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July 25, 1937: Fifteen “living dead women” testify before the Illinois Industrial Commission. They were “Radium Girls,” women who died prematurely after working at clock and watch factories, where they were told to wet small paintbrushes in their mouths so they could dip them in radium to paint dials. A Geiger counter passed over graves in a cemetery near Ottawa, Illinois still registers the presence of radium.
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Feb. 11, 2013 | The president will rightly go down in history for preventing the country plunging into a second great depression, overhauling an unjust and inefficient healthcare system, and enacting regulations to avoid a recurrence of the worst Wall Street abuses. He may win comprehensive immigration reform, limited gun control measures and climate change legislation. But unless he acts boldly on workers' rights, he risks going down in history as the Democratic president who stood by while conservatives dealt a deathblow to the American labor movement. Overcoming GOP obstructionism will not be easy, but there's much that the president can do. Read the full story at The Hill.


 
 
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