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11:25am

Tue July 19, 2011
Economy

Hopeful Applicants Settle For Spare Job Openings

According to the latest jobs report in June, 14 million Americans are still out of work.
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Check the want ads in just about any city or town in the U.S. and you'll find the words, "Help Wanted." The economy added only a few thousand jobs in June according to the latest jobs report, and 14 million Americans remain out of work.

But, there are jobs in Allentown, Penn. The town used to depend on steel and heavy manufacturing. Those jobs are largely gone, but Allentown has become an important distribution point for goods passing through on their way to New York and Philadelphia. And there are open positions — especially if you can drive a forklift.

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11:04am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Think You're A 'Budget Hero?' There's A Game For That

American Public Media

As talks continue in Washington about how to cut the budget, reduce expected federal deficits and start shrinking the federal debt, our friends at American Public Media's Marketplace have put together Budget Hero — an interactive game "that encourages players to think through the complexities and challenges of the federal budget."

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10:42am

Tue July 19, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Shhh...Secretly Sick Dicatators

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Chris Clemans, Max Schulman and Margy Slattery are interns for The New Republic.

Recent events got The New Republic thinking about all the rumors of dictators' bad health and those heads of state whose well-being has generated rumor, uncertainty and controversy.

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10:31am

Tue July 19, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Health Clinics At Schools Get A Funding Boost

Growing pains aren't just physical maladies. At least 20 percent of children need mental health services, but often they fall through the cracks at schools, which are often poorly equipped to give them the help they need.

Schools that have health centers on site are the exception. Three-quarters of these clinics provide not only primary care but mental health services as well. Many also provide dental care.

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9:54am

Tue July 19, 2011
All Tech Considered

Game Your Facebook Status: The 'Via' Spoof And Your Gullible Friends

NPR

Facebook status updates have been blamed for both break-ins and break-ups. And the "via" feature — which shows the source (device and/or service) of the status update — comes across as both an invasion of privacy and free advertising.

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