"As Americans enjoy an extra day away from the office over the long Labor Day weekend, many will reflect on the end of a summer when, once again, they took far fewer days of vacation than workers in other countries. 40% of Americans do not take all of their vacation days."
A generation ago, students caught fighting at school, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody. Some communities are trying to reverse the practice.
SUCH was the status of German in the 19th century—for Europeans generally and for Jews in particular—that Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, once proposed making it the official language of a future state of Israel. In the event, devotees of Hebrew won out. After the Holocaust, German was particularly despised. But times change. Israeli 14- to 15-year-olds going back to school after the summer holidays now have the option of German as a foreign language for the first time at five public schools, to be followed by more.
"Its like a quasi-release for these guys," Ramsey says. "It's like being released to the streets, because none of these dudes are going to see the light of day, so just being able to get on a yard, being able to hug your family, hug your kids [is huge]. Some of those dudes were up there for decades with no phone calls and no contacts. In Pelican Bay, you don't get direct sunlight. It's gonna be a culture shock to those guys."
Of course, the release of the gang leaders could spark violence as they battle for position and resources in an environment where scarcity is the name of the game. According to the LA Times report, the man held in solitary the longest in California prison history—Hugo Pinell, who was in there for 43 years—got killed during a riot just days after his release this summer. But big names can actually decrease violence if they demand respect.
"One thang fa'sho tho, their presence will add an abundance of diplomacy to the yards that they get acclimated to, to the point of voicing their opinions and what not, hence that is where respect begins," a convict named Mac tells VICE via text. "Cats respect individuals on a personal level by the way they carry their self, the way they talk and express their self."
After Iceland suffered a heavy hit in the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which famously resulted in convictions and jail terms for a number of top banking executives, the IMF now says the country has managed to achieve economic r
At first glance, the text messages appear to show a disturbing case of cyberbullying: one teen urging another to kill himself. But the texts were not sent by a school bully. They were from a 17-year-old girl to her boyfriend, whom she called the love of her life.
In this ancient Turkish city once ruled by sultans and emperors, the real king is the humble alley cat. Now, Istanbul’s feline fetish is adapting to the digital age, with thousands following social media sites offering daily pictures of the city’s cutest street cats.
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