January 22, 2018
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July 1, 2018 is the day when San Francisco’s new US$15 minimum wage comes into effect. Workers and civil rights groups have already applauded this decision, which will benefit directly low skill workers: retailers, landscapers, fast food employers, etc. As many as 86,000 workers, most of whom were women and minorities, would benefit according to estimates. San Francisco is not the only major U.S. city increasing minimum wages. New York City, Seattle and Los Angeles have also approved increases of up to US$15 by 2020. All these measures, an effort to reduce income inequality. 

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January 16, 2018
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By the end of the 1920s three big U.S. companies dominated the car industry: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. All of them were based in Detroit, which soon was nicknamed Motor City. By 1950, the U.S. produced three quarters of all cars in the world. And as vehicles became ubiquitous, gasoline consumption increased, pollution ensued…and violent crimes rose. In the 1950s, violent crime increased sharply and continued doing so until the early 1990s when it reached its peak. It was not until 1996 that scientists won their cause and crime rates began to decrease the following years:...