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How Labor Unions Work

They may seem "old school," but labor unions still play a large role in many professions. Learn about the history and current state of labor unions.

Do Something Spotlight: Daniel Kent and Senior Connects

Senior Connects sends high school and college kids into independent living facilities to bring the Internet to older people, reconnecting them with family, loved ones, and the pulse of today.

How the BRICK Awards Work

The BRICK Awards honor young people for public service work in the areas of community building, education and environment, health and global impact. Meet the 2007 winners.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Cheryl Perera

2007 Brick Award-winner Cheryl Perera works to combat the global child sex trade, and has even gone undercover to catch a pedophile.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: David Fajgenbaum

David Fajgenbaum's mother died from brain cancer. The loss inspired the 2007 BRICK Award winner to start a support group for students coping with a parent's illness or death.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Divine Bradley

2007 BRICK Award-winner Divine Bradley converted his home into a community center so he could provide kids positive role models and get them involved in their communities.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Hannah Taylor

11-year-old Hannah Taylor is proof you're never too young to make a difference. This 2007 BRICK Award winner has raised more than a million dollars to fight homelessness.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Staple

A summer job changed not only 2007 BRICK Award winner Jennifer Staple's life, but also the lives of 400,000 people around the world. Her organization, Unite for Sight, is a global eye care provider.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jennifer Zwilling

2007 Brick Award winner Jennifer Zwilling, diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, teaches students to understand more than just her disorder. She teaches them to accept people's differences.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Kimmie Weeks

A survivor of Liberia's civil war, 2007 BRICK Award Winner Kimmie Weeks vowed to help other children caught in war-torn countries.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: William Hwang

Building better learners is 2007 BRICK Award winner William Hwang's goal and the reason he launched Innoworks, a program to get underprivileged kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Ruth DeGolia

2007 BRICK Award winner Ruth DeGolia always thought of herself as a social activist, but she discovered becoming a businesswoman would allow her to help women in Guatemala earn a living wage with their jewelry creations.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Jacob Komar

2007 BRICK Award Winner Jacob Komar's fascination with computers led to a passion for helping others. Now Jacob rebuilds computers and provides them to schools, prisons and other organizations in need.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Kelly Voigt

A dog attack at age 7 inspired 2007 BRICK Award winner Kelly Voigt to take steps to see that no other child suffers the way she did.

2007 BRICK Award Winner: Ashley Rhodes-Courter

2007 BRICK Award-winner Ashley-Rhodes Courter experienced abuse and neglect in foster care, before being adopted. Now she fights to improve the foster care system and encourage adoption.

How Does Do Something Work?

What problem in the world really stinks? What can you do to change it? For many, the first question is easy to answer, but the second one is difficult. Learn how Do Something inspires and helps young people make a difference.

How Bail Works

We hope you'll never need to know the ins-and-outs of getting out of jail. Bail allows people to leave jail and continue their lives while awaiting trial. How does the bail system work?

Why is eBay banning the sale of online-game virtual assets?

In a move that has shaken up online-gaming profiteers everywhere, eBay has decided to ban the sale of virtual assets in its marketplace. eBay says it is acting to protect its users and maintain the integrity of the marketplace. But is there a bigger

Does some corporation own the patent for my genes?

If you've got at least one kidney, a company called Biogen owns the patent for at least one of your genes. Find about about the contoversial "life patent" trend and what it could mean to the future of medical research.

Why are gas prices declining?

What causes gas prices to fluctuate? We know that an increase in oil prices causes an increase in gas prices, but what exactly causes gas prices to decline?

How Con Artists Work

Have you ever gotten a chain e-mail that promised riches if you just sent $5 to everybody on the list? The person who began that e-mail is a con artist -- someone who lies, cheats and fool people into thinking they've happened onto a great deal. Learn about basic cons, how to avoid being conned and what to do if you're a victim.

How Copyrights Work

Copyrights are the one of the only forms of intellectual property that have historical basis in the Constitution. All other forms rely on common or statutory law for enforcement. Learn how they work.

How Trademarks Work

A trademark is concerned with a company's need to identify its goods or services among its customers and potential customers. Trademarks, such as Nike or Coca Cola, are known throughout the world.

How Intellectual Property Works

The phrase intellectual property (IP) refers to the bundle of legal rights that arise from the creative genius of the human mind. Intellectual property has become an issue as the digital music market expands. Learn how it works.

How Money Laundering Works

Money laundering is a crime that disguises where money came from — usually because its source was illegal. How can money start out dirty and wind up clean?