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L.A. cares about its workers, raises the minimum wage to $15. It's the largest city to do it so far.

Joining Seattle and San Francisco, Los Angeles is the latest city to adopt a $15 minimum wage.

The Los Angeles City Council just passed bill that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020.

The council voted 14-1 in favor of raising the minimum wage. Los Angeles will become the largest city in the country with a $15 minimum wage, along with Seattle and San Francisco.

The city's minimum wage will increase to $10.50 in July 2016 and then increase little by little until it reaches $15 an hour by July 2020. Smaller businesses (25 or fewer employees) will have an extra year to prepare for the wage hike ($10.50 in July 2017 with incremental increases up until July 2021).


California's state minimum wage currently sits at $9 an hour and is set to increase to $10 an hour in January.

Protesters, workers, and activists have pushed for a $15 minimum wage in both Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

Last December, the city was home to a massive protest led by health care workers and fast-food employees, along with supporters. Last month, groups around the country came together to make the same demand on a much larger scale.

People fill a street for wage protests Dec. 4, 2014. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

In recent years, a number of cities have taken steps to raise the local minimum wage

Those cities include Seattle ($15), Chicago ($13), Albuquerque ($8.75), Santa Fe ($10.84), San Diego ($11.50), San Francisco ($15), and Oakland ($12.25).

Seattle agreed to increase its minimum wage last June (reaching the $15 an hour point in 2017), and San Francisco voted to raise its wage last November (reaching the $15 an hour point in 2018).

A number of other cities are currently in the process of considering raising their minimum wages, including Portland, Maine ($10.68), New York ($15), Washington, D.C. ($15), Louisville ($9), and Kansas City, Missouri ($15).

There are a lot of falsehoods going around about supposed negative effects a $15 minimum wage would have on the country, but they're nothing more than myths.

The Department of Labor has an excellent breakdown of some of the more common arguments against raising the minimum wage along with some great statistics to support an increase.


With other cities on the verge of taking action on their minimum wage rules, it's clear that the recent Fight for $15 protests are making a difference. Here's hoping this trend continues.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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