In Flint, a future built on schools as well as safe water

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Flint, Mich. When her two-year-old son DeQuincey was diagnosed with elevated lead levels and developmental delays, Crystal Garcia-Pitts worried he might face a lifetime of health and behavioral challenges. The infamous Flint crisis over lead-tainted water, while not definitively to blame, was a

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As shutdown’s impact grows, pressure rises to end it

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Washington With a government shutdown now 18 days old and coming into sharper focus with the end of holiday season, its impacts on Americans are spreading. An estimated 800,000 federal workers across the nation are on furlough or working without pay, uncertain when they’ll get their next

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One man’s mission to revitalize small-town America

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Shelburne, Vt. Ten years ago, things weren’t looking so good in Biddeford, Maine. Growth was stagnant, particularly because of a controversial municipal waste incinerator – also the town’s largest taxpayer – that occupied some eight acres on the downtown riverfront. There were also

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How a gardener makes sure everyone can have fresh food

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Salt Lake City In the 1980s, Ashley Patterson’s mother was a farmer – and in many ways a trailblazer. Managing some 240 acres of fruit trees, she realized she had to set her business apart from others to be competitive, so she began field-packing and selling produce long before the widespread

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The impetus driving an anti-lynching bill

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New laws about justice are often a lagging indicator of the moral progress already made in a society. The best example may be a bill passed by the Senate in the final days of 2018. The bill would make lynching a federal hate crime for the first time. This practice of murder by mob rule, […]

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Hold off the forecasts of doom

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The year 2018 would seem to be ringing itself out in a Dickens of a mess, a prime candidate for “the worst of times.”  Paying attention to what troubles humanity is understandable: The out-of-whack needs fixing. But some observers are looking deeper and seeing a different picture. Harvard

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Rising hopes for democracy in the American heartland

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Is the American republic in danger? In my travels for the Monitor this year, I’ve heard people on both the right and the left voice concerns. But what’s made the biggest impression is how many people are energized about their role in making American government better. There was the young,

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