The Gun Report: November 15, 2013 – NYTimes.com

6-year-old Jamerica Ragsdale, who was shot in her grandmother’s mobile home in Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, died of her injuries Thursday. A 16-year-old had been handling a .22 caliber pistol when it discharged, sending a bullet through the wall and into the little girl’s head. “Yeah it was an accident,” said Nikia Ragsdale, Jamerica’s uncle. “But he shouldn’t been playing with guns.”

via The Gun Report: November 15, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

AmeriCorps Alums Is Bringing Together Clinton & Bush, And You’re Invited!

A Lifetime Of Service

In the interest of public service, Clinton and Bush are joining forces yet again……sort of!  In November and December, AmeriCorps Alums is bringing together the Clinton School of Public Service and the Bush School of Government and Public Service to host three continuing education series events.  Both schools offer matches to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, and they are co-hosting events in Des Moines, Dallas, and Little Rock to highlight their respective programs, as well as their commitment to AmeriCorps and public service.  The events will also feature broader panel discussions around “Careers In Public Service” with panelists composed of AmeriCorps alumni who are employed in the government or public service locally and will eagerly share valuable insights from their careers.

These events are open to Alums and current AmeriCorps members.   Both the Bush and Clinton Schools have a high opinion of AmeriCorps Alums as students…

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Opinion: Does the United States even care about Puerto Rico?

The sad truth? Not so much. Should the US mainland care more? Of course! But ¾’s of the world’s nations seem to all be focused on the inside and Puerto Rico is still thought by many as “and,” not as “us.” Read on and think about it – people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake.

Repeating Islands

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An opinion piece by Julio Ricardo Varela for NBCLatino.

A year has passed since Puerto Ricans on the island voted (yet again) in a non-binding plebiscite to determine where they stand on the issue of self-determine and political status. Like a Facebook relationship status, the conclusions from the November 6, 2012 vote were “complicated.”

Did a majority of Puerto Ricans reject its current territorial status with the United States? Yes.

Did these same Puerto Ricans also vote for statehood? Yes and no.

Yes, because those who did vote in the second part of the ballot chose statehood over the other two options: sovereign free association and independence. No, because commonwealth supporters were urged by their party to leave the second part of the ballot blank. Problem is, voting blank wasn’t an option, so who knows what blank votes represent?

One year later, nothing has happened.

Sure, the White House has

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Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Crunch Pak Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantities of Crunch Pak Brand Apple Slices Because of Possible Health Risk

Nothing safe or sacred any longer – why would you want to buy sliced apples – how hard is it to slice yourself?

Crunch Pak® of Cashmere, Washington is voluntarily recalling 5,471 cases of Crunch Pak® Apple Slices due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Crunch Pak Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantities of Crunch Pak Brand Apple Slices Because of Possible Health Risk.

Over the rainbow: what is it like to be gay around the world? | World news | The Guardian

Russia introduces an anti-gay law, while Britain makes marriage legal. So what\’s it like to be gay around the world in 2013? Men and women from Afghanistan to Uruguay talk about love, the law and coming out to your mum. Roll over the portraits below to see where the interviewees are from, and click to read their stories

In an introduction to this special report, Masha Gessen explains why she and her family have to leave Russia

via Over the rainbow: what is it like to be gay around the world? | World news | The Guardian.