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Reforming Foster Care

Dec 08, 2003

 How much success has the city had in its effort to help thousands of foster families meet the daunting challenges of parenting other people’s abused and neglected children?


Unpatriotic Banking?

Dec 01, 2003

 Sung, a Chinese construction worker, was turned away by Abacus Federal Savings Bank’s Flushing branch when he tried to open an account with his passport and a photocopied


The 'Tina' Habit

Nov 17, 2003

  Crystal Methamphetamine, known in New York City as tina To an outsider it might seem as if things couldn't be better for the hundred or so men, mainly in their



Oct 27, 2003

 Like many New Yorkers, Maureen Alleyne could easily surround herself with nannies in New York, simply by walking into any bookstore or turning on her TV. In a bookstore, she would


Proposed Changes In Welfare Reform

Oct 24, 2003

 The federal welfare reform law of 1996 quietly expired on September 30, 2002, and has been repeatedly extended, most recently on September 30, 2003, for six months more. Major changes to the


The Marketing Of Culture

Oct 23, 2003

 In the past few months, New York City Ballet's new workout video made the number-one spot on Amazon.com, and they have followed it up with a second "Ballerina Barbie"


Welfare Reform

Jul 14, 2003

  Nicole Thomas, a 29-year-old mother of two, has been on and off welfare for years. With a tenth-grade education and a resume that includes jobs in fast food and