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    Daily Digest 4/19 – Good News Friday: Teaching Yoga at 100, Is Prison Necessary?

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, April 19, 2019, 6:45 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. It’s Working. (jdargis)

“Part of why we did this is we felt very strongly that you couldn’t improve just one school,” said Kristen Berger, who helped create the plan for Manhattan’s District 3, which includes the Upper West Side and Harlem. “That’s not very useful. It’s really a system. We really wanted to see movement at high- and low-demand schools.”

At 100, Tao Porchon-Lynch still teaches yoga (Adam)

A 100-year-old yoga instructor has no plans to stop practicing and teaching. Tao Porchon-Lynch first encountered the ancient practice at age 7 on a beach in India.

Bank Of America Raising Its Minimum Wage To $20 An Hour (Jen H.)

This latest move comes at a time when employers of all sizes are having to compete harder to fill open positions.

“Banks in particular, they’re compelled to raise wages somewhat to recruit staff. So this is something they would be doing anyway, because there’s a tighter labor market and that’s what happens,” says Ben Zipperer, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

House votes to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, closing ‘boyfriend loophole’ (Jen H.)

Current law forbids firearm purchases for spouses or formerly married partners convicted of abuse or under a restraining order, but VAWA’s new language expands that restriction to include dating partners who were never legally married, eliminating the so-called boyfriend loophole.

Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle (Jen H.)

Maria wants other people in a similar situation to know “there is hope and there is light at the end of the tunnel.” And for people who can’t imagine what it’s like to experience homelessness, she asks for just one thing: compassion. “It’s hard. Sometimes we get people that look at us like we’re nothing. But we’re something.”

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind (tmn)

“I get where you’re coming from,” she said. “But how about this: Instead of asking whether anyone should be locked up or go free, why don’t we think about why we solve problems by repeating the kind of behavior that brought us the problem in the first place?” She was asking them to consider why, as a society, we would choose to model cruelty and vengeance.

Researchers find first molecule ever formed in our universe (jdargis)

“This molecule was lurking out there, but we needed the right instruments making observations in the right position – and SOFIA was able to do that perfectly,” said Harold Yorke, director of the SOFIA Science Center, in a statement.

We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion. (RS)

It is the idea that wild lands and waters are best conserved not in private hands, locked behind gates, but as public national parks, wildlife refuges and marine reserves, forever open for everyone to experience and explore. The notion of holding these places in public trust was one I became deeply influenced by as a young man, when I first climbed and hiked on public lands in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders (jdargis)

DNA reveals that Neolithic Britons were largely descended from groups who took the Mediterranean route, either hugging the coast or hopping from island-to-island on boats. Some British groups had a minor amount of ancestry from groups that followed the Danube route.

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