1. When the nurse wants to be called "Doctor"; The New York Times, October 1, 2011
Brief Introduction: Dr. McCarver calls herself a doctor because she returned to school to earn a doctorate last year, one of thousands of nurses doing the same recently. Doctorates are popping up all over the health professions, and the result is a quiet battle over not only the title “doctor,” but also the money, power and prestige that often comes with it.
2. Physicians sue Washington State for limiting emergency room visits; Global Post, October 2, 2011
Brief Introduction: The American College of Emergency Physicians is suing the state of Washington over its new policy of paying for only three non-emergency trips to the emergency room per year for low-income Medicaid patients.
3. Workers in construction, mines, food service more likely to smoke; Chicago Sun-Times, October 1, 2011
Brief Introduction: Construction workers, miners and food service workers top the list of occupations that smoke the most, according to a new government report. Experts say it might have as much to do with lower education levels as the jobs themselves.
1. Illegal students face obstacles even after college; The Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2011
Brief Introduction: When Rhode Island became the thirteenth state to allow in-state tuition for illegal immigrants at public colleges, supporters heralded the move as one that would give students the kind of advanced education they need to succeed in the work force.
But students who are not here legally may still face a major obstacle even with the benefit of a college degree: Many have no immediate pathway to legal status and, under current federal immigration law, employers cannot legally hire them.2. Once left behind, a single mom refuses to give up on her quest to read; Detroit Free Press, October 2, 2011
Brief Introduction: Thirty-eight-year-old Luvanis O'Neal kept her secret for more than 20 years by hiding in silence behind a sweet, demure smile. It was easier being quiet. Nobody asked questions of the shy girl.
1. Black population concentrated in South: Census; NBC Washington, October 1, 2011
Brief Introduction: The majority of the United State’s population that identifies itself as black or African American is concentrated in the southern states, according to a new report by the Census Bureau.
2. More Hispanics listed themselves as White on U.S. Census; The Beacon News, September 30, 2011
Brief Introduction: In a twist to notions of race identity, new 2010 census figures show an unexpected reason behind a renewed growth in the U.S. white population: more Hispanics listing themselves as white in the once-a-decade government count.