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School's name a hot topic for Kanawha board

wvgazette.com — Kenny Kemp Board member Bill Raglin speaks in favor of the name change. Becky Jordon (left) spoke against renaming the school. CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Community members say Mary C. Snow wasn't one for the spotlight, but in recent months the pioneering African American educator has become the centerpiece of a political tug-of-war between the local school board, community members, and school faculty to rename West Side Elementary School in her honor.
Jul 14, 2015

Kids who attend Mary Snow Elementary on Charleston's west side wanted to name that school after @BarackObama wvgazette.com/News/201202020…

Housing consultant offers few viable options for evacuating residents

revealnews.org — RICHMOND, Calif. - After months of scouring the rental market to find new homes for displaced residents from a run-down public housing complex, here's what the Richmond Housing Authority came up with: a list of landlords who don't accept public housing vouchers or have no vacancies, one extended-stay hotel and a commercial building that is for sale.
Apr 30, 2015

Here're the housing options #Richmond's consultant found for #Hacienda residents: a hotel, a commercial building revealnews.org/article/housin…

Apr 30, 2015

RT @skamath3: Housing consultant offers few viable options for evacuating Richmond, Calif., residents revealnews.org/article/housin… via @amyjharris @reveal

Apr 30, 2015

Richmond paid consultant $380k to find homes for evacuated residents. Most of its rec's are totally irrelevant. revealnews.org/article/housin…

Apr 30, 2015

RT @add: Richmond paid consultant $380k to find homes for evacuated residents. Most of its rec's are totally irrelevant. revealnews.org/article/housin…

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Megachurch helps California school board blur church-state divide

scpr.org — Bible verses, calls to accept Jesus and the promise of eternal life can be heard in two disparate places in a southeastern suburb of Los Angeles: the Calvary Chapel Chino Hills megachurch and the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education.

Megachurch helps California school board blur church-state divide

revealnews.org — Bible verses, calls to accept Jesus and the promise of eternal life can be heard in two disparate places in a southeastern suburb of Los Angeles: the Calvary Chapel Chino Hills megachurch and the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education.
Apr 29, 2015

RT @reveal: How a megachurch is helping one California school board blur the church-state divide: ow.ly/MfQIN pic.twitter.com/cKnRnYXm3l

Apr 29, 2015

It's illegal for #churches to endorse political candidates. But this LA megachurch has stacked the local school board revealnews.org/article/megach…

Apr 29, 2015

Do you think school boards should be allowed to pray before and during public meetings? revealnews.org/article/megach…

Apr 29, 2015

RT @amyjharris: It's illegal for #churches to endorse political candidates. But this LA megachurch has stacked the local school board revealnews.org/article/megach…

Apr 29, 2015

RT @amyjharris: It's illegal for #churches to endorse political candidates. But this LA megachurch has stacked the local school board revealnews.org/article/megach…

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Public housing residents say agency is doing little to relocate them

revealnews.org — RICHMOND, Calif. - Residents of Richmond's dilapidated Hacienda public housing complex have been waiting for years to move out of a building that many of them called the "Haci-hellhole." But with move-out dates looming, they are discovering that finding a new place in a tight rental market is its own kind of hell.
Apr 10, 2015

RT @add: Public housing residents in Richmond aren't getting much help in their housing search. revealnews.org/article/public… pic.twitter.com/Abzl72qTLJ

Apr 27, 2015

#Richmond promised to help 100 seniors/disabled residents find new housing. Instead, tenants say they're on their own revealnews.org/article/public…

Apr 27, 2015

#Richmond paid a consultant > $300k to help residents find new homes. But 0 people have moved out or found a new apt revealnews.org/article/public…

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Here’s one way churches are getting religion into public schools

revealnews.org — Fueled by worries of secular moral decay, a network of Christian groups is increasingly using a little-known legal loophole to get God into public schools. A new proposal in California that would allow high school students to receive academic credit for attending church classes during public school hours has attracted the interest of a Republican state senator.
Apr 01, 2015

A proposal in CA would let students get academic credit for taking Church Bible study revealnews.org/article/heres-…

Apr 01, 2015

Bible in public schools--not legal. Ditching class for Bible study across street during class time? Totally legal revealnews.org/article/heres-…

Apr 01, 2015

RT @reveal: A proposal in CA would allow students to receive academic credit for attending church classes: ow.ly/L3sYS pic.twitter.com/6sWHs7VfD2

