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7:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

What The College Kids Are Reading

Lydia Thompson/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:20 pm

I can remember the weeks before starting school at Skidmore College, furiously trying to finish Gregory Howard Williams' memoir, Life on the Color Line. The book had been assigned as our freshman reading assignment — part of the First-Year Experience at the liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Four years later, Williams spoke at our graduation.

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Africa
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kenyan Novelist Explains What President Obama's Visit Signifies

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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U.S.
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Investigators Seek The Gunman's Motivation In The Chattanooga Shooting

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:16 pm

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U.S.
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

After Cold, Icy Winters, Lake Michigan Is Rising Rapidly

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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Water levels in the Great Lakes are rising from record lows. Lakes Huron and Michigan are 3 feet higher than a year ago. Here's NPR's David Schaper.

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Media
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

The Associated Press Puts Its Vast Archive On YouTube

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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And now here's your chance to be a witness to history or at least to see the video footage of people who were there.

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Law
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

It's illegal to employ immigrants without documents. But through voluntary work programs in detention centers, the federal government employs thousands of undocumented immigrants. "The government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, has effectively become the biggest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country," says Carl Takei, an attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project.

The pay for an eight hour shift in a detention center is $1 a day, or roughly 13 cents an hour.

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Law
6:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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Middle East
5:51 am
Thu July 23, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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All Tech Considered
5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Trying To Keep Your Data Safe? You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Security experts' and non-experts' top security practices, according to Google's survey.
Google Online Security Blog

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:03 am

Long gone are the days when you could pass off all your computer issues to an expert — IT support or the broadband 1-800 number. Today, in this always-connected, mobile world, regular people find themselves in a challenging situation.

On our own, we have to manage security on our devices, patch software and update passwords. And according to a new survey by Google, we're not prioritizing well.

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The Salt
5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Fast-Food Workers Cheer As $15 Minimum Wage Advances In New York State

Labor leaders, workers and activists attend a rally for a $15 minimum hourly wage Wednesday in New York City. A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the increase.
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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:40 pm

There aren't a lot of obscure government board meetings that warrant a watch party, let alone one with a marching band.

But that's how fast-food restaurant workers and their supporters celebrated Wednesday on a blocked-off street in Manhattan, as they watched a state panel recommend a $6.25 increase in their hourly wage, to $15.

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