| Jun 24, 2014
| 4:25 PM
Books are like medicine, and pediatricians should prescribe their daily use to build up the brains of their youngest patients, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Parents should read aloud to their infants...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 11:17 AM
A few years ago Chrysler made a splash with an Eminem-narrated ad for one of its cars billed as “imported from Detroit,” a clever play on the market-share battles between the domestic automakers and the Toyotas, Hondas and Mercedeses of the...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:13 PM
America's doctors have joined the chorus urging parents to read daily to their children, instead of handing over iPads or parking the kids in front of the TV.
The American Academy of Pediatrics launched its "literacy promotion" campaign this week,...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:51 PM
It's been six months since The Courant published its wish list for this year in the editorial series Agenda 2014 (on http://www.courant.com/opinion). Here is a mid-year update.
Citing infrastructure-related accidents on the state's rail...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 7:11 PM
It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill's water.
Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:59 AM
The wage gap between high earners and low-income workers increased for everyone between 2007 and 2013—but the gap has grown the most for Latinos, according to a Pew analysis published today.
The median weekly pay for low-income Hispanic workers...
| Jul 2, 2014
I've long been disgusted by what I imagine to be the lavish lifestyle low-income people lead in the poor parts of town I never visit.
Flush with government assistance and nanny state handouts like "shelter" and "running water," the poor in America, by...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:30 AM
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...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 9:02 PM
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...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 7:25 AM
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...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 9:34 AM
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....