Editors’ Picks for Jan 12

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It’s Not the One Percent — It’s the .01 Percent (Russ)

16,000 people own as much as 256 million other Americans do.

Michigan Knew About Poisonously High Levels of Lead In Drinking Water  (Ben)

The state just didn’t tell anyone about it.

The End of the Line for Manhattan’s Acclaimed Music Row (Russ)

Not so many years ago, you could on a single block find all your needs as a musician or band outfitter. No longer.

Black Lives Matter Co-founder Will Be a Guest at State of the Union (Trevin)

Alicia Garza, a constituent of Rep. Barbara Lee, will be the congresswoman’s guest at President Obama’s final State of the Union address, tonight. Garza helped form Black Lives Matter in 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

ABC Drops a Sponsor From Republican Debate (Ben)

Because Trump asked them to.

David Bowie’s Legacy Lives On in His Activism (Trevin)

Five contributions the iconic musician made to the developing world you may not have heard about.

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