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NEWS
March 26, 1993
Though the poverty gap between blacks and whites in Maryland narrowed significantly during the 1980s, the latest Census report shows blacks are still three times more likely to live in poverty than whites. The persistent economic gap between blacks and whites appears to be an intractable problem, affecting debate on issues from school funding and health care to welfare dependency, drug abuse and crime.No single factor is responsible for the gap. The loss of low-skill manufacturing jobs from urban areas, the increase in single-parent households over the last generation and the continuing legacy of racial discrimination all have contributed to the present crisis.
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NEWS
By New York Times News Service | July 20, 1994
WASHINGTON -- With the debate over reducing the country's welfare rolls focusing renewed attention on the rising birthrate among unwed women, the Census Bureau reports that such births soared by more than 70 percent from 1983 to 1993.According to figures released by the bureau yesterday, 6.3 million children, or 27 percent of all children under the age of 18, lived in 1993 with a single parent who had never married, up from 3.7 million in 1983.The report showed that the annual increase in the number of children born out of wedlock slowed in the 1980s, but it also documented the sharp rise in these kinds of births over the past three decades.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | February 4, 1993
When it comes to helping the homeless, students at St. Louis School say you've got to put your money where your math is.Not only did students from the Clarksville parochial school trudge door to door in the January chill to collect pledges of support for Churches Concerned for the Homeless, but they worked on 100 math problems in exchange for the money.The sum of their "Math-a-thon" was $6,517.61. That's $80.731716 squared, plus one one-hundredth of a cent on an eight-digit calculator."I was just overwhelmed with the amount of money raised, especially with the way the economy is today," said Sister Mary Catherine, the school's principal.
NEWS
April 28, 1992
Can liberal and conservative views of crime, race and the deterioration of poor, inner-city communities over the last 20 years converge sufficiently to make possible a new policy consensus on addressing America's urban crisis? The urgency of such a consensus was dramatically underscored by a recent report which found that 42 percent of black men in the District of Columbia were somehow enmeshed in the criminal justice system on any given day in 1991 -- evidence of a social breakdown in the nation's center cities far more serious than previously acknowledged.
NEWS
February 8, 1994
In journeying to a junior high school in a beleaguered District of Columbia neighborhood, President Clinton struck a bigger blow against the universally reviled welfare system than a dozen detailed reform proposals.However you analyze the issue, you can't escape the fact that young, single mothers with no marketable skills will always need large doses of government help. The real challenge is not the pipe dream of designing the perfect welfare system, but finding ways to keep these precarious family units from being formed at all. That's a challenge better suited to the pulpit -- especially the bully pulpit of the presidency -- than to bureaucracy.
NEWS
June 13, 1996
AMONG THE many disastrous legacies of the welfare dependency of the past three decades is the transformation of ** public housing from an accommodation of last resort to a permanent shelter for the poor. This changed the whole character of public housing. As poverty was concentrated and working poor moved elsewhere, formerly tidy high-rises became run-down warrens of crime and dysfunction.During his four years in Washington, President Clinton has taken decisive steps to reform public housing.
NEWS
December 12, 1992
When Norplant first became available in this country in early 1991, family planning professionals hailed the implant as an important new contraceptive choice for women. And that's exactly the proper focus of the Baltimore City Norplant Consortium -- making it possible for women, in this case sexually active teen-aged girls, to consider a new contraceptive choice that otherwise would be too expensive.Formed recently by city Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson, the group of doctors, hospitals and foundations intends to provide information about Norplant to sexually active teen-agers, along with funding for those who choose to use it. The financial support is crucial, since the Norplant kit itself costs $365, plus the fee for insertion.
NEWS
January 10, 1995
Is there any scientific basis for the familiar aphorism "like father, like son"? Apparently there's some truth to the observation that children resemble their parents in ways that involve more than just genes. Researchers in Israel recently have come up with an intriguing new twist on the ancient nature vs. nurture debate, one that may apply to a wide variety of situations, from nurturing musical talent in the very young to breaking the cycle of welfare dependency.Dr. Eva Jablonka of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Eytan Avital of the department of natural sciences at David Yelin Teacher's College in Jerusalem have proposed that many species, including humans, transmit characteristics from one generation to the next not simply by passing along their genes, but also by training their offspring to behave as they do so thoroughly that the behavior is passed down from generation to generation without any involvement of DNA, the complex genetic material in which inherited traits are encoded.
NEWS
September 17, 1993
Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the nation's new surgeon general, took office last week having made it clear that she intends to tackle some tough and controversial issues. At the top of her list is the country's epidemic of adolescent pregnancy, a problem Dr. Elders has targeted as a leading cause of poverty and a contributor to many other social ills, from infant mortality to welfare dependency. So far, however, the federal government has found no coherent or effective approach to the issue.One of the first challenges facing the new surgeon general is to define a national agenda for facing up to a problem that is putting increasing burdens on state and local governments.
NEWS
By CLARENCE PAGE | May 2, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A lot of naysayers are picking apart President Bush's choice of conservative TV host and commentator Tony Snow to be his press secretary. Depending on whom you read or hear, Mr. Snow is either too conservative, too anti-Bush, too loyal, too independent, outspoken or maybe just too darn good-looking for the job. But I think Mr. Bush's selection is smart public relations. In this era of relentless news cycles, the press secretary is an administration's most visible day-to-day connection with the public.
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