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2010-03-25 09:13:00

CHICAGO, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Habitat Company has been selected to manage construction services for three housing developments operated by the Gary (Indiana) Housing Authority. The project, which is part of a major investment in Gary's public housing communities, began in July 2009. "With the expertise and proven track record of The Habitat Company, we can accomplish the Agency's Mission of providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for eligible families in a manner that promotes...

2010-03-09 07:00:00

SKOKIE, Ill., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Peapod, the country's leading Internet grocer, has teamed up with sustainable communities group Neighbor Capital and food desert researcher Mari Gallagher to examine ways to expand delivery to communities where fresh, quality food is hard to come by due to lack of reputable grocery stores. The Healthy Families Project, taking a page from First Lady Michelle Obama's 2010 Focus on Healthy Eating and Healthy Families, will apply Gallagher's...

2010-02-17 11:49:27

President Barack Obama has pledged to support urban America through policy initiatives, and has created a White House Office of Urban Affairs which reports directly to the President. He plans to implement the Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, which will be patterned after the Harlem Children's Zone, HCZ. In recent years, a lack of federal resources (mass transit, social service, public works, education, job training) designed to help disadvantaged individuals gain financial security have...

2010-01-19 15:27:00

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education offered the hope of integrated classrooms, today's schools not only remain racially segregated, but are dividing along gender lines, sexual orientation and immigration status in the name of better education, according to the Spring 2010 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine. "The sad truth is that our public schools are more racially segregated today than they were 40 years ago," said...

2009-11-18 14:11:19

Although the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 overturned segregation within many U.S. metropolitan communities and districts, school districts were slow to change and have remained segregated between districts. A recent study in Law & Social Inquiry examines how the political process of creating new school districts in Southern communities changed the nature of segregation and seriously affected municipalities and districts now divided along racial lines. A case in...

2009-10-27 12:51:06

Obesity linked to fewer neighborhood food options Contrary to what you might believe, living near a variety of restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets and even fast food outlets actually lowers your risk for obesity, according to a new study from the University of Utah. Surprisingly, people who live more than a half mile away from any food outlets are the ones who tend to be fatter. "Having access to a range of food options in your neighborhood affects both your energy input and...

2009-09-09 17:06:54

Six squatters who have taken up residence in the former Mexican Embassy in London say their presence in the building is part of an art project. The squatters, who range in age from 24 to 34, said they moved into the facility, which is actually a pair of six-story mansions, three weeks ago and are planning to open the facility from Friday to Sept. 20 as an art gallery and theater with guest artists and performers, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. The group's spokesman, Dan Simon, 31, said he...

2009-09-02 05:00:00

DETROIT, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez today joins Detroit Mayor David Bing at an 11 a.m. ceremony to welcome the first family into the new Gardenview Estates, an 833-unit mixed-income development that stands at the site of the former Herman Gardens public housing development. Henriquez, Bing and Eugene Jones, Jr., executive director of the Detroit Housing Commission, will present a house-warming gift to Vernadetta Ely and...

2009-08-19 18:01:17

London taxpayers have to pay more than $8,200 for the case of a film maker accused of stealing .003 pence in electricity, a magistrates court said. Mark Guard, 44, appeared at two separate hearings in North London before the charge was dropped and the cost added up to $8,200, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday. Guard was making a documentary about crime and the homeless. He filmed squatters entering an empty building through an open window on Aug. 1. A movement sensor in the building was...

2009-07-31 00:55:29

The conventional wisdom that gangs are at the root of gun crime in Britain is overstated and gangs are not involved in most illegal shootings, researchers said. Working on separate research projects, researchers Simon Hallsworth and Dr. Daniel Silverstone independently concluded that the importance of gangs was vastly exaggerated. The Home Office conducted 80 structured interviews with young people involved with weapons. To find their subjects, the researchers traveled to several cities with...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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