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City tales | Uninsured workers find health care and more thanks to Good News
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

MIAMI- In the shadow of Miami's sprawling skyline, the famous Calle Ocho (8th Street) winds through the city's historic neighborhood of Little Havana, home to thousands of Cuban and Hispanic immigrants.

Middle-aged men in linen shirts roll cigars on thick tables in narrow storefronts. Old men in heavy sweaters hunch over chessboards and dominos in crowded Domino Park, smoking stogies and placing bets.

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United States Interagency Council on Homelessness


City tales | Philip Mangano isn't out to reduce homelessness, he's out to end it
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

SEATTLE- For nearly two decades, Philip Mangano dedicated himself to helping people on the streets the best way he knew how-shelters, soup kitchens, bread lines. He traces the call of compassion to Christian thinkers like St. Francis of Assisi and Simone Weil. But in recent years, now as executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), Mangano has adopted more innovative solutions and demanded quantifiable results for his efforts. He traces that calling to President George W. Bush.

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City tales | The government took and destroyed the homes of Fort Trumbull, but so far the only thing to go up in their place is weeds
by Alisa Harris
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

NEW LONDON, Conn.- Michael Cristofaro stood in a weed-flecked field here and pointed to a stretch of sand between two telephone poles: "The driveway used to go right in here." The driveway used to lead to a Victorian home where Cristofaro's mother cooked Italian dinners for her six children and a yard where Cristofaro's father grew grape vines for his homemade wine.

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