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Members of Congress Call on President Obama to ‘Ban the Box’ in Federal Job Applications

Lauren Victoria Burke

The group of U.S. representatives wants the president to sign an executive order to ban federal contractors from asking if potential job seekers have been convicted of crimes. The “box” in question is one that appears on federal hiring applications, asking job seekers if they have a criminal record. As part of an effort to reduce mass incarceration, many around the country have rallied for local governments and workplaces to “ban the box” from their hiring forms.

Broadway Reins in Record $1.36 Billion for 2014-2015 Season

Patricia Reaney

Broadway enjoyed its highest-grossing season in history with $1.36 billion in 2014-2015 and audience attendance topping 13.1 million, the Broadway League said on Tuesday. Attendance at shows rose 7.3 percent from the previous year's 12.2 million and grosses were up 7.6 percent from $1.26 billion, according to the league, which represents theater owners, operators, producers, presenters and general managers.

Eyeing the Future, Miami Law Firms Ramp Up Cuba Strategy

David Adams

Pedro Freyre, a Cuban-born attorney who heads the international practice at Akerman, said his phones started ringing within minutes of the December announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that they had agreed to re-establish diplomatic ties severed some 54 years ago, and to work toward normalizing relations. "These are exciting times," said Freyre. 

Waco Biker Disaster Again Raises Issues of Racial Double Standard

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Suffice it to say, there have been no hysterical screeches branding them thugs, gangsters, animals, and vermin. There have been no indignant and furious calls from the press, citizenry, and elected officials for a swift, harsh, and massive crackdown, sweeps, and toss the book demands at them. The kind that we instantly hear leap from their mouths, drum the airwaves with, and pen angry editorials on when its young blacks on the hot seat.

Texas Police Seek Truce After Deadly Brawl of Rival Biker Gangs

Lisa Maria Garza

Texas police asked rival motorcycle gangs on Tuesday to put aside their differences after a weekend brawl at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured, calling for a halt to the carnage and threats of revenge attacks. “There has been enough tragedy and there has been enough bloodshed in Waco, Texas. We would appreciate there not being any more," Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told a news briefing.

Five Facts Revealed About Osama Bin Laden From Seymour Hersh's Expose

Sandip Roy

Much of Seymour Hersh’s extensive London Review of Books exposé of the attack that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 merely reiterates what common sense had argued all along. Pakistani intelligence could not have been unaware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad. Pakistani intelligence could not have been kept entirely in the dark about the plot to kill Osama bin Laden.

16.9 Million More Americans Are Insured Through Obamacare

Agnes Constante

Nearly 17 million Americans have gained health insurance since key provisions of the Affordable Care Act were implemented in 2013, according to a study by nonprofit research organization RAND Corp. The report, released Wednesday, May 6, in the journal Health Affairs, found that from September 2013 to February 2013, 22.8 million individuals signed up for coverage, while 5.9 million lost coverage, resulting in a net gain of 16.9 million. 

How North Dakota Became a Producer of Premium Caviar

Ernest Scheyder

A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and Clark camped two centuries ago. As paddlefish, one of North America's largest freshwater fish, make their way north to spawn, their eggs, or roe, are processed at the water's edge to make more than 2,000 pounds of caviar prized by clients from Tokyo to Toronto to New York.

Republican Mike Huckabee Looks to Social Conservatives to Bolster White House Bid

Steve Barnes

Republican Mike Huckabee announced a run for his party's 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday with a fiery, populist speech aimed at energizing support from the Christian right and blue-collar Americans struggling to make ends meet. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election.

Baltimore Lifts Curfew After Citywide Unrest

Scott Malone and Ian Simpson

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she believed sufficient calm had returned to allow her to end the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which went into effect last Tuesday after protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned violent on Monday. "My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary," the mayor said. "I believe we have reached that point today."


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