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Everyone’s a victim

Boulder Weekly

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Having your identity stolen, especially a social security number, is frightening and can have far reaching consequences for everyone involved; while some of the people who commit identity theft have malicious intents, some are undocumented people who are seeking work to make a living. A new progr...

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How Dutch Transit Agencies Fend Off Fare Evaders

CityLab

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Dutch public transportations are trying some innovative techniques to cut down on fare-evaders, emphasizing that consequences for those evading fares should not just impose fines but convince them to become ticket buyers. Other strategies include barring access to stations themselves without tick...

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Athens' Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Addresses Resident Needs

Grady Newsource

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In Athens, Georgia, an ombudsman program for long-term care residents at senior and nursing homes is holding institutions accountable and ensuring that residents' complaints are heard. The program comes from a requirement in the amended Older Americans Act and encompasses anything from complaints...

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‘When I Skate It Just Feels Free’:Figure Skating in Harlem helps young women of color see themselves on ice

The New York Times

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Figure Skating in Harlem is a group working to help young girls of color in New York learn teamwork, dedication, and hardwork - and the art of figure skating, a sport that is often perceived as inaccessible and overwhelmingly white and Asian-American. But the program doesn't just stop there; the ...

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Three promising new technologies could help send stormwater to taps in thirsty cities

Ensia

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With water scarcity becoming a reality for many cities, people are looking towards the premise of recycling stormwater into drinkable water collected from urban runoff. One major limitation of this is that the water often is too polluted for consumption, however researchers have piloted several n...

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The Fight to Keep Teachers in Tech Hubs From Being Priced Out

The New York Times

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In an attempt to retain teacher talent, the Santa Clara Unified School District has begun renting out apartments to teachers at subsidized rates so they can afford to stay and teach. While several cities across the country have attempted ways to offer more affordable housing to teachers, they are...

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Health departments are on climate change’s front lines

Ensia

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Climate change is proving to have a significant impact on more than just the weather. From an influx of diseases due to more natural disasters to extreme heat, climate change is taking a toll on the health of many worldwide. In response, public health departments are taking steps to implement pro...

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Climate Change Is Bad For Peru's Pastures ... But There's A 1,200-Year-Old Fix

NPR

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Not all solutions have to be new in order to work, some just have to be modernized for today's needs. This was the lesson learned when villagers in Peru decided to restore centuries-old hydraulic systems to revitalize their depleting wetlands.

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This deep-red state decided to make a serious investment in preschools. It's paying off big-time.

Mother Jones

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In 2017, Alabama was one of only three states to meet all 10 of the national recognized benchmarks for preschool quality. The state credits bipartisan support, a low teacher-to-student ratio, and high teacher salaries and credential requirements for its recent improvements. “We hoped that quality...

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What Happened After Two Decades of Affordable Child Care in Quebec

CityLab

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In Quebec, a subsidized affordable child care program has proven itself over two decades, contributing to a spike in the employment of mothers with young children. Research also shows that program is financially sustainable, but there is a disparity in quality between child care centers - an issu...

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Abused Wolves And Troubled Teens Find Solace In Each Other

NPR

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who’ve dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve come from abuse, neglect, mistreatment and abandonment." Two studies showed that the...

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Ideas We Should Steal: “The Real Possibilities for Change”

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia could benefit from Connecticut’s Child FIRST program. The company sends therapists to family homes to help them address their mental health situations using Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Child FIRST gets federal funding and has been recognized as "evidence based" treatment by the...

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