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Is an algorithm less racist than a home loan officer?

In 2015, Melany Anderson’s 6-year-old daughter came home from a play date and asked her mother a heartbreaking question: Why did all her friends have their own bedrooms?

Anderson, 41, a pharmaceutical benefits consultant, was recently divorced, living with her parents in West Orange, New Jersey, and sharing a room with her daughter. She longed to buy a home, but the divorce had emptied her bank account and wrecked her credit. She was working hard to improve her financial profile, but she couldn’t imagine submitting herself to the scrutiny of a mortgage broker.

“I found the idea of going to a bank completely intimidating and impossible,” she said. “I was a divorced woman and a Black woman. And also being a contractor — I know it’s frowned upon, because it’s looked at as unstable. There were so many negatives against me.”

Then, last year, Anderson was checking her credit score

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Zumper Taps Former Uber And CloudKitchens Design Executive, Shalin Amin, As Chief Experience Officer

The user experience executive will spearhead the intersection of product, brand, and design for the largest, privately-held rental marketplace in the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Zumper, the largest, privately-held rental marketplace in the U.S., announced that Shalin Amin has joined the company as the startup’s first Chief Experience Officer.

Zumper, the largest, privately-held rental marketplace in the U.S., hires former Uber and CloudKitchens Design Executive, Shalin Amin, as Chief Experience Officer.

An innovative product, brand, and design executive, Shalin brings with him nearly 20 years of experience helping technology brands create engaging and meaningful connections with customers. At Zumper, he will be responsible for elevating the end-to-end user experience, scaling the team, and overseeing the two-sided marketplace.

Shalin started his career as a product and brand consultant in San Francisco and New York, designing user interfaces for companies like eBay, Condé

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Flagstaff police officer found dead in home

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A Flagstaff police officer was found dead in his home Saturday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials. 

Officers from Flagstaff Police Department were performing a welfare check on Ofc. Jarrett Shughart’s home when they found him, according to a news release from department spokesperson Sgt. Charles Hernandez. He was 31 years old. 

No other people were in the home at the time, Hernandez said. Shughart’s death was being investigated by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, he said. 

Shughart was just shy of his six-year anniversary with the department on Oct. 13, according to Hernandez. He served as a field training officer and was most recently assigned “in a light-duty capacity” because of a work-related injury, Hernandez said. 

“At this time the family requests privacy; funeral arrangements are unknown at this time,” Hernandez said. “The City of Flagstaff and the members of

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