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Chicago Closes 50 Public Schools, While Spending $100 Million on Private Stadium Project?!

The city of Chicago closed 50 public schools because of a budget shortfall; but that hasn’t stopped them from dedicating $100 million to a new “event center,” including a 500-room hotel and basketball arena for DePaul University.

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Youth Homelessness is On The Rise in Illinois

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, youth homelessness is on the rise. Though an official count has not been made since 2005, shelters and hotline data suggests that more and more youth are on the streets.

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Father of Slain 6-Month Old Jonylah Watkins Pledges to Turn His Life Around

Speaking out for the first time at a press conference yesterday, Jonathan Watkins – father of slain 6-month old Jonylah Watkins – says the incident has inspired him to turn his life around.

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Bronx “Ghetto” Bus Tour Shut Down After Outrage

After widespread outrage and a petition campaign, the Real Bronx Tour – which claimed to take customers on a tour of the Bronx to learn what a “real ghetto” looks like – has been shut down.

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Chelesa Fearce Overcomes Homelessness; Will Start College as a Junior at Spelman

Georgia teen Chelesa Fearce spent most of her high school career homeless, oftentimes living out of her mother’s car. But Fearce persevered. She achieved a 4.466 GPA, took all college courses during her senior year, and will start as a junior at Spelman this fall.

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President Obama Declares Oklahoma Major Disaster Area; 24 Dead, Hundreds Injured

The massive tornado that hit Oklahoma has left dozens dead and hundreds injured and without homes. President Obama has since declared Oklahoma a major disaster area, calling the tornado “one of the most destructive storms” in American history.

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Bronx Bus Tour Shows NYC Tourists What a “Real Ghetto” Looks Like

NYC bus tour Real Bronx Tours reportedly takes foreigners on a tour of the Bronx to learn what a “real ghetto” looks like. Past patrons say the tour guide, Lynn Battaglia, pokes fun at the borough and its residents throughout the tour; lambasting the Bronx as a crime and poverty-infested nightmare.

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STUDY: Body Mass Index of Low-Income African Americans Linked to Proximity to Fast Food

According to a recent study, the body mass index of low-income African Americans that live in close proximity to fast food is higher than those who do not. Often called food deserts, cheap, affordable, abundant fast food options in low-income neighborhoods is highly influential on obesity rates among the population.

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Milwaukee Set to Become Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Two hundred Milwaukee fast food workers are set to go on strike, demanding a pay increase to $15/hr and the right to unionize.

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Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” Bill Helps Ex-Offenders Find Employment

Many in Minnesota are hopeful that Governor Mark Dayton will sign a bill banning employers from asking a job applicant about their criminal history before the interviewing stage of the hiring process.

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