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How Denmark Got Its Children Back to School So Soon After Lockdown

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Starting in mid-April, Denmark welcomed its students back to school with new hand washing stations, extra sinks, spaced out desks, and some classes outside. After initial hesitance from some parents, the thorough approach and lack of resulting COVID-19 cases have won over the majority of families.

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How police forces in western Canada are working to speed up ballistic imaging to solve gun crimes quicker

The Globe and Mail

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As Canada sees an increase in gun violence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), are increasing their capacity to do ballistic imaging – an analysis that is able to potentially connect multiple crimes. Across the country, individual police agencies are developing their own way of conducting ...

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As Covid-19 tears through Navajo Nation, young people step up to protect their elders

STAT

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Across Navajo Nation, young people are coming together to protect their elders through grassroots efforts and campaigns. They’ve created online campaigns, like Protect the Sacred and #NavajoStrong to help provide accurate information, collect donations, deliver medical supplies, and recruit medic...

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Arkansas Moms Turn to Food Pantry Boxes to Distribute Safe Gun Storage Tips

The Trace

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After a 14-year-old girl in Jonesboro, Ark., accidentally shot and killed a friend, local activists distributed hundreds of safety fliers promoting safe gun storage strategies that have been proven to save lives. Nationwide, children's deaths and injuries from accidental gunshots have increased s...

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4 Ways COVID-19 Has Exposed Gaps in the US Social Safety Net

Next City

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As individuals across the United States face economic insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a light shed on how disconnected and ineffective our safety nets are. From delays in stimulus financial aid to inequities within our healthcare system to unsustainable housing, th...

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How Centre County Correctional Facility