A Chinese employee works in a textile firm in the Macrolotto area in Prato, the biggest textile district in Europe, in 2005. The town has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe — many of whom are not legal.
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Teacher Rohya Prudhomme has gotten a pink slip from the Los Angeles school district. Despite good reviews, Prudhomme is one of many teachers who regularly receives layoff notices, making it hard to plan for the future.
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For many teachers, job uncertainty is one of the biggest downsides of their profession.
Recent estimates from the American Association of School Administrators show that about a quarter-million educators could face layoffs in the coming year as states cut education spending in an effort to balance their budgets. That has left many teachers wondering where their next paycheck will come from.
Two of those teachers facing uncertainty are in Los Angeles, where as many as 1,600 teachers and staff may lose their jobs this summer.
The Chinatown in Lagos, Nigeria, was built in 2004. It's home to more than 100 shops that sell everything from ceramic coffee cups to Hannah Montana backpacks.
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This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more. In this installment, a tale of two Chinatowns in very different circumstances — one in Nigeria and the other in the Italian town of Prato.
Now, in the heart of the baseball season, a time of NBA and NHL championships, another fabulous Nadal-Federer final, the start of golf's U.S. Open, the lockouts — continued and impending — in the NFL and the NBA, one name in sport still stands above the rest: ESPN.
Of course, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports always bestrides the athletic world like a colossus, but in the astrology of sport, this June has even more so been under the sign of the behemoth.
Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson tells Melissa Block about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision allowing a controversial law — which curbs public employee union bargaining rights — to go into effect.
House Speaker John Boehner wrote to President Obama on Tuesday demanding to know on what grounds the president ordered the U.S. intervention in Libya.
Boehner's letter focused more on how Obama went about committing U.S. military assets in Libya and less on whether such military action was justified. He noted that under the War Powers Resolution, a president has 60 days to seek formal authorization from Congress after engaging in a conflict.
It may be months before Republican voters actually get the chance to determine who their nominee to be.
But President Obama's re-election team can't wait that long to get their opposition research team going; they've already winnowed the Republican field down to the three GOP candidates they most fear, according to Sam Youngman of The Hill. An excerpt:
U.S. Postal Service cycling team leader Lance Armstrong (L) of the United States and Tyler Hamilton ride during the second stage of the 73nd Criterium International cycling race.
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Over the weekend, Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, one-time cycling teammates, had a confrontation at a Colorado restaurant. Now, the AP reports, the FBI has asked the restaurant to hand over surveillance tape.
The AP calls it a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker: Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overruled a lower court and said that the controversial union rights law can go into effect.
The AP reports:
Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.