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Police Killings of Unarmed Black Americans Affect Mental Health of Black Community

Black Americans are nearly three times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts, with even larger disparities among those who are unarmed. The trend is also harming the mental health of the black community, according to new research published in The Lancet from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

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Will Silicon Valley’s New Company Towns End Up as Failed Utopias

Willow Village is a community planned for a 59-acre site in California’s Silicon Valley, between Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. It will have housing, offices, a grocery store, a pharmacy, and its developers say, maybe even its own cultural center. There’s one notable thing about Willow Village that makes it different from other new...

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Under Age 13, Suicide Rates Are Roughly Double for Black Children Vs. White Children

Suicide rates in the United States have traditionally been higher among whites than blacks across all age groups. However, a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that racial disparities in suicide rates are age-related. Specifically, suicide rates for black children aged 5-12 were roughly two times higher than those of similarly aged white children. “Our findings...

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Many Airbnb Venues Lack Basic Safety Protections, New Study Suggests

Many Airbnb venues in the United States fail to provide the critical carbon monoxide and fire safety protections that are legally required of hotels and motels, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The analysis, published May 7 in the journal Injury Prevention, revealed that while the majority of rental properties–80...

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Gentrification Draws More Whites to Minority Neighborhoods, Study Indicates

Residents and anti-gentrification activists tend to fear gentrification will lead to displacement by white residents while some experts believe it’s an optimistic sign of an economic boom that would enable people to rise up economically. A new USC study of census data shows that nationally, neighborhood ascent — a broad definition of gentrification — is...

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Female Firefighters Defy Old Ideas of Who Can Be an American Hero

  Five women graduated from New York City’s Fire Academy on April 18, bringing the number of women serving in the Fire Department of New York to 72 – the highest in its history. The FDNY’s 2018 graduating class also includes the first son to follow his mother into the profession. She was one of...

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Why Are Sinclair’s Scripted News Segments Such a Big Deal?

On March 31, Deadspin produced a video showing a chorus of local news anchors delivering the exact same scripted speech to viewers. The message – denouncing media bias and fake news, calling it a problem that is “neither politically ‘left nor right’” – might seem innocuous enough. But I study the media industry, and it...

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Chicago Sports Teams to Fund Violence Reduction Programs

Last month, the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox formed an alliance to support solutions to reduce violent crime in Chicago. Operating as the Chicago Sports Alliance, the group, in its first year, will donate $1 million in one-time grants to support three programs in the city: Choose 2 Change (C2C), a mentoring...

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Craft Beer Is Becoming the Wine of New England by Redefining ‘Terroir’

The U.S. craft beer industry is exploding. Although two companies – Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors – have produced more than 75 percent of all beer consumed in the United States for decades, America now has more craft breweries than at any time in recorded history. Private investment firms are pouring money into small breweries as...

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High-Speed Broadband Brings Healthcare to Rural Residents

Rural areas across the United States are increasingly offering telehealth services to improve access to quality healthcare for residents who are unable to visit a hospital due to cost or accessibility. In St. Robert, a town of 5,000 in southern Missouri, the telehealth network has been connecting patients to healthcare providers since the 1990s. Improved...