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Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity in America
US TODAY

Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity in America

The hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families. That estimate by Feeding America, which coordinates the work of more than 200 food banks around the country, underscores how long-term food insecurity has extended into every aspect of American life, including the military. The exact scope of the problem is a topic of debate, due to a lack of formal study. But activists say it has existed for years and primarily affects junior-level enlisted service members - ranks E1 to E4 in military parlance - with children. “It’s a shocking truth that’s known to many food banks across the Unite...
Crowd surge: 9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival crush, family seeks $1m damages
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Crowd surge: 9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival crush, family seeks $1m damages

A 9-year-old Dallas boy, Ezra Blount has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston. Blount died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said. He was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering serious injuries in the Nov. 5 crush of fans during a performance by the festival’s headliner, rapper Travis Scott. Blount's death make it eleven victims who have died due to the crowd surge during the festival. The father of the 9 year old victim, Treston Blount described what happened on Nov. 5 in a post on a GoFundMe page that he set up to help defray Ezra’s medical expenses. He said Ezra was sitting on his shoulders when a crowd surge crushed them and that he l...