Life in a food desert, where fresh produce is 2 bus rides from home
FORT WORTH, Texas — Willie Brown carefully guided his cart of groceries off the Trinity Metro Bus. The cart thumped on the ground, and he slowly pushed it across an empty parking lot toward home.Thirty years ago, that empty parking lot would have been filled with shopping carts and families buying groceries. It would have been where Brown shopped. Now, the Stricks Food Store is empty. Its parking lot at East Jefferson and Evans avenues is used as a gathering place for people who use bus stop No. 5.The building is a reminder of what the Hillside neighborhood used to be.“This area is dying,” Bro...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Will Bunch: Yes, the Reichstag is on fire, but the American people have water to put it out
Part of a life well-lived, I’ve come to realize, is hanging on to an old quote from a mentor or family member that over time has taken on much deeper meaning than when it was uttered to you as a clueless 16-year-old. For me, it’s the oxymoron that my high school football coach, Rob Pickert, used to teach how a defensive end must rush a quarterback — “with reckless abandon, but under control.” Over the next 45 years I’d see that’s the right way to tackle a lot of problems … including a vainglorious wannabe dictator poised to end U.S. democracy.My thoughts on President Donald Trump’s open contem...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle's median household income soars past $100,000 — but wealth doesn't reach all
For Seattle, the 2010s were marked by the explosive growth of two things: Population and income.Regarding population, the city ended the decade with the distinction as the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. So it seems only fitting that when it comes to income, Seattle should also close out the previous 10-year stretch with a milestone.And according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, Seattle did just that, crossing over into six-figure territory.The median income for the roughly 345,000 households inside Seattle’s city limits hit $102,500 in 2019, up about $9,000 from 2018...
The Seattle Times
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Detroit’s violent crime leads the nationDETROIT — Detroit’s violent crime rate led the nation among big cities in 2019, despite the city’s numbers dropping.Last year, 13,040 violent crimes were reported to police — murder, rape, assault and robbery — in Detroit compared with 13,478 in 2018, a 3% drop, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report released Monday morning. It occurred as violent crime nationwide dropped 0.5% last year.But Detroit’s rate of 1,965 violent crimes per 100,000 people placed it highest among cities with more than 100,000 residents, followed by St. Louis, Mi...
Tribune News Service
Detroit's violent crime leads the nation
DETROIT — Detroit’s violent crime rate led the nation among big cities in 2019, despite the city’s numbers dropping.Last year, 13,040 violent crimes were reported to police — murder, rape, assault and robbery — in Detroit compared with 13,478 in 2018, a 3% drop, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report released Monday morning. It occurred as violent crime nationwide dropped 0.5% last year.But Detroit’s rate of 1,965 violent crimes per 100,000 people placed it highest among cities with more than 100,000 residents, followed by St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Baltimor...
The Detroit News
Black, Seattle-based ATF agent who won lawsuit naming Nazi-tattooed colleague now alleges smear campaign, claims retaliation
SEATTLE — An African American senior supervisory agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who last year was paid $450,000 to settle a race-based discrimination lawsuit involving a fellow agent with a Nazi-themed tattoo has sued the agency again, alleging a smear campaign and retaliation that went unanswered by her bosses.Cheryl Bishop, a former ATF K-9 handler and now a senior supervisory special agent based in Seattle, claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that, three days after a report of the government’s settlement appeared in The Seattle Times on Nov. 18...
The Seattle Times
Local health officials worry CDC has 'lost its soul'
WASHINGTON — As Dr. Mark Wilson prepared to release advice in July that middle schools and high schools in Birmingham, Alabama, should not open for in-person learning this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its position and issued the opposite recommendation.Wilson, chief health officer for Birmingham and the surrounding county, stuck to his at-home schooling decision, but now without support from what had long been regarded as the nation’s most esteemed public health authority.Not only that, he said some of the vexed parents even cited the CDC in attacking his s...
Are Hispanic and Black children more at risk of COVID? 'It's a trickle down' effect
MIAMI — Children and teens don’t usually get the worst COVID-19 symptoms. They might cough a lot, have a runny nose, maybe get a fever. Most recover.But some wind up in the hospital. Some die.And many of those who have died from COVID-19 related complications are Hispanic or Black, according to a new report published this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report looked at 121 COVID-19 associated deaths under 21 that were reported to the CDC from Feb. 12 to July 31. Of those deaths, 45% were Hispanic, 29% Black, 14% white non-Hispanic and 4% American Indi...
The Week Ahead: Caught between Congress and the Court
The monthly jobs report usually is a prism for investors to play a guessing game over the Federal Reserve. But the Fed has taken itself out of play with its pledge to keep its target interest rate at zero for a good long time.There’s still plenty of opportunity for the September job numbers to move markets in the week ahead.The unemployment rate has fallen sharply from its April pandemic high. Yet less than half the number of jobs cut by U.S. companies in March and April have been brought back. Millions of people remain unemployed, and millions more still are underemployed. More than 800,000 p...
Fauci to FDA: 'I got your back' on COVID-19 vaccine safety standards
ATLANTA — The federal government’s top infectious disease official attempted to reassure the public Thursday that he’ll support safety standards set by federal officials for any COVID-19 vaccines and their work won’t be swayed by politics.“If (U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials) come and say this is the way we should do it, I’ve got your back on that,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an online discussion organized by Emory University.The remarks came in response to a question from Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an associate Emory University professor and CNN medical correspondent who moderated the discu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution