A long-form story about an unprecedented grassroots coalition that drew attention to the racially disproportionate effects of police spending and persuaded city officials to change course. By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education.
Throughout rural America, 2.3 million people live in food deserts—areas 10 miles or more from a supermarket. After 10 years without an independent grocery store, the residents of one small town in Kansas banded together to bring one back.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that the state will challenge in court the Obama administration’s directive that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, not their sex at birth.
Facing a shortfall of more than $290 million, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a budget bill Wednesday that makes significant cuts to the state highway fund, Medicaid and higher education and trims most state agency budgets by 4 percent.
Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but lawmakers say that mental health advocates want an unfair exemption from a common practice that many insured patients face.
The new system will keep more juvenile offenders in their homes while they participate in community-based programs that focus on anger management and other behavioral changes. A system overhaul will divert money from the construction and maintenance of jails to detention alternatives.
Democratic Rep. John Wilson, of Lawrence, never thought he’d take up marijuana as a legislative cause, but the struggles of a family in his district to get medical hemp preparations to treat their son’s seizures changed his mind. Wilson is pushing for a House measure that would allow medical hemp to treat seizures.
Daniel Arkell was leading a Bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group’s president reprimanded him for saying that people’s eyes offer a glimpse into their souls.
The firearm industry’s trade association launched a national effort in several Republican-led legislatures over the past year seeking to restrict discrimination by financial institutions. Gun retailers and manufacturers say they’ve experienced discrimination, but banks and insurance companies say that the initiative is a solution in search of a problem.
As presidential candidates are considering the feasibility of walls that would span the borders, Kansas is one of about a dozen states around the country that are taking a stance on immigration reform.
The San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS), the city’s $21 billion pension fund, is no stranger to demands that it invest “responsibly.” Now some activists are alleging that San Francisco’s investment in Wells Fargo also funds private prisons.
California was once known as a pioneer state for spearheading community-based alternatives to state run institutions for people with developmental disabilities. But in the wake of The Great Recession, more than $1 billion in state budget cuts and frozen provider rates has threatened the system. Now California spends less on services for the developmentally disabled than any other state in the nation.
Some 250 million Chinese who work in distant industrial cities often entrust their children to relatives. Child traffickers have exploited their vulnerability, leading to calls for further reform of China’s rigid household residency system.
Ralph Spinelli spent most of his life robbing until he served ten years in prison for an attempted restaurant robbery. Now at 74, he is pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and recently published a book about his two prison terms. Having changed his own life, Spinelli is now trying to bring about an even more spectacular transformation: reforming the California prison system.
The World Health Organization declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a public health emergency of international concern, requiring global coordination in order to prevent further spread, but did not recommend any restrictions on general trade or travel.
The Columbarium is the last remaining nondenominational place of interment within San Francisco’s city limits. The man who presides over it is 58-year-old Emmitt Watson, The Columbarium’s caretaker and historian.
A group of researchers used galvanotaxis, a process that uses electric currents to direct cells, to herd a group of epithelial cells in different directions. the discovery could help speed up the healing of a wound, reduce scarring, grow organs, and guide cancer research.
He read a short blurb about “The Cable Car Nymphomaniac,” a story about a 29-year-old woman who sued Muni for $500,000 in 1970 for a cable car accident that injured her six years earlier. She claimed that after she hit her head on a pole, she developed an insatiable sexual appetite that prompted her to have sex with more than 100 men.
With the goal of creating an understanding of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a town hall meeting was held at Claremont Middle School on Monday evening. The meeting concentrated on the new math standards and aligning middle school classes with CCSS.
Standing beneath a blue and red banner, Angela Davis, the political activist, scholar and author, gripped the sides of the podium as she spoke emphatically to the hundreds of audience members at the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) convention on Saturday evening in Downtown.
A junior at Bentley High School in Lafayette, Bauman began tutoring over a year ago when he joined Reading Partners, a non-profit organization that provides literacy tutoring for at-need children in first through fifth grade. “I feel like I’ve always just been consuming, so I’m looking for ways to give back to the community,” Bauman says.
Antoine was one of 13 African-American students from the Bay Area, including 11 from Oakland, who traveled to Beijing and Shanghai from July 13 to 27 as part of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Developed in 2009 to increase the visibility of American students in China, particularly minority students, the “Think China” trip was the first Northern California delegation to participate in the China-U.S. Study Exchange program for high school students.
For the first time in the Oakland Unified School District’s history, parents of all low-income children eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch must apply for the program by February 6 — or the system could lose government subsidies for the next school year.
Adult education programs in Oakland Unified School District have shrunk from a once-broad menu of courses to a program limited to general educational development (GED), tech education and family literacy classes.
Whether it be a new construction zone, the smell of meat barbecuing on the street corner or the bright neon lights that illuminate the marble plazas beneath them- the combination of sounds, sights and smells in Shanghai define its urban life. Skateboarders are granted a view of the city that is imperceptible to most.
The ubiquity of garbage and its inherent connection with humans remains an unexplored topic amongst even the most forward thinking of consumers. Like a disparaged offspring, human waste is ignored and discarded by its creators.
Last Sunday night, 150 rock fans shook off their umbrellas and entered the smoky, dark and cavernous Yuyintang with a look of anticipation in their eyes. Purple and red lighting exposed the porthole windows and the splattered paint along the walls.