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Rebuilding Detroit: The battle against illiteracy takes a blow

Six out of 23 public libraries are slated to close.

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Queens mechanic holds workshops for women

Mechanic Audra Fordin of Flushing, Queens, teaches other women the essentials of auto repair.

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New legislation targets crisis pregnancy centers

EMC and other pregnancy services centers like it have become the focus of a controversial piece of legislation passed March 2 by the New York City Council.

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Women protest wage gap, Wal-Mart a target

The U.S. Supreme Court will determine in March whether or not 1.6 million women will be able to sue Wal-Mart. Women workers claim they were systematically paid less and overlooked for promotions.

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NYC Cold: Bad weather means bad business for food vendors

“When it’s cold and snowing, nobody comes to Central Park,” a food vendor said

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Philadelphia Life: Veterans court gives a second chance to vets

The court offers treatments that cater to troubled veterans.

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Big business in Little Italy

Ferrara, a Little Italy espresso bar, has remained a constant in an ever-changing neighborhood.

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NYC Marathon: Waiting for their runners

This year, 150 racers participated on behalf of Get Kids Going, a British charity that provides sports wheelchairs and personal training to disabled children.