Reporter Remix: February 21, 2014

This week, the remix brings an assortment of news and voices, from an reflection on the Michael Dunn trial to the dismal truth about women in the media.

Minimum wage hasn’t been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades
Pew Research Center sums up a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that projects raising the federal minimum wage would have both positive and negative effects – it would raise the incomes of 16.5 million workers but also cost 500,000 jobs.

The extermination of Jordan Davis: An empty verdict, a hollow victory
Columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee calls the conviction of Michael Dunn – the white man who killed a black teenager for playing his music too loudly – a “consolation prize” and a tragic reminder of Trayvon Martin. Dunn’s life sentence, as it turns out, is not for murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis but for attempting to kill the three other people in Davis’ car.

Women’s Media Center Report Finds Women Still Underrepresented, Misrepresented in U.S. Media
According to the report, women made up just 27 percent of opinion columnists in major newspapers of the 100 most profitable films of 2012, only 28.4 percent of the speaking characters were women.

Judge: Same sex couples can marry now in Cook County
“There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court,” U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman told the Chicago Tribune. “Committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.”

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama
Leaders of NACCP and other legal organizations met with President Obama earlier this week to discuss new initiatives including prison sentencing reform and an end to felony disenfranchisement.

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