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U.S. to Provide Veterans Benefits to Gay Married Couples

Mina Dixon said: The Obama administration will provide veterans benefits to married same-sex couples in states that recognize such unions.

Little Fish (Opinion)

Represent Magazine, Danica Webb Sep 4, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Danica enters high school and feels discouraged by the discipline system.

Education, education reform, K-12

Who’s a Victim? More Law Enforcers Treating Homegrown Prostitution as Human Sex Trafficking

Associated Press Aug 29, 2013

Mina Dixon said: This year, Illinois became one of several states where prostitution is no longer a felony. It's also one of a growing number where a minor cannot be charged with prostitution. Yet a question persists: Who is really a victim?

violence, crime, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, 10230380

Whole Foods is Planning a Store in Food Desert in Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Natalie Moore Sep 4, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A high-end grocery store will open in Chicago's South Side in 2016. It's an area currently occupied by corner stores and discount grocers.

, nutrition, families and communities

Sesame Street Workshop Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Gwen McClure Sep 4, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Nearly four percent of American kids have a parent in jail or prison. That's why Sesame Workshop is offering caregivers a package of videos and guides for helping kids cope with feelings and loss.

Criminal Justice, incarceration

At Violent Summer’s End, Weary City Grapples with the Toll

The Baltimore Sun Aug 31, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Snapshots of families changed by Baltimore's summer violence.

Early Absenteeism in School Can Point to Later Problems in Life

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Eleanor Chute and Mary Niederberger Sep 1, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Chronic absenteeism can lead kids to disengage in learning. About 40 national organizations last week launched a national campaign to highlight school attendance.

Education, K-12, dropout crisis

World of Grief and Doubt After an Adoptee's Death

The New York Times, Rachel L. Swarns and David M. Herszenshorn Aug 31, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Last October, Max Shatto was adopted from an orphanage in northwest Russia. Three months later, he was dead. Max's death sparked an international furor and his parents have become pariahs in their small Texas community.

child death, child health, child neglect and abuse, foster care and adoption

How Two Newspaper Reporters Helped Free an Innocent Man

The Atlantic, Maurice Possley Aug 29, 2013

Julie Drizin said: Daniel Taylor served 20 years of a life sentence without parole for a murder he didn't commit. The once-troubled teen confessed to the killing after police promised he'd be released. Journalists uncovered evidence that Taylor was actually in police custody when the murder took place.

Criminal Justice, juvenile justice, teenagers

Michigan Students to Have Many Options for Online Learning

Detroit Free Press, Lori Higgins Aug 30, 2013

Mina Dixon said: Michigan has been a leader in online education for more than a decade. Some urge caution in the push for more online education.

Education, , education reform, K-12