Study of ‘94 Adoption Law Finds Little Benefit to Blacks

May 27, 2008

The Washington Post reports that, “A 1994 federal law that paved the way for more white adults to adopt black children has left many parents ill-equipped for the situation and has not achieved the goals of giving black children an equal chance of being adopted and recruiting more black adoptive parents, a study concludes.”

Source: Study of ‘94 Adoption Law Finds Little Benefit to Blacks

City, NRA to face off on gun laws

May 20, 2008

The Daily News reports, “A Common Pleas Court judge will consider legal arguments from the city and the National Rifle Association today on whether five local gun-control laws passed last month should be enforced.”

Source: City, NRA to face off on gun laws

Crowded city jails may get worse

May 19, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “As a crackdown on crime continues in Philadelphia, city officials are concerned it will only exacerbate a crisis in city prisons.”

Source: Crowded city jails may get worse

City eyes North Jersey jail to ease jam here

May 16, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Two weeks after civil-rights attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit over Philadelphia’s jammed, junky jails, city officials have one potential solution in the works: Transfer inmates to a jammed, junky jail 100 miles away.”

Source: City eyes North Jersey jail to ease jam here

Many Hispanics Are Hit Hard by Economic Slump

May 13, 2008

The New York Times reports, “What had been a story of steady advances for Hispanics has given way to growing joblessness and lost homes.”

Source: Many Hispanics Are Hit Hard by Economic Slump

Racial Disparities Found to Persist as Drug Arrests Rise

May 6, 2008

The New York Times reports, “More than two decades after President Ronald Reagan escalated the war on drugs, arrests for drug sales or, more often, drug possession are still rising. And despite public debate and limited efforts to reduce them, large disparities persist in the rate at which blacks and whites are arrested and imprisoned for drug offenses, even though the two races use illegal drugs at roughly equal rates.”

Source: Racial Disparities Found to Persist as Drug Arrests Rise

Crowds Are Smaller at Protests by Immigrants

May 2, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Thousands of immigrants and their supporters marched in several cities on Thursday to demand civil rights at a time when crackdowns against illegal immigrants are rising.”

Source: Crowds Are Smaller at Protests by Immigrants

New city program urges clergy to help turn in lawbreakers

May 1, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Sorry sinners looking for forgiveness can now get more than just words of wisdom from their pastors, rabbis or imams.”

Source: New city program urges clergy to help turn in lawbreakers

Fewer Latino Immigrants Sending Money Home

May 1, 2008

The New York Times reports, “In a sign that the economic downturn is hitting hard among Latino immigrants, more than three million of them stopped sending money to families in their home countries during the last two years, the Inter-American Development Bank said on Wednesday.”

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Rise in Minorities Is Led by Children, Census Finds

May 1, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Since 2000, members of racial and ethnic minorities have become a majority of youngsters under 15 in two of the nation’s fastest-growing states, Florida and Nevada, with Georgia, Maryland and New York poised to follow, according to census data released on Wednesday.”

Source: Rise in Minorities Is Led by Children, Census Finds

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