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Off the grid: A flood of federal aid often fails to reach America’s poorest families

Off the grid: A flood of federal aid often fails to reach America’s poorest families

PEORIA, Ill. — In early March, with the weather warming and her day of reckoning with the power company fast approaching, Shawna Brewer slid her bill from the envelope and tried not to cry. She owed $4,242.44.It was the beginning of another month for Shawna, 38, in which her main goal was survival.Like millions of Americans, she was not just poor, she was poor in ways that often rendered her unaccounted for by many of the government aid programs and charitable groups that could offer help. Her blighted Zip code had become the sort of place where hundreds of families could lose their...

Apr 15
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A mentally ill man, a heavily armed teenager and the night Kenosha burned

A mentally ill man, a heavily armed teenager and the night Kenosha burned

National Cast by conservatives as a battle between antifa agitators and a right-wing ‘patriot,’ this summer’s deadliest protest-related incident was not quite what it seemed Cast by conservatives as a battle between antifa agitators and a right-wing ‘patriot,’ this summer’s deadliest protest-related incident was not quite what it seemed The used-car lot where Joseph Rosenbaum was fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse. By KENOSHA, Wis. — Anti-police-brutality demonstrators were converging on Kenosha from all over Wisconsin for a second night of marches. An armed right-wing group had put out a...

October 3, 2020
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A pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future

A pandemic, a motel without power and a potentially terrifying glimpse of Orlando’s future

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Rose Jusino was waking up after working the graveyard shift at Taco Bell when a friend knocked on her door at the Star Motel. The electric company trucks were back. The workers were about to shut off the power again.The 17-year-old slammed her door and cranked the air conditioning as high as it would go, hoping that a final blast of cold air might make the 95-degree day more bearable. She then headed outside to the motel’s overgrown courtyard, a route that took her past piles of maggot-infested food that had been handed out by do-gooders and tossed aside by the motel’s...

September 10, 2020
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