Apr 01, 2015

RT @amyjharris: Bible in public schools--not legal. Ditching class for Bible study across street during class time? Totally legal revealnews.org/article/heres-…

Apr 02, 2015

The “best-kept secret” to slipping religion into public schools? revealnews.org/article/heres-… (It's easier than you might think.) by @amyjharris

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Mountain State students: 'Hell yes I'm angry'

wvgazette.com — BECKLEY -- Mountain State University students like Ryan Webb, a 28-year-old MSU senior formerly in the Navy, are living through an accreditation nightmare they never envisioned possible. "A veteran shouldn't have to go through this," said Webb. "It seems like everything I've tried to accomplish has fallen apart."
Feb 26, 2015

"We're just numbers to them. We're just lining their pockets."-- former Mountain State University student on admin wvgazette.com/News/201207100…

Mountain State University's accreditation revoked

wvgazette.com — BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Students and administrators at Mountain State University said Tuesday they were stunned after the Beckley-based school learned it was the first college in West Virginia history to have its primary accreditation revoked. "We were very surprised by this action and disappointed by this action," said Richard Sours, interim president of Mountain State.
Feb 26, 2015

Recap: Mountain State University was first college in #WV history to have its accreditation revoked wvgazette.com/News/201207100…

Feb 26, 2015

Mountain State U. students get $11.3 million payout after school closed for not providing solid education wvgazette.com/News/201207100…

FBI joins fraud investigation of Bay Area public housing agency

revealnews.org — RICHMOND, Calif. - A government probe into allegations of nepotism and fraud at the Richmond Housing Authority has expanded, with local police now joined by a team of FBI agents, federal housing investigators and county prosecutors. Capt.
Feb 19, 2015

RT @reveal: FBI joins fraud investigation of the Bay Area public housing agency at the center of our reporting. @amyjharris: ow.ly/JlqMo

Feb 19, 2015

RT @reveal: FBI joins fraud investigation of the Bay Area public housing agency at the center of our reporting. @amyjharris: ow.ly/JlqMo

Feb 19, 2015

RT @reveal: FBI joins fraud investigation of the Bay Area public housing agency at the center of our reporting. @amyjharris: ow.ly/JlqMo

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Neglected housing project to be emptied within 6 months, officials say

revealnews.org — RICHMOND, Calif. - City and federal officials gathered in the bare-bones recreation room of the city's worst public housing complex this afternoon to promise that residents will be out within six months and be able to move back into fully renovated apartments within two years.
Feb 06, 2015

#Hacienda folks will be moved out within 6 months, and can move into renovated building w/in 2 years #richmond revealnews.org/article/neglec…

Feb 06, 2015

RT @amyjharris: #Hacienda folks will be moved out within 6 months, and can move into renovated building w/in 2 years #richmond revealnews.org/article/neglec…

Feb 06, 2015

“Oh, honey, I’m ready. I’m so excited to get out of here.” revealnews.org/article/neglec… City officials finish what @amyjharris' reporting started.

Feb 09, 2015

RT @meghannCIR: Incredible work by @amyjharris. After her dogged reporting a neglected housing project will be emptied, upgraded: ow.ly/ILNwD

Feb 09, 2015

RT @meghannCIR: Incredible work by @amyjharris. After her dogged reporting a neglected housing project will be emptied, upgraded: ow.ly/ILNwD

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Jul 28, 2015

This guy. Minnesota dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe’s famed, human-loving Cecil the lion rawstory.com/2015/07/minnes…

Jul 28, 2015

Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church, via @nytimes nytimes.com/2015/07/28/us/…

Jul 27, 2015

You know it's gonna be a long ride when the air conditioning is off in #bart, there is a musical troupe and it is standing room only

Jul 27, 2015

Via @nprmusic: Josh Ritter's new album 'Sermon on the Rocks' tackles religion. n.pr/1OqlkWG

Jul 24, 2015

"Under Sharia law, Muslims are prohibited from paying interest on loans." Didn't know that. csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update…

Jul 24, 2015

Seattle mayor proposes sharia-compliant loans for Muslim homebuyers csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update…

Jul 23, 2015

Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California? Personal note: beauty's bagels in Oakland is amazing nytimes.com/2015/07/26/mag…

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