The Daily Populous

Monday July 24th, 2023 evening edition

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But they have neglected the simplest one in their toolkit for far too long: raising the federal minimum wage.

Monday marks 14 years since the last federal minimum wage increase, the longest period America’s lowest-paid workers have gone without a raise since the minimum wage was first put into effect in 1938.

The minimum wage has been stuck at an unlivable $7.25 an hour under three presidents.

Adjusting for inflation, today’s minimum wage is now worth less than at any point since 1956.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a worker paid the $7.25 federal minimum wage earns 27.4% less in inflation-adjusted terms than what their counterpart was paid in July 2009 when the minimum wage was last increased, and 40.2% less than a minimum wage worker in February 1968, the historical high point of the minimum wage’s value.

Courageous workers in the Fight for $15 and the union movement have pushed 14 states and the District of Columbia to adopt $15 minimum wage laws.

Indeed, our demand for a living wage is the moral issue politicians should be focused on. »

Gene therapy eyedrops restored a boy’s sight. Similar treatments could help millions

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The other, taken after months of gene therapy given through eyedrops, revealed no scarring on either eye.

But his skin improved when he joined a clinical trial to test the world’s first topical gene therapy.

Sabater, director of the Corneal Innovation Lab at the eye institute, said gene therapy eyedrops could potentially be used for other diseases by changing the gene delivered by the virus. »

Greta Thunberg found guilty of failing to obey police at climate protest

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been found guilty by a Swedish court of disobeying a police order at a protest in Malmo last month.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives at Malmo district court on a charge of disobeying police at a protest in southern Sweden last month.

"The climate crisis is already a matter of life and death for countless people," Greta tweeted during the protest. »

Iraq cuts ties with Sweden, expels ambassador over Quran burning – Mideast Discourse

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Iraq fulfills its vows and cuts ties with Sweden over its approval of yet another Quran burning despite warnings regarding the issue.

The Iraqi government on Thursday expelled Sweden’s ambassador to the country and severed its ties with Stockholm in response to the repeated Quran burnings in Sweden, which were permitted by the Swedish government.

Moreover, the head of the media association in Iraq suspended the license of Swedish telecom company Ericsson on Iraqi soil following the Quran burning. »