Cycle Of Poverty Hard To Break In Poorest U.S. City
In the middle of the night, most children are home in bed. But at the Second Street Learning Center in Reading, Pa., a half-dozen tiny bodies are curled up on green plastic floor mats, fast asleep. A Closer Look At Reading, Pa. With 41.3 percent of its residents living below the poverty line, Reading, Pa., is the poorest U.S. city with a population of 65,000 or more. Conversations are hushed. The lights are dim. At 1:30 a.m., day care worker Virginia Allen gently shakes two little sisters, snuggled under the same blanket, to tell them that their mother is there to pick them up. "Let's go. Mommy's here," she says, telling these children what they already know: It's time to get up, so they can go home for a little more sleep before they have to get up again and get ready for school.
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From The Arizona Republic
From The LA Times
The Los Angeles Times reports San Bernardino "became the third California city in less than a month to seek bankruptcy protection, with officials saying the financial situation had become so dire that it could not cover payroll through the summer."
From The Las Vegas Review Journal
One out of every five Nevada children lives in poverty, marking the highest youth poverty rate in the state's recent history, according to the newly released 2011 installment of an annual report that tracks the well-being of children. "It's not a surprising finding but a disappointing one," Stephen Brown, executive director of Nevada Kids Count, said Tuesday. The increase is a marked one from 2001, when one out of 10 children lived in poverty. The report charted improvements in other areas: the rates of teen births, infant mortalities, child deaths, teen deaths and high school dropouts all declined, according to the report, which is based on statistics obtained from numerous public agencies and state sources.