Poverty

Teaching 'Yankees' how to love

Poverty
by Russ Pulliam
Posted 7/12/12, 05:44 pm

When Lucious Newsom died in 2008, his Indianapolis vision seemed destined to die with him.

Newsom, a friend of governors and mayors, fed the hungry from the pockets of his bib overalls, giving the last 25 years of his 93 years on earth to help poor people in the state capital of Indiana.

He was a walking example of the biblical character of Job: "I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy and investigated the cause which I did not know."

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Breaking the cultural barriers to college

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by Russ Pulliam
Posted 6/21/12, 02:51 pm

The first in her family to go to college, Jaye Fenderson wanted to help others break through that barrier. But instead of churning out just another research paper about the benefits of a college education, Fenderson decided that a documentary would be a good medium to get the message across.

The result is First Generation, a film she and her husband, Adam, have been introducing across the country, including a recent showing here in Indianapolis.

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Homeless hotspots in Austin

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by Whitney Williams
Posted 3/13/12, 06:53 pm

A marketing stunt that paid homeless people to carry Wi-Fi signals during the South By Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, is drawing widespread criticism.

As a "charitable experiment," BBH Labs, a unit of the global marketing agency BBH, gave 14 people from a homeless shelter mobile Wi-Fi devices and T-shirts that announced "I am a 4G Hotspot," paying them a minimum of $50 a day.

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