Archive | June, 2017

The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

June 26, 2017

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2017/06/26/the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-pre-recession-boom-is-back/ If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, as banks shelled out easy credit to fuel a housing bacchanalia they thought would never die. McMansions became the ultimate symbol of living beyond one’s means. Unlike your […]

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In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

June 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/business/economy/amazon-retail-jobs-pennsylvania.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Thousands of workers face unemployment as retailers struggle to adapt to online shopping. But even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.

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In Growth of Jail Populations, Rural Areas Outpace Big Cities

June 13, 2017

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-growth-of-jail-populations-rural-areas-outpace-big-cities-1497383232?mod=rss_US_News Rural jails are growing faster than urban jails despite lower crime rates in more sparsely populated areas, according to new research by two nonpartisan groups that support reducing incarceration.

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Discontented voters make their voices heard, in Britain, U.S. and elsewhere

June 11, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html There may not be ideological consistency, but recent election results show continuing displeasure with political leaders and governments.

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Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

June 10, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html?partner=rss&emc=rss How we went from depressive flannel and fog to anxiously monitoring our heart rates, twirling fidget spinners and streaming into meditation studios.

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Report looks at liver cancer, fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in US

June 9, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608123643.htm A new report provides an overview of incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for liver cancer, a cancer for which death rates have doubled in the United States since the mid-1980s

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The drug crisis is now pushing up death rates for almost all groups of Americans

June 9, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-drug-crisis-is-now-pushing-up-death-rates-for-almost-all-groups-of-americans/2017/06/09/971d8424-4aa1-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html Opioids and alcohol are killing whites, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans in the prime of life.

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