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A carbon tax on investment income could be more fair and make it less profitable to pollute – a new analysis shows why

(THE CONVERSATION) About 10 years ago, a very thick book written by a French economist became a surprising bestseller. It was called "Capital in the 21st Century." In it, Thomas Piketty traces the history of income and wealth inequality over the past couple of hundred years.
The book's insights struck a chord with peop ... (full story)

Goodbye to the barbershop?

(THE CONVERSATION) With their red, white and blue striped poles, dark Naugahyde chairs and straight razor shaves, barbershops hold a special place in American culture.
But numbers show that barbershops are dwindling. According to census data, from 1992 to 2012 we saw a 23 percent decrease in barbershops in the United States (wit ... (full story)

Do I really need supplemental insurance (Medigap) with Medicare?

About 41% of Original Medicare beneficiaries had Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap, in 2021, according to a February 2023 report summarizing enrollment data from AHIP, a national health insurance trade association. For the other 59%, Medicare has some "gaps" that could be costly.
"There are many gaps in Me ... (full story)


Struthers Muni Court Judge Jim Melone on his agenda

From introducing two mediation programs to reinstituting the drug court—those are just some of the initiatives Struthers Municipal Court Judge Jim Melone is planning to roll out in the near future.
Judge Melone began his six-year term on the bench at the beginning of 2024, after being sworn in on Dec. 18, 2023 by his form ... (full story)

What can cities do to correct racism and help all communities live longer? It starts with city planning

(THE CONVERSATION) The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 76.1 years. But this range varies widely – a child raised in wealthy San Mateo County, California, can expect to live nearly 85 years. A child raised in Fort Worth, Texas, could expect to live about 66.7 years.
Race, poverty, as well as related issues like the a ... (full story)

These programs make college possible for students with developmental disabilities

(THE CONVERSATION) For students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, opportunities to attend college may appear few and far between. But this is changing, thanks to inclusive postsecondary education – known as IPSE – programs at colleges across the United States. Here are some important things to know about ... (full story)


Takeaways from the AP's investigation into how US prison labor supports many popular food brands

In a sweeping two-year investigation, The Associated Press found goods linked to U.S. prisoners wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour and Coca-Cola. They are on the shelves of most supermarkets, including Kroger, Target, Aldi and Whole Foods ... (full story)

With beds scarce and winter bearing down, a tent camp grows outside NYC's largest migrant shelter

With beds scarce and winter bearing down, a tent camp grows outside NYC's largest migrant shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — On any given night, some 3,000 migrants sleep on cots lined up inside huge, heated tents on a small island with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
But as New York struggles to house a surging number of immigrants from the U.S-Mexico border, there simply isn't enough space in the sprawling complex on R ... (full story)