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Poverty

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Top Poverty Articles

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  • Economic harassment and the Ferguson crisis

    Scratch any social crisis, and you're likely to find economics not far below the surface. Via ArchCity Defenders, a St. Louis legal-aid nonprofit, we can see how this has worked to create the dismaying spectacle of the breakdown of justice in Ferguson....
  • Where the food is both scarce and risky

    PHILADELPHIA For the poor, food is not only scarce, it's often rotten and germ-ridden. Corner stores and small supermarkets that feed vast swaths of impoverished Philadelphia offer bacteria-laced foods in unhealthy conditions that can lead to foodborne...
  • Why did Michael Brown shooting happen where it did?

    FERGUSON, Mo. Long before the nation rested its collective conscience on the protests along West Florissant Avenue, there was a different mobilization going on. Hundreds of people were moving out of their urban neighborhoods to this north St. Louis...
  • Documentary explores poverty through lives of three boys

    We watch films about the Great Depression secure in the knowledge that they have a happy ending. They may portray the horrific poverty that struck the nation, only to then focus on the resilience of the American people and our eventual triumph. But...
  • Debate over federal funds focuses on low-income housing

    Debate over federal funds focuses on low-income housing
    The City Commission has decided to approve an agreement with the Orange County government to be a part of the federal government’s Urban County Program – but only after one commissioner got some assurances that the program wouldn’t aim...
  • Pope Francis focuses on charity during ceremony in South Korea

    Pope Francis focuses on charity during ceremony in South Korea
    In the midst of a five-day visit to South Korea, Pope Francis continued to draw enthusiastic crowds Saturday, speaking on one of his favorite topics — charity — and also making an implicit statement on the hot-button issue of abortion....
  • In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists

    In Nigeria, child beggars are easy recruits for Boko Haram extremists
    They scurry between vehicles in the traffic-choked cities of northern Nigeria, small boys in tattered clothing armed with begging tins. Known as the almajiri, the youngsters, some no older than 5, have flooded the streets for the nearly 15 years since a...
  • Ferguson's mounting racial and economic stress set stage for turmoil

    Ferguson's mounting racial and economic stress set stage for turmoil
    The police shooting of Michael Brown was the spark. But the tinder fueling the anger and resentment that has exploded in Ferguson has been building for decades. The town has seen many middle-class homeowners who eagerly moved to St. Louis' northern...
  • Margaret L. Snyder: Revolution of the Sixties has no place in the 21st century

    The faculty speaker at a recent commencement spoke glowingly of the "revolution of the Sixties" and praised those who labor for the extension of that revolution today. The revolution actually began before the Sixties and has enjoyed considerable...
  • Pope Francis beatifies martyrs in South Korea, urges sacrifice

    Pope Francis beatifies martyrs in South Korea, urges sacrifice
    Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs before a crowd of hundreds of thousands here Saturday, and called on South Koreans to heed their example of sacrifice in a world of growing poverty and inequality. The beatification Mass was one of the main events of...
  • Adora Obi Nwezi: Low-income energy users shouldn't pay heavy load

    As Floridians grapple with rising energy rates, the state Public Service Commission is trying to decide whether it should allow subsidies for energy efficiency and solar energy to be raised or lowered. To date, these subsidies have favored more...