Social Issues

  • China to abolish labor camps, ease 1-child policy
    China will loosen its decades-old one-child policy by allowing two children for families with one parent who was an only child and will abolish a much-criticized labor camp system, its ruling Communist Party said Friday.November 15, 2013
  • Give to the Max Day raises $17M despite tech issues
    In a day marked by slow service, computer crashes and frustration on the part of both donors and organizations, Minnesota nonprofits and schools still managed to raise more than $17 million on Give to the Max Day, according to early estimates.November 15, 2013
  • Dayton halts release of sex offenders
    The program has become embroiled in politics, governor says.The Daily Circuit, November 14, 2013
  • In International Falls, a call to 'destroy the box'
    How will this northern Minnesota community of 6,400 thrive in the face of a shifting industrial base and loss of legacy jobs in the paper mill industry. The library director is helkping to figure that out by helping kids and adults "re-identify their dreams and hopes and goals."November 14, 2013
  • Report: Fewer homeless veterans in state
    Wilder said most male homeless veterans in Minnesota are over age 50, and about a third are black. A quarter of the homeless veterans reported serving in a combat zone, and nearly half of them reported health problems related to their service.November 13, 2013
  • Study: PG-13 gun violence rivals that of R movies
    Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday.November 12, 2013
  • Veterans given a voice in Library of Congress collection
    Over coffee and cookies, 11 veterans recently shared stories with volunteers at Paradigm Court Reporting and Captioning. They will become part of the Veterans History Project which includes thousands of accounts, all available on line as transcripts, audio or video.November 11, 2013
  • Malala's book banned in Pakistani private schools
    An organization representing 40,000 private schools in Pakistan says it has decided to ban I Am Malala, a memoir written by Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls.November 11, 2013
  • Minn. vets officer finds $300K error
    A veterans service officer in St. Louis County is getting thanks from one Vietnam War veteran after discovering the man was wrongly denied $300,000 in medical benefits.November 11, 2013
  • Vets-turned-firefighters find brotherhood, purpose
    Employment for veterans of recent wars remains a stubborn problem, with the jobless rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan sometimes reaching double the national rate. Beyond just trying to find a job, many vets say after the military, they're still looking for a career with a sense of public service.November 11, 2013
  • Incognito says Martin sent threatening text
    In an interview with Fox Sports televised Sunday, Incognito said he never took the threat seriously. Incognito said he regrets the racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room "brotherhood," not bullying.November 10, 2013
  • Pot posession approved in Portland, ME
    In Portland, Maine, voters passed by an overwhelming margin an ordinance to legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces.November 10, 2013
  • 'Redskins' name draws hundreds to Metrodome protest
    Hundreds of American Indians and their supporters rallied outside the Metrodome Thursday night to demand the Washington Redskins change the team's nickname, calling it racist and disrespectful.November 8, 2013
  • Photos: Redskins' nickname draws throng of protesters to Metrodome
    American Indians and their supporters turned out to protest in front of the Metrodome, calling the DC team's nickname racist and disrespectful, and demanding that it be changed.November 8, 2013
  • Facebook takes on cyberbullies as more teens leave site
    Facebook has rolled out a tool to address online harassment that some digital safety advocates are calling a beneficial, but belated, first step.November 8, 2013

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