Homeless students face extra obstacles amid COVID-19
DETROIT — Fourth-grader Caron Lee-Clemons and first-grader Javerion Rouse are homeless and school-less.The brothers are staying with their mother and three siblings in a homeless shelter in Westland, Mich., where they occupy a single room with five twin beds and a crib for the youngest child.The closure of the boys’ elementary school, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, coincided with the loss of a place to live earlier this year, when they were staying with a friend and had to leave. They have been in the shelter for two months.Their mother, Valincea Clemons, says she is doing her best to s...
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How Hillary Clinton and Haiti's earthquake changed the life of Trump's Supreme Court pick
“Do you still want him?” asked the voice on the phone.Amy Coney Barrett had tried to adopt a young Haitian boy named John Peter, only to face roadblocks followed by obstacles. She’d all but given up on adopting her second child from Haiti and had recently become pregnant again when the call came.It was January in South Bend, Indiana. She said she put on a heavy coat and headed to nearby Notre Dame University, where she taught law.“I walked up to the cemetery on campus and I sat down on one of the benches and I just thought, ‘Well if life is really hard at least it’s short,’” she recounted to t...
Feds cobbled criminal cases together in missing children operation, creating false perception
ATLANTA — Trevontae Shareef says he didn’t know that his girlfriend of seven months was a runaway from state foster care. At least, not until early August, he said, when about a dozen federal agents and police officers clad in body armor showed up at the front door of his mother’s house in Covington and pushed their way past him.Guns drawn, they searched the house until they found the 17-year-old girl hiding under furniture in the garage.“We were all just shocked,” Shareef, 21, said.Federal authorities weren’t just looking to find a missing teenager that day, but also to make a public impressi...
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Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on
WASHINGTON — When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it will become one of the smallest U.S. cities to embrace a policy once seen as far-fetched or radical.“Basic-income” programs — designed to dole out direct cash payments to large swaths of people, no strings attached — were, until earlier this year, largely the realm of Washington, D.C., policy wonks and West Coast futurists.But amid the pandemic and a global recession, both basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum, surfacing everyw...
Preparing for the worst, health agencies mount unprecedented flu shot drives
WASHINGTON — If the United States has even a typical flu season that collides with a COVID-19 flare, the resulting public health nightmare could swamp the nation’s already strained health system.This year’s flu season could be milder than usual because of social distancing. And more Americans could decide to get a flu shot because of heightened health awareness spurred by the novel coronavirus.But it’s also possible that fewer people will be willing to go into a public setting to get a shot and that flu season will come roaring in by late October.“We are more concerned than usual — if that’s p...
Embrace nostalgia: Where to watch reboots and cast reunions of TV shows from the '90s and early 2000s
One strange result of the coronavirus outbreak? Virtual cast reunions from movies and TV shows are now a regular occurrence. Here’s a list of recent reunions, TV reboots and revivals, plus a few still to come.Cast reunions, appearances and table readsMovies: “The Lord of the Rings” (cast appearance on Josh Gad’s “Reunited Apart” series), “The Parent Trap” (Instagram Live with Katie Couric), “That Thing You Do!”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (table read), “High School Musical” (Disney Family Singalong performance), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (cast appearance on Josh Gad’s “Reunited Apart” seri...
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Here's how Flint families will get paid in water crisis settlement
DETROIT — The process of distributing $600 million to more than 33,000 Flint water victims will likely take months to complete, and it’s unlikely the money for the settlement will be available until the beginning of 2021.The settlement will encompass all Flint children who were younger than the age of 18 at the time of the water switch in April 2014 as well as adults who were personally injured by lead contamination or Legionnaires’ Disease or whose property was damaged.Some businesses also will be able to seek compensation for lost money, according to the preliminary settlement formally annou...
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