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Chicago’s Twin Maladies: Youth Violence and Unemployment

Many have come to view the rampant violence in low-income neighborhoods as a consequence of the city’s failure to invest in those who live there. There aren’t enough jobs, and the young people vying for them are unprepared because of gaps in schooling and upbringing. One advocate says violence and youth joblessness are “tragically intertwined.”

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Fear Of Drug Violence On U.S.-Mexico Border After Guzman’s Capture

With Mexico beginning the process of extraditing Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the U.S., how will the notorious drug kingpin’s recapture impact the region’s drug trade? After Guzman was recaptured last Friday, his fate, and the drug empire controlled by his Sinaloa cartel, hangs in the balance, Shannon O'Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America Studies and the director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, tells the Texas Tribune. “Whenever we've seen […]

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Young Immigrants: 'Targets of Violence'

Jennifer, a junior at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Md., says that despite her school's rainbow of races and ethnicities, there's one barrier that has had troubling consequences. “There's the Americanized kids, whether they're Hispanics, or blacks or white, and then there's the newly arrived kids from Central America,” she says. The Central American students, many of whom arrived illegally and alone in the United States after fleeing gangs in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, […]

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Baltimore Violence Continues At Torrid Pace As Residents Settle Scores

With 294 homicides, Baltimore likely will surpass 300 homicides this year for the first time since 1999. At the end of October, homicides were up 55 percent citywide year over year, and nonfatal shootings were up 76 percent, says the Baltimore Sun. “There is an idea somewhere out on the street that this amount of violence is perhaps an ideal or opportune time for someone with a score to settle to take advantage of this time and settle that score,” […]