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Evan Smith
Staff Writer

Evan Smith is a staff writer and radio producer from Ohio who has spent more than five years covering local and national news for a variety of publications. Before joining OL, he served as an investigative reporter for the USA Today Network with a focus on the economic and political issues facing rural Appalachia. When he's not writing daily feature stories for OL, he serves as producer on "Opportunity Vive, with Israel Ortega", a weekly rush-hour talk radio program airing in the Miami market that focuses on Hispanic issues.

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For most students across America, simply enrolling in an AP college-level course while still in high school can be a daunting step, especially when …

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The mission is simple: help women break out of poverty. But that goal is deceptively complex, as Devin Thorpe writes at Forbes. For the …

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Nearly 20 states have declined to expand their respective Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, a reality that has been the bane of …

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Edwins is a swanky French restaurant tucked in the increasingly hospitable streets of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. And sure, it’s known around the area for …

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When it comes to child literacy, here’s a statistic that reveals just how much Chicago’s educators are up against: In upper- and middle-class neighborhoods, …

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It’s a gym like any other — dumbbells, rubber balls, treadmills and other assorted equipment — but for retired Marine L.J. Eastmead, the gym …

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Soldiers are duty-bound to protect the people who hate them most. That’s the reality of life in the U.S. armed forces: facing protest and …

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New data suggests a unique and troubling trend in the spending and saving habits of Americans. While the middle class is saving more than …

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Now that a Republican-controlled Congress is finally on the brink of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it can be easy for conservatives …

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The next time you bite into a cheesy stuffed crust pizza at your local Dominos or Pizza Hut, you might want to thank the …