Jessica Bell

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Rebuilding Detroit: The battle against illiteracy takes a blow

Six out of 23 public libraries are slated to close.


Queens mechanic holds workshops for women

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


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.


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.


Big business in Little Italy

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


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.