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Phoenix police announce reform package

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Police Response to People with Mental Illness
The Phoenix Police Department announced October 22 a series of new measures to improve police interactions with people with mental illness, in response to a wave of community outrage over the August 14…
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History Wednesday

Freak shows: A dehumanizing display

Yellow and red striped tents of a circus against a blue skyQuestion: True or False? Freak shows have gone extinct in the United States of America. Click on the headline above to see the answer to the question, and to learn more about "freak shows" in the United States.
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Washington Post: SSDI is the “the biggest backlog in the federal government”

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Huge SSDI Backlog
As part of its ongoing “Where Government Falls Apart” series, the Washington Post, on October 18, published an extensive expose of the bureaucratic challenges facing the Social Security Disability Insurance system. “In an obscure corner of the…
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New York’s no-gun list for people with mental illness expands dramatically

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No-Gun List Grows
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, New York State passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, requiring mental health professionals to report potentially dangerous patients for the purposes of creating a new database restricting…
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Social Security benefits to increase in 2015

Cost of Living Adjustment
The Social Security Administration announced October 22 that beneficiaries of the nation’s various social security programs will receive a 1.7 percent increase in benefits in the coming year. The increase is slightly more than the 1.5
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