May 10 - 16, 2012 
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Retiring legislator fought for women and the working class

By Christie Chisholm

Danice Picraux is a pioneer, but don’t let her catch you saying that. Born, as she says, at the “head of the baby boom” in 1946, she was raised in the aftershock of World War II. It was a time when, like a rubber band pulled too taut, the nation snapped back to traditional gender roles. The United States fled from the cultural phenomenon of women working during wartime. Returning to pre-war gender norms with a glaze of extremism, the ’50s model of the powdered, curled and aproned white housewife was born.

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Council Watch

En Masse

By Carolyn Carlson
Councilors tackled a long agenda before a full house at their Monday, May 7 meeting. It was standing-room only with more than 100 people signed up to speak about police shootings, public access television and gas station regulation.
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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco
What do you know about last week?

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary
Funny because it happens to someone else.

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