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Racial Discrimination Complaint Filed against Prince George’s County Dept. of Environment

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Prince George’s County is one of the biggest majority-Black jurisdictions in the nation, but a local group alleges those same people didn’t receive fair consideration regarding grant money for a stormwater management program.

The People for Change Coalition, a nonprofit organization that assists minority-owned businesses in the D.C. area, filed a complaint with the county’s Human Relations Commission after an application it submitted along with several others was denied this fiscal year.

Sandra Pruitt, executive director of the coalition, said Thursday that one Black nonprofit, the Riverdale-based Global Health and Education Projects, was awarded a $50,000 grant to conduct an adopt-a-tree program for homeowners.

“We are looking for equity on how the grants are awarded,” Pruitt said. “We say inclusion is [African-Americans] get the project done in our neighborhood and we got paid to do the work. Inclusion is not [Whites] coming in to do the work into Black communities. Our point is we want to do the work.”

She along with other community leaders will hold 10 a.m. press conference Friday in Largo to argue that more Black-led organizations should participate in the county’s Stormwater Stewardship grant program.

Read more at The Washington Informer

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Inside Amazon Go: The camera-filled convenience store that watches you back

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The retail giant Amazon.com opened a new convenience store to the public here on Monday with none of the hurdles of a traditional supermarket: At Amazon Go, there are no cashiers, shopping carts or checkout lines to slow shoppers down.

But there’s a trade-off. In this store, the shoppers are on display too, tracked by hundreds of cameras and sensors from the first swipe of their phone to their last step out the door.

The futuristic grab-and-go market represents a test of new technology that could soon spread nationwide, as Amazon and other grocery giants seek to win business from shoppers craving selection, ease and speed.

“The number one problem for people is time poverty,” said Dilip Kumar, vice president of technology for Amazon Go, while standing in the store during its grand public opening. “People want good food fast and they want it to be convenient.”

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