Social Issues

Some folks call him a songwriter
11:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2008

Some folks call him a songwriter

Actor Billy Bob Thornton has always fancied himself a musician. He played in Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top cover bands back in his native Arkansas and finally got to release a handful of solo albums after he'd risen to fame onscreen in "Sling Blade" and "Monster's Ball."

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Cyd Charisse 1922-2008
11:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2008

Cyd Charisse 1922-2008

Actress Cyd Charisse died yesterday in Los Angeles. She's perhaps best remembered as Gene Kelly's sultry dance partner in "Singing in the Rain":

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But Charisse was equally memorable in such films "The Band Wagon," "Silk Stockings," and Nicholas Ray's noir "Party Girl":

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Make transracial adoption more effective
11:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2008

Make transracial adoption more effective

To take account of race or to not take account of race, that is the question -- or at least it is in transracial adoption.

The rates of transracial adoption have increased dramatically in the past decades, and research and the law are trying to keep up. From the social research perspective we've learned a few things. Historically, research on transracial adoption found no differences in outcomes for kids adopted across race compared to same-race families.

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Group renews efforts to urge poor women to get fre
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Group renews efforts to urge poor women to get free vaccinations against HPV

Health-care officials in Missouri are gearing up for a major campaign this summer to convince uninsured, low-income women to take advantage of free vaccinations to guard against human papillomavirus or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

A poster for prevention

Health-care foundation of greater Kansas City

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Retaliation at Illinois Cracker Barrel was discrim
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Retaliation at Illinois Cracker Barrel was discrimination, court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court broadened the legal protection of workers who face retaliation for complaining about discrimination at work. The court ruled that workers who complained about race and age discrimination were protected from reprisals, just as are those who complain about sex discrimination have been protected since a 2005 decision.

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Cracker Barrel Retaliation is Discrimination
11:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2008

Cracker Barrel Retaliation is Discrimination

What do you think?

- Is retaliation for complaining about discrimination the same as discrimination?

- Should the Supreme Court say that retaliation is covered by the law if the text of the statute doesn't say so explicitly?

- What about the male coach of the girls' softball team who suffered reprisals after complaining the girls didn't get the same resources as the boys' baseball team? 

Muslims Left Out -- The Beacon on KTRS
11:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2008

Muslims Left Out -- The Beacon on KTRS

Are we bringing everyone together?  


When candidates talk about uniting our country, they frequently mention blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians, Christians and Jews. They almost never mention the nation's 5 million Muslims. What's up with that? Dick Weiss and McGraw Milhaven discuss this on the McGraw Show on KTRS-550 AM.      

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Lower tax rates are more efficient than tax credit
11:00 pm
Sat May 3, 2008

Lower tax rates are more efficient than tax credits

Tax credits are a hot topic in the Missouri Legislature. Fans of these instruments assert that tax credits are necessary for Missouri to compete with other states and to signal that we are “open for business.” Such devotion to helping the state grow is admirable. Fans, however, are not experts and a careful review of the evidence and some basic economics helps us understand why these herculean efforts are misguided. When asked whether Missouri can stay open for business while avoiding the pitfalls of the tax credit, the answer is unambiguously yes.

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Death penalty: Moratorium is still needed
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Death penalty: Moratorium is still needed

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling rejecting the argument that lethal
injection is inhumane allowed some states to resume executions, but it
only addresses a small sliver of the controversy. Justice Stevens went
on record stating that the practice of capital punishment might very
well be unconstitutional.

 

about the author

Kira Hudson Banks, PhD, grew
up in Edwardsville and is assistant professor of psychology at Illinois
Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

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