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September 18, 2013 / Christian Clansky

As the economy improves, poverty doesn’t

The job market improved last year, and “soaring corporate profits” have helped shift our economy from neutral into low gear. But those bits of progress are meaningless to most people. In 2012, the average household income remained flat. Far worse, poverty hasn’t fallen at all (NYT, 9/18):

The poverty rate held steady at about 15 percent in 2012, about 2.5 percentage points higher than before the recession began. Neither the number nor the proportion of people living in poverty changed from 2011 to 2012, the Census Bureau found.

The proportion of Americans living in poverty has either increased or held steady for 11 of the last 12 years.

MENTAL HEALTH | In the wake of the Navy Yard shooting, Tamara writes about the systemic failures of mental health care in the United States and says that funders can help fix the problem. (Daily, 9/18)

The Community Foundation has set up a fund for the victims and families of the attack. [More info.]

– This is tough to read, but The Atlantic has a thought provoking piece that predicts the details of the next mass shooting based on laws, circumstances, and historical data. (Atlantic, 9/18)

EDUCATION | The District’s charter school board has approved a new evaluation tool for pre-schools, which will include measuring student progress in math and literacy. (WaPo, 9/18) One can only assume that pre-natal testing will come next.

Related: Lifelines for Poor Children (NYT, 9/15)

HEALTH/FOOD | A new partnership between Tulane and Johnson & Wales universities is forging new ground on the road to a healthier America. Culinary arts students helping med school students learn about nutrition through hands-on cooking classes. It’s part of a push to help doctors “view food as medicine.” Our region seems like prime territory for a partnership like this. (NPR, 9/18)

LOCAL | Have you ever wondered what our region exports? Me neither, but here’s a profile of our exports by goods and services – and it’s not just hot air. (Brookings, 9/18)

ARTS | Major changes for the Helen Hayes Awards – they’ll be split into two tiers, which will result in as many as 47 awards. (CP, 9/18) “And the award for best yodeling in a production of The Sound of Music goes to….”

HOUSING | D.C. has the highest percentage of single-person households in the country, tied with Atlanta at 45 percent. (UT, 9/18)

It’s midway through the week, so it’s time to make sure your brain is still sharp enough for Thursday and Friday. If you have a few…well, twenty minutes during a break, try out this logic puzzle.

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