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In Raising Its Minimum Wage, Wal-Mart Joins Growing National Shift

News & Civics | February 23, 2015

In Raising Its Minimum Wage, Wal-Mart Joins Growing National Shift

About half a million Walmart employees are getting a much needed pay raise. Starting in April, full- and part-time U.S. employees of the company will earn at least $9 an hour, a full $1.75 more than the federal minimum wage, the company announced this week.

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For Millions of Undocumented, Fate Still Foggy After Judge Halts Immigration Programs [Interactive Population Map]

News & Civics | February 20, 2015

For Millions of Undocumented, Fate Still Foggy After Judge Halts Immigration Programs [Interactive Population Map]

Things got all the more confusing for America’s 11 million-plus undocumented immigrants when a federal judge on Monday blocked President Obama’s recent executive actions to defer millions of deportations.

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The Feverish Roots of Today’s Anti-Vaccine Movement

News & Civics | February 17, 2015

The Feverish Roots of Today’s Anti-Vaccine Movement

Since the start of 2015, over 120 measles cases have been reported in 17 states, most stemming from a December outbreak at Disneyland in Southern California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here’s a breakdown of the history of the anti-vaccine movement.

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Are Teens Today More Narcissistic Than Previous Generations?

News & Civics | February 6, 2015 | 158 Comments

Are Teens Today More Narcissistic Than Previous Generations?

“Millennials are more narcissistic than boomers and gen Xers were at the same age,” said Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of several books on narcissism. Do you think teens today are more narcissistic than previous generations?

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After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs? [Visualization]

News & Civics | February 6, 2015

After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs? [Visualization]

Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing for its fourth consecutive year of drought. This January was California’s driest on record. View this interactive visualization to see the changes in the past few years.

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When Should Free Speech Be Protected? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Should Free Speech Be Protected? Students Weigh In

In early January, the attacks on French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, sparked demonstrations and protests around the world and brought into the question the importance of the protection of free speech. View how young folks responded to the question, KQED asked students to answer the question, When should free speech be protected and why?

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Do Police Serve and Protect Your Community?

News & Civics | January 30, 2015 | 353 Comments

Do Police Serve and Protect Your Community?

In the wake of Ferguson and other recent high visibility incidents throughout the country in which white police officers killed unarmed black males, increased national focus has been placed on the often frayed relationship between police and the communities they are responsible for serving. Do you think the police help make your community safer?

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How Does Your Community View Depression? Teenagers Weigh In

News & Civics | January 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

How Does Your Community View Depression? Teenagers Weigh In

Depression is now the leading cause of disability among American teens and adults ages 15 to 44. Depression in teens may be difficult for others to recognize. Family values and cultural views of mental illness can dramatically affect how depression in teens is recognized and understood. Hear how teenagers talk about how depression is looked at in their communities.

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Crowd-Sourced Data Show More than 150 Killings by California Police Last Year

News & Civics | January 29, 2015

Crowd-Sourced Data Show More than 150 Killings by California Police Last Year

Here’s a time-lapse map of officer-related killings in California, 2014. The database is primarily composed of incidents listed on Killed By Police’s site, although we also included several additional cases from in the Los Angeles Times’s Homicide Report.

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A Half-Century After March on Washington, Would Martin Luther King Be Satisfied?

News & Civics | January 21, 2015

A Half-Century After March on Washington, Would Martin Luther King Be Satisfied?

On August 28, 2013, thousands gathered on the National Mall to commemorate the 1963 march and the tremendous impact it had. Some of the featured speakers, though, noted that many of the demands have still not been met, particularly along economic lines.

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