Off the wire Politics The West

Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won’t be good for public lands

Sheep grazing on BLM land near Shoshone, Idaho. BLM/Flickr, CC BY John Freemuth, Boise State University and James R. Skillen, Calvin University The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including…

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Posted in Economy Energy Environment Labor Science The West

US green economy growth dwarfs Donald Trump’s highest hopes for the fossil fuel industry

The sun may be setting on the USA’s green economy leadership. Jason Blackeye/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Lucien Georgeson, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL While US President Donald Trump may be “the world’s most powerful climate change denier”,…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Environment Housing Policy News

When people downsize to tiny houses, they adopt more environmentally friendly lifestyles

Tiny houses on display in Portland, Oregon in 2017. Dan David Cook/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Maria Saxton, Virginia Tech Interest is surging in tiny homes – livable dwelling units that typically measure under 400 square feet. Much…

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Posted in Child Welfare Environment Health Health Care News Science

EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health

Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as…

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Posted in Archeology Off the wire

Archaeological discoveries are happening faster than ever before, helping refine the human story

Nearly a century ago, archaeologists started to shift the focus of human origins research from Europe to Africa’s ‘cradles of humankind’ like Oldupai (Olduvai) Gorge in Tanzania. What will the next big shifts be? Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo,…

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Posted in Campaign finance Democracy Elections Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression Voting rights

Don’t let your vote get stolen – 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote? AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them…

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