Poverty
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Creating beauty

Poverty | There's no shame in shopping but New York's fashion world can't run from recession either
by Alisa Harris
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Some 7.2 percent of New Yorkers may be out of work, but New York City still feverishly celebrated Fashion Week this February-just as it does twice a year, every year. As usual, white tents filled Bryant Park with high-heeled fashionistas stalking haute couture. This year, they drank "McCafe"-a glammed-up version of McDonald's coffee-around a massive centerpiece of 5-foot-tall pink letters, inset with hundreds of Barbie dolls spelling the word BARBIE.

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Show me the money

Poverty | Very little of the thousands spent per pupil in New York City actually makes it to the classroom
by Alisa Harris
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Kay, a New York City public-school teacher, and her six disabled students get one box of Kleenex every two months. In a state that is running a deficit to spend $14,884 to educate each pupil, Kay's school still has to ration paper towels, cleaning wipes, and soap. "I have some broken crayons, lots of construction paper, and they give out glue and markers," Kay said. "But that's about the extent of it."

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Rockefeller in 1884

A habit of thrift

Poverty | John D.
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Historians, like reporters, enjoy unusual stories, so the tale of a lavish late-19th-century party with dogs dressed in tuxedos is familiar to many. Stories also get around of parties where guests drained hundreds of cases of champagne and hundreds of gallons of terrapin soup. Some among the rich were like Mrs. Leland Stanford, wife of a multimillionaire senator, who wore $250,000 in gems when she went out, kept 60 different diamond rings, and served tea from a pot of solid gold.

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