FROM Paul Boden
Tackling Chronic Homelessness by Giving Them Homes It was a headline that sounded too good to be true. "The Surprisingly Simple Way Utah Solved Chronic Homelessness and Saved Millions." That story ran April 17 in the Washington Post -- and Utah officials say it's for real. The state claims it has cut chronic homelessness by 70% in the past ten years thanks to a counter-intuitive program. Housing First takes the chronically homeless and the hardest cases -- whether they're substance abusers, repeat offenders, the mentally ill, those usually considered least deserving of housing -- and put them in a home with social services and boom. Advocates say not only does it work, it saves money. Critics say it's a PR handout that neglects the most deserving people on the streets. Photo: Matthew Woitunski
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?