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    The Union Plus website identifies the purpose of unions as “increasing wages, raising the standard of living for the working class, ensuring safe working conditions, and increasing benefits for both workers and their families.”

      “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what i…

        The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act proposal, better known as the Patient CARE Act, would give back flexibility, power, liberty and choice to individuals to decide what type of health care insurance coverage they may need during different phases of their life.

        Dev Shah is the champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 14-year-old from Largo, Florida, had his spelling career interrupted by the pandemic, then didn't make it out of his regional bee last year. He was brimming with confidence in his final opportunity, asking precise questions about obscure Greek roots. His winning word was “psammophile,” and his root knowledge made it a layup. Dev takes home the winner's trophy and more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. Charlotte Walsh, a 14-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, was the runner-up.

        The calendar says it’s still spring, but for parts of the Great Lakes region, hot, summerlike temperatures already have arrived, forcing some schools to close or shift students to remote learning. Detroit Public Schools Community District began closing its more than 100 schools three hours earlier than normal Thursday and will do the same Friday as temperatures in the Motor City were expected to soar to near 90 both days. In western Michigan, Grand Rapids Public Schools canceled all classes and after-school activities Thursday and Friday. Forty public schools in Pittsburgh with insufficient air conditioning went to remote learning Thursday and Friday, while 90 Philadelphia public schools were dismissing students two hours early on Friday.

        Relatives of two young boys killed by gunfire as they played with kittens in the backyard of their Pennsylvania home are mourning them as authorities announced two men were charged with their slayings. Authorities said Thursday they charged 22-year-old Alex Torres Santos and a 16-year-old male with three counts of criminal homicide and other charges. Authorities say Santos was on house arrest for several unrelated charges and was wearing an ankle monitor. A third male is still being sought and will likely face similar charges. The third victim, 19-year-old Joshua Lugo-Perez apparently was the intended target of Tuesday night's shooting, which authorities said stemmed from “a previous argument.”


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