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Apr 20th

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Stress, trauma, loss, rage

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full? That is exactly the approach recommended by a panel of the nation's leading gun violence researchers in a report released this week by the Institute of Medicine. Convened by the federal government in the wake of the Newtown shooting, the panel provides a national road map for the research that needs to be done to prevent gun violence and improve public safety, especially for our most vulnerable.
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What “never again” means to me

I’m a Post WW II Brooklyn born Jewish woman living in retirement community. I didn’t choose to live here for its disproportionally predominantly Jewish population, but here I am. I have enjoyed all of my life, since leaving my family of origins, living in more heterogeneous environments, yet there is the comfort of chicken soup being here surrounded by those I feel a shared history with, and being reminded of the few, long-forgotten Yiddish words and phrases I recall from my childhood.
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Twins a lot more fun to watch

Nobody asked me, but early returns of the Twins 2013 season suggest they’ll be a little better this year than they were in the past two.
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My Tea Party 'Taliban' comment...What is the lesson here?

 My Tea Party 'Taliban' comment...What is the lesson here?(TriceEdneyWire.com) - I have always suspected that racists didn't like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof.
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Don't give me flex time, give me my money

Nobody asked me, but Republicans seem to think that the American people aren't very bright.
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We need more charter schools

We need more charter schoolsNobody asked me, but it is unassailable that charter schools are doing an admirable job with our kids.
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Prison calls: Put families before padded corporate profits

Prison calls: Put families before padded corporate profitsMartha Wright is an 87-year-old grandmother and a retired nurse. When her grandson, Ulandis Forte, went to prison in 1994, she was determined to keep in touch. Wright knew her grandson had made a mistake, but she did not want him to feel abandoned. More than grandmother's intuition, research also shows that prisoners who maintain family connections are much less likely to re-offend, breaking the crime cycle.
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