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July 10, 2013 / Christian Clansky

D.C. Council and Walmart face off over minimum wage bill

LOCAL | We haven’t had a good game of chicken since sequestration happened! Fortunately, Walmart and the D.C. Council are filling the void. The retailer has said that at least three of its planned stores will be canceled if the “super-minimum-wage” law is passed. (WaPo, 7/10)

In the City Paper, Aaron Wiener writes about what Walmart’s strategy could mean. In short (CP, 7/10):

1. This might be a bluff.
2. If Walmart follows through on its threat, it’s a loss for the District.
3. Maybe Walmart didn’t really want these stores anyway.

On the subject of playing chicken, the cliff scene in Rebel Without a Cause is kind of funny. Does Sal Mineo really think that crossing his fingers really tightly will help? And why does the other driver wait a few seconds after going of the cliff to scream? Maybe his delayed timing was the real cause of his demise.

SOCIAL MEDIA | In her latest column, WRAG President Tamara Copeland considers the stark contrast between social media reactions to the recent Supreme Court decisions. (Daily, 7/10)

COMMUNITY | We love it when our members join forces! The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has announced that Lynn Tadlock, executive director of the Claude Moore Charitable Trust and a WRAG board member, will be the new chair of its board of directors. Congratulations, Lynn!

HEALTH
– Mental health issues are always tough to confront. But in the African American community, the added complexity of racial distrust has obstructed many people from seeking the care that they need. For example, one woman recalls being scared away from the anti-depressants she was prescribed:

“They said: ‘That’s going to make you crazy. You’ve just got to pray and have faith,’ ” recalled Dyson, who is African American and the daughter of a Baptist minister. “They said, ‘That’s the way of the white man, poisoning you.’ ”

The landscape seems to be finally shifting, however, and the Washington Post takes a detailed look at some of the factors that seem to be contributing to the change. (WaPo, 7/10)

- Social determinants of health and healthcare access are frequently seen as two divergent approaches to achieving health equity. But perhaps it’s not an either/or proposition. The Consumer Health Foundation’s Yanique Redwood and the Connecticut Health Foundation’s Elizabeth Krause opened a dialogue on the perspective divide. Here’s what they discussed. (CHF, 7/9)

NONPROFITS | Opinion: Share Our Strength’s Bill Shore does not like to hear the excuse that nonprofits can’t make important investments because they “just don’t have the money.” It’s a fib, he says, and the truth is that nonprofit leaders just don’t want to use the money that they do have. (Chronicle, 7/10)


Russia’s got a cool idea for powering hard-to-reach areas: a floating nuclear power plant. What’s even cooler is that the ship can be switched to a desalination plant!

Also cool are these tips for tricking your brain into thinking that the day is longer.

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