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As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

Meghen Yeadon, a recruiter for Stoughton, found part of the solution: a Wisconsin Department of Corrections work-release program for minimum-security inmates.Continue reading the main storyWork-release programs have often been criticized for exploiting inmates by forcing them to work grueling jobs for pay that is often well below minimum wage. But the Wisconsin program is voluntary, and inmates are paid market wages. State officials say the program gives inmates a chance to build up some savings, learn vocational skills and prepare for life after prison.Ms. Yeadon initially encountered skepticism from supervisors […]

As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

Meghen Yeadon, a recruiter for Stoughton, found part of the solution: a Wisconsin Department of Corrections work-release program for minimum-security inmates.Continue reading the main storyWork-release programs have often been criticized for exploiting inmates by forcing them to work grueling jobs for pay that is often well below minimum wage. But the Wisconsin program is voluntary, and inmates are paid market wages. State officials say the program gives inmates a chance to build up some savings, learn vocational skills and prepare for life after prison.Ms. Yeadon initially encountered skepticism from supervisors […]

Senator Insists Trump Used ‘Vile and Racist’ Language

SubscribeLog In SubscribeLog InAdvertisementPoliticsA Senior Republican Senator Admonishes Trump: ‘American is an Idea, Not a Race’VideoAfter President Trump vaguely denied using objectionable language to describe African and Caribbean nations, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, relayed his account of the events.Published OnJan. 12, 2018CreditImage by Erin Schaff for The New York TimesBy Julie Hirschfeld Davis Jan. 12, 2018WASHINGTON — It was just after President Trump had finished railing in the Oval Office against African immigrants he said came from “shithole countries” when a senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who was there to negotiate a deal on immigration, spoke up.“America is an idea, not a race,” Mr. Graham said, according to three people familiar with the exchange on Thursday. Diversity was a strength, he said, not a weakness. And by the way, the senator added, he himself was a descendant of immigrants who came to the United States from “shithole countries with no skills.”Mr. Trump’s racially charged comments in front of several lawmakers, which also extended to immigrants from Haiti — followed by a day in which members of Congress denounced the president, defended him or stayed silent — now threaten what had been an emerging agreement to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.Several people with knowledge of the conversation said the president had also demanded to know whether Haitian immigrants could be removed. The White House has not disputed the account of the exchange.The collapse of negotiations on an immigration deal would raise the risk of a government shutdown next week, given that many Democrats have said an immigration deal must be included in any measure to continue funding past a Jan. 19 deadline.To try to recover the political narrative, the president took to Twitter on Friday with a vague denial, saying his remarks at the meeting were “tough, but this was not the language used.”But Senator Richard J. […]

East Africa doesn’t want your used clothes

Used clothing donations are more of a hindrance than a help, in the eyes of the East African Community. We need to listen to what they’re saying. […]

Trump, Rejecting Calls to Stay Away, Speaks at Civil Rights Museum

Paired with a second museum that aims to document the state’s overall history, the civil rights museum has drawn praise from the movement’s veterans as an honest depiction of Mississippi’s past.Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy, was lynched in 1955 by a white mob in Money, Miss. And one of the most infamous episodes of the civil rights era took place in Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights activists — Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman — were killed while trying to register voters in the summer of 1964.Those who made a point of skipping the president’s speech — including John Lewis, the civil rights leader and Democratic congressman from Georgia — cited his equivocal remarks after the summer’s racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Va., and described Mr […]

New York Today: New York Today: Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?

Weather.init(); }()); Bundle up. (We’re talking to you, not your pet.) It may feel as cold as 33 degrees as you head out for the day, with wind chill, though we’ll have sunshine and temperatures in the 40s later on. Continue reading the main story And tomorrow, a chance of snow. In the News • The largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere opens this week in Jersey City. [New York Times] Photo The planetarium was originally an Imax dome theater. […]

Europe Edition: Robert Mugabe, Angela Merkel, Syria: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Associated Press • A crowded mosque in Nigeria was attacked by a suicide bomber. A police official said at least 50 people had been killed. [The New York Times] • Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon has returned home. He did not answer questions about his mysterious two-week absence from Lebanon or whether he will make official the resignation he announced in Saudi Arabia. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed more than 100 people identified by the Pentagon as Shabab militants. [The New York Times] • Russia confirmed that it had detected a radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant. But it rejected suggestions that it was the source of a radioactive cloud that had hovered over Europe recently […]