Social Issues

  • Report: Minnesota's employment gap between races is 'intolerable'
    In addition to employment disparities, the report also notes discriminatory lending practices have shut out minority-owned businesses from obtaining loans.January 17, 2014
  • Pope's Harley up for auction to help Rome soup kitchen
    The Vatican plans to auction off one of Pope Francis' two Harley-Davidson motorcycles and donate the proceeds to a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless in Rome.January 14, 2014
  • Families, activists remember victims of gun violence
    Organizers of the event asked attendees to get involved with anti-violence groups or push for tighter gun laws at the State Capitol in the upcoming legislative session.January 13, 2014
  • Same-sex couples in Utah made eligible for federal benefits
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the 900-plus same-sex marriages that took place in Utah during the two weeks when such unions were legal. That means those couples will be eligible for all federal benefits.January 10, 2014
  • Civil rights sit-in pioneer Franklin McCain dies
    Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960, has died, his son said Friday. He was 73.January 10, 2014
  • Feds recognize same-sex couples in Utah
    Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold.January 10, 2014
  • With White Bear as poster child, Minnesota tests new approach to limited water supplies
    A new effort involving just about anyone who flushes a toilet from Lino Lakes to Woodbury is about to eclipse the scattered sprinkling limits and water-saving campaigns to rescue a shrinking White Bear Lake. And that could be just a first step in getting Minnesota residents, businesses and others to think differently about how they use water.January 8, 2014
  • Meetings to address Southwest light rail project
    The Met Council is looking for public input.The Daily Circuit, January 7, 2014
  • Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in Utah
    The United States Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in the state of Utah. The order issued by the court on Monday halts same-sex marriages until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.January 6, 2014
  • Writer sees deep flaws in online journalism
    What matters is whether you click on it - or better still, share it.The Daily Circuit, January 3, 2014
  • At Spirit on Lake, gay seniors find safe haven
    Spirit on Lake, a 46-unit affordable housing complex marketed to older members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community opened in September. It's only the second building of its kind in the United States.January 2, 2014
  • Dying lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism leaves prison
    Former defense lawyer Lynne Stewart, 74, is suffering from breast cancer. She was convicted in 2005 of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up landmarks in New York City.January 1, 2014
  • Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages
    Similar requests have already been rejected by district and circuit courts. Earlier this month, a federal district court invalidated Utah's ban on gay marriage that was endorsed by voters in 2004, saying it is not constitutional.January 1, 2014
  • The world braces for retirement crisis
    Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II.December 28, 2013
  • Anti-animal cruelty efforts that failed in 2013
    The past year was a busy one for the animal welfare activists who've turned their hidden cameras on confinement facilities where huge numbers of food animals are raised. Livestock producers -- and the policymakers they influence -- were just as busy trying to make it illegal for activists to enter these facilities undercover.December 28, 2013

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