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Homeless living beneath Hudson Yards welcome the new development

Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain its not helping us Whatever the aesthetic judgement of Manhattans $25bn Hudson Yards development Pulitzer prize winning critic Jerry Saltz called it a corporate mega-monstrosity there is at least one group of city dwellers who are optimistic about the development: the homeless who live underneath it. For decades, the subway and rail tunnels beneath and around Hudson Yards have offered shelter of sorts for the citys…

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Short-notice evictions face axe in tenant rights victory

Housing campaigners hail government plans to scrap no-fault removals Housing campaigners have hailed a groundbreaking shift for tenants rights after the government announced plans to scrap no-fault evictions, which it described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation. The government will consult on abolishing section 21 evictions in England, meaning private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason. Currently landlords have the right to get rid of tenants with as little as eight weeks notice after…

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Its not just theyoung whohave a drink problem | Ian Jack

I consume 100 times more booze than my father did. Now Ive became aware that harmful drinking affects older people most, I seem I need to do better, says Guardian columnist Ian Jack Recently I calculated that every year I drink about 100 periods as much alcohol as my father did, and at least 200 times as much as my mother. The annual total in dad’s case came at most to a dozen small bottles of brew plus a whisky at New Year, while over the same 12 months Mum…

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How much is an hour worth? The war over the minimum wage

The long read: Some economists say it should be raised. Others say its already too high. But what if both sides are missing the point? No idea in economics provokes more furious argument than the minimum wage. Every time a government debates whether to raise the lowest amount it is legal to pay for an hour of labour, a bitter and emotional battle is sure to follow rife with charges of ignorance, cruelty and ideological bias. In order to understand this fight, it is necessary to understand that every minimum-wage…

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Into the woods: how online urban legend Slender Man inspired children to kill

The long read: When two 12 -year-old girls in Wisconsin invited their classmate for a game of hide-and-seek in the forest, they planned to assassination her. They later claimed the latter are forced to act by the mythical Slender Man On a Friday night in late springtime of 2014, in the smaller, drab metropoli of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a trio of sixth-grade daughters got together to celebrate Morgan Geyser’s birthday. They skated for hours under the disco lightings at the roller rink: tamed, mousy-haired Payton Leutner, known as Bella; Anissa Weier,…

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