Pandemic makes economic and racial gaps worse, Fed's Bostic says
ATLANTA — The pandemic has intensified inequality in America and, without decisive action by the federal government, many minorities and poor people could be left out of any economic recovery, said the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Friday.Nationally, the unemployment rate for white people is 7.5%, compared to 13.1% for Black people and 10.5% for Latinos.Without going into specifics, Raphael Bostic said Congress and the Federal Reserve need to provide relief for jobless Americans and beleaguered businesses.Otherwise, even when the pandemic is over, “we’ll have some communi...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Caribbean has reopened and COVID-19 is spreading — but one island is finding success
After being hit with an “Avoid non-essential travel” warning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the coronavirus, the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia recently got some good news: it was moved to the “No Health Warning” list.“The key here is confidence,” St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told the Miami Herald. “Confidence of my nationals; confidence of the persons who work with us and then confidence of the persons who are coming down here on vacation. That’s where you have to start: How do we gain that confidence?”St. Lucia, which has suffered more th...
Trudy Rubin: How Iraq could become a Mideast anchor, not a 'forever war'
The Mideast story with the most potential to change the region for the better is getting insufficient attention.I’m not referring to the U.S.-brokered deals between Israel and two Gulf states, but rather to current developments inside Iraq, where a highly unusual Iraqi prime minister (a longtime human-rights activist) is fighting to normalize his country.The odds facing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are stiff, with Iranian-backed militias challenging his efforts, his followers, and his life. Yet there is real hope for positive change in Iraq, in large part because of Kadhimi’s courage.“For...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jon Stewart lashes out against Congress for lack of funds for 9/11 responders who worked the fire pits
WASHINGTON — Known for his passionate defense for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart, U.S. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand and other 9/11 advocates criticized Congress and the federal government again, this time on behalf of veterans and service members sickened by exposure to burning pits of toxic trash.“Welcome to another exciting episode of, ‘When is America going to start acting like the great country we keep telling ourselves we are?’” the former “Daily Show” host told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.Dozens of veterans and family members stood side by side with Stewart and Gillibrand, D-N.Y., i...
New York Daily News
Prior to COVID-19, text messages were free for Miami's ICE detainees; not anymore
MIAMI — Just when they say they need it most, immigration detainees in Miami-Dade County say the federal government and its telecommunications contractor have made it more costly to communicate with the outside world during the global health pandemic.“Texting our families used to be free, but about three months ago they changed that,” said one of 16 detainees interviewed by the Miami Herald for this story. Because of their immigration status, the Herald has agreed to not reveal names.“We are living through a pandemic; this is when we need to communicate the most,” the Guatemalan national, who ...
Language in Seattle-area rental ads divides neighborhoods along racial lines, study finds
SEATTLE — New research from the University of Washington offers some clues as to why, more than 50 years after the federal government banned housing discrimination, Seattle’s neighborhoods remain segregated by race.The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Social Forces, suggests that language in rental ads may have racially coded subtexts, possibly reinforcing biases among white prospective tenants that less-white neighborhoods are unsafe, peripheral and uninteresting.The study underscores many academics’, authors’ and activists’ depiction of racism as subtle, insidious and...
The Seattle Times
Will there be a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1?
The federal government has told states to be ready to distribute doses of a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election.The move raises major questions we can’t answer yet. Is President Donald Trump exerting political pressure to make good on his promise of a vaccine “before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner”? Is it possible to bring vaccines to market that quickly without leaving doubts about safety and effectiveness that will discourage their use?Here are some facts to help make sense of the situation.Is there time for any vaccine to complete the standard three phase...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Jamaica Labor Party retain power in 'tsunami victory'
Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness led his Jamaica Labor Party to “a tsunami-like” victory in the country’s general elections this week amid a soaring coronavirus pandemic, according to preliminary results.The center-right JLP won 49 of the 63 seats in Parliament, the largest victory margin since the 1980s, according to an early vote count. It also marked the first time the JLP won back-to-back elections since the 1960s.Describing the results as “very unfavorable to the People’s National Party” during a Friday afternoon news conference, opposition leader Peter Phillips, staying true to an e...
Each year, thousands of California cars head to Mexico. Some get into trouble there
SAN DIEGO — Every year, thousands of cars without legal California license plates pour across the border into Mexico.The vehicles, often older models, are popular with lower-income workers who can’t afford to pay federal import fees or buy new vehicles.But Baja California officials say they’re popular for another reason: because no one can identify them, the cars are often used in crimes. State officials claim that more than 80% of crimes in Baja are committed in unregistered vehicles.“That, of course, does not mean that all the drivers of all cars that are illegal are driving around committin...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Wells Fargo to pay nearly $8 million to resolve hiring discrimination accusations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wells Fargo will pay $7.8 million in back wages to settle accusations from the federal government that it discriminated against tens of thousands of Black and female job applicants, the U.S. Department of Labor said.The U.S. Department of Labor alleged that the bank discriminated against 34,193 Black applicants for banking, customer sales and service and administrative support roles in the U.S., the agency said in a news release late Monday.The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs also alleged that the bank discriminated against 308 female applicants fo...
The Charlotte Observer