• Local Site Based on Small Jobs Has Big Ambitions
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    Employers can see what your previous co-workers think of your skills on LinkedIn. Dates can scope you out on Facebook and Twitter before they ever meet you. Even your Uber driver can see whether you were a jerk to other Uber drivers. Social media and online tools have made your reputation more prevalent and important than ever. HelpAroundTown.com, a for-profit Lexington-based company, is

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  • We’ve got jobs: Kent County and West Michigan set a gait in latest jobless …
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    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kent County and West Michigan led the state in November with the lowest unemployment rates and labor force growth, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Unemployment fell to 3.5 percent in Kent County – tied with Washtenaw County for the lowest in the state. Kent County’s jobless rate was 4.0 percent in October, also the lowest in

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  • Ranking a 5 open NFL coaching jobs
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    The Jets have one of five NFL head-coaching vacancies. If they are battling one of the other franchises with an opening for the same candidate, would the Jets win that battle, would that candidate pick the Jets? Of course, money talks, but here’s a ranking of all the openings: 1. Falcons Pluses of the job: This is the best quarterback situation you are going to find with Matt Ryan in

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  • Booker to Baraka: 5 stories that made Newark politics in 2014
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    NEWARK — From the alleged corruption at the Newark Watershed to the rough-and-tumble retail politics of the municipal election, Newark political junkies had their fill of stories to follow in 2014. We've compiled a list of five events whose impact on city politics will last long after New Year's eve. 1. Baraka wins mayoral race. It's obvious but, Ras Baraka's ascension into the mayor's office

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  • Steve Scalise distances himself from racially charged politics of a Deep South
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    Steve Scalise was a budding Louisiana state lawmaker eager to ascend the Republican ranks when he quickly accepted an offer to address a white-supremacist organization 12 years ago. The invitation came from a neighbor in his New Orleans suburb who was the longtime political strategist for former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, and it gave Scalise the chance to appear before a politically

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  • Our New Politics of Torture
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    DigitalGlobe/ScapeWare3d/Getty Images Satellite imagery of “the Salt Pit,” codename for a clandestine CIA prison and interrogation center north of Kabul, Afghanistan, December 11, 2014 New York Review contributor Mark Danner has been writing about the use of torture by the US government since the first years after September 11. Following the release this month of the Senate’s

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  • Greece to Markets: It’s a Politics, Stupid.
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    By Michael J. Casey CONNECT Alexis Tsipras Reuters Once again, Greek politics are unsettling the markets. This déjà vu experience matters not because it means the euro is irreparably on a path toward breakup but because it reminds investors that such a risk exists. Contrary to the upbeat trading in eurozone bonds over the past year, the region has not resolved the

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  • The piece and politics of Obamacare, in one citizen
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    There’s a journalistic trope that has become so common over the past couple of decades that you probably don’t notice it anymore, or just assume that it’s how news stories have always been written. It’s what media scholars call the “exemplar” — an individual person whose story is used as a vehicle to explain the effects of a policy or an event. There’s always a danger that this

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