What’s shocking is how little has changed, as lconaway points out. Except there are more kids living like this now.
It is right and good to drop everything and read “The Invisible Child,” about a homeless girl in New York City.
She likes being small because “I can slip through things.” In the blur of her city’s crowded streets, she is just another face. What people do not see is a homeless girl whose…
For many residents, living in a more affluent city hasn’t meant living in a better city. Being the next hipster haven, after all, doesn’t matter much when you’re just trying to survive being Oakland.
Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement—the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
MR. SPEAKES: What’s AIDS?
Q: Over a third of them have died. It’s known as “gay plague.” (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean it’s a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
MR. SPEAKES: I don’t have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
Q: No, I don’t.
MR. SPEAKES: You didn’t answer my question.
Q: Well, I just wondered, does the President—
MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I don’t know anything about it, Lester.
Q: Does the President, does anybody in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
MR. SPEAKES: I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s been any—
Q: Nobody knows?
MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keeping—
MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and he’s had no—(laughter)—no patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
Q: The President doesn’t have gay plague, is that what you’re saying or what?
MR. SPEAKES: No, I didn’t say that.
Q: Didn’t say that?
MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didn’t you stay there? (Laughter.)
Q: Because I love you, Larry, that’s why. (Laughter.)
MR. SPEAKES: Oh, I see. Just don’t put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
Q: Oh, I retract that.
MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
Q: It’s too late.
The parents of a 3-year-old killed while crossing the street speak out.
Lately I’ve been reading a history of early attempts to establish colonies in North America. “The Barbarous Years,” by Bernard Bailyn, is long and rich and every drop as bloody as its title suggests. This might sound obscure, but the section on real estate in 17th century New England is just…
The beautiful pictures of my friend Shoshannah White, with a little poem from me.
A ground-breaking new report finds that air pollution – not any one contaminant – is the “leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”
And yet we have to keep breathing.