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US jobless claims down 24,000 to 400,000 as economy recovers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits slid last week, another sign that the job market continues to recover rapidly from the coronavirus recession.
Jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 400,000 last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
The weekly applications have fallen mor ... (full story)


US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level.
The recent report from the Commer ... (full story)


A long-term focus

Q: What's the "Long-Term Stock Exchange"? -- P.W., Norwich, Connecticut
A: Launched last year, the Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) aims to differentiate itself from more mainstream exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq by its focus on long-term performance. Companies on traditional exchanges are ... (full story)


Local


Bob Moses played critical role in civil rights organizing for Black students

(THE CONVERSATION) As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s, Bob Moses traveled to the most dangerous parts of Mississippi to help African Americans end segregation and secure the right to vote. But it would be tutoring students in math 20 years later at his daughter's racially mixed middle ... (full story)


Why Ben & Jerry stopped selling ice cream in the West Bank rattled Israel

(THE CONVERSATION) In 2018, I was living in Israel while researching a book about the country's fight against groups that challenge its legitimacy.
Every Wednesday, a new batch of Ben & Jerry's ice cream arrived at my local supermarket, and I would snap up as many tubs of vanilla as I could. By Thursday, there'd be none lef ... (full story)


State


New chief faces possible DOJ probe, community distrust

New chief faces possible DOJ probe, community distrust

COLUMBUS (AP) — The new Columbus police chief is no stranger to federal oversight. In Elaine Bryant's last job as deputy chief of Detroit police, the department was under a consent decree for more than a dozen years — the majority of her career.
So as the first Black woman to hold the post in Ohio's capital city awa ... (full story)


State lawmakers work to strip old 'whites only' covenants

State lawmakers work to strip old 'whites only' covenants

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected.
Tucked in a list of rules on the home's original deed from the developer was a provision that said: "No persons of any race ... (full story)