In the middle of the volatile fall of 2008, with foreclosures skyrocketing and companies failing and unemployment spiking and the stock market sinking, 80 rattled first-semester Harvard Law School students stood outside a classroom and watched the Dow plummet yet again. Then they stepped inside and took their seats for their contracts course with professor Elizabeth Warren. “And professor Warren’s like, ‘We’re actually not going to talk about contracts,’” former student Danielle D’Onfro told me. “‘We’re going to talk about what’s happening in the world.’”Story Continued Below Warren ditched the syllabus and instead gave a lecture on the cratering economy and its causes, encapsulating the collapse as she understood it. In interviews over the past couple weeks, her former students described it as “riveting” and “engaging” and “eye-opening.” “She basically proceeded to … [Read more...] about The 2008 Class That Explains Elizabeth Warren’s Style
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Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Updated 6:04 pm CST, Friday, March 8, 2019 In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, photo, from left to right, Tameeka Gwyn, a plumber; carpenter Nora Vega; Janna Rojas, an apprentice plumber; and Myrtle Wilson, a journeyman laborer, pose on their work site for a new hi-rise, in New York. Some construction sites across the country are looking different nowadays due to a growing number of women on the job. less In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, photo, from left to right, Tameeka Gwyn, a plumber; carpenter Nora Vega; Janna Rojas, an apprentice plumber; and Myrtle Wilson, a journeyman laborer, pose on their work site for ... more Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, … [Read more...] about More women work in construction that’s still a man’s world
Erin Griffith, New York Times 10:10 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Rapid growth Rapid growth Photo: WeWork Photo: WeWork Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 Rapid growth Rapid growth Photo: WeWork Why are young people pretending to love work? 1 / 22 Back to Gallery Never once at the start of my workweek — not in my morning coffee shop line, not in my crowded subway commute, not as I begin my bottomless inbox slog — have I paused, looked to the heavens and whispered: #ThankGodIt’sMonday. Apparently, that makes me a traitor to my generation. I learned this during a series of recent visits to WeWork locations in New York, where the throw pillows implore … [Read more...] about Why are young people pretending to love work?
Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 3:22 PM EST Jan 22, 2019 Detroit — Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday the city is putting together a proposal it hopes to release in the coming months to fund universal preschool as it looks to invigorate its outer neighborhoods. "We can fix all the houses we want and incentivize all the businesses we want," Duggan said at a Detroit Economic Club meeting. "But if our children aren't learning in the schools, this city is going to be terribly hampered." As new buildings rise and old ones get new life in Detroit's downtown, Midtown and Corktown, many have left wondering when that revitalization is coming to the city's outer neighborhoods. Efforts already are being made through initiatives such as the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, Duggan said. Before the end of the year, the fund is looking to raise more than $100 million from corporate and philanthropic partners to help spur additional investment and physical change in 10 neighborhood … [Read more...] about Duggan: Universal preschool needed for Detroit neighborhood growth
BRITS on Universal Credit will spiral into more debt when switching over to the new benefits system, MPs have warned. The powerful Work and Pensions Committee warned today that the 'advance payments' offered to keep claimants going unto their first payment were not working. MPs said the DWP were leaving claimants "swimming against a tide of unmanageable repayments" which "pile debt upon debt, trapping people in a downward spiral of debt and hardship". Brits going onto the new system have to currently wait five weeks before their first payment comes through - though Amber Rudd has hinted she could cut that. However, the DWP say that advance payments are on offer for anyone who can't wait that long without cash, but that slashes payments for the rest of the year as a result as the claimant has to pay it back. Committee boss Frank Field said it was "irresponsible" for the Government to say the advance payments are "not a loan" as they push Brits into taking on more debt from the very … [Read more...] about Universal Credit’s five-week wait pushing Brits into spiralling debts from the start, MPs warn