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Apr 25th


Janitors set deadline for companies to address Green Cleaning Innovations

More than 4,000 janitors from across the Twin Cities began working without a contract today after an agreement with their employers expired Friday. After cleaning contractors rejected green cleaning innovations that could save building owners millions, while simultaneously demanding drastic wage and health care cuts, Twin Cities janitors set a January 23 deadline for employers to discuss real solutions proposed by janitors on green cleaning and affordable health insurance.

Earthquake leaves Haiti ‘worse than a war zone’

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Gravely injured Haitians pleaded for help Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National Palace and the headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers.

Ellison expresses condolences to Haitians

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) released the following statement regarding the catastrophic earthquake that occurred yesterday on the Caribbean island of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Walmart donates $600,000 in response to Haiti earthquake

In response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Walmart operations around the world and the Walmart Foundation today announced a $500,000 monetary donation to Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Haiti. The company is also sending pre-packaged food kits valued at $100,000 to Haiti at the request of the Red Cross.  

Remarks by the President on Rescue Efforts in Haiti

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  This morning I want to extend to the people of Haiti the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake.  

Continue the Dream, by Serving Our Children

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to a dream of equality.  He dreamed of a day when “little black boys and black girls would be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

African-Americans are twice as likely to be caregivers to older loved ones

African-Americans are twice as likely to be caregivers to older loved ones WASHINGTON (NNPA) - There's an adage that tells us that we are once an adult but twice a child. That is because many in their “golden years” will be spent in the care of others. In fact, a new study suggests that almost a third of the country's adult population play a caregiver role to somebody over the age of 50, a disparate number of those caregivers being African American.

DVD examines effort to reach troubled NYC teens via rap

DVD examines effort to reach troubled NYC teens via rapChris ‘Kazi’ Rolle was born in the Bahamas where he was abandoned soon after birth by his mother who decided to start over on her own and set out for America. Understandably, Kazi grew up with a hole in his soul, and headed for New York City at the age of 14 to track her down.

A mother desperately needs gift of life

A mother desperately needs gift of life All was well for Jennifer Jones Austin and her family in the recent months leading into the holiday season.  Suddenly, her life depends on a gift from a possible stranger.  Jenas she is often referred to by those close to herthe 41 year old wife of Shawn Austin and mother to a daughter 12 and son eight, has garnered great contentment in numerous areas of her life.  The daughter of a prominent minister, the late Dr. William Augustus Jones, not only developed a fulfilling family life but a satisfying and purposeful professional existence as well. 

Are west coast salmon going extinct?

Are west coast salmon going extinct?Dear EarthTalk: What is the story with West Coast salmon runs? I’ve heard conflicting reports in regard to whether the fish are abundant or going extinct. --Rebecca Shur, Kirkland, WA

Report: Record number of MN Kids without a home for the holidays

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Most Americans are making plans for the holidays in their warm homes, but thousands of children will spend the holidays simply dreaming about a place to call home. A new report shows the number of Hennepin County homeless families has reached the highest level since 2000, and that number was 75 percent higher in September 2009 than in September 2006. Nearly 2,900 kids have been identified as homeless by Minneapolis and St. Paul schools.
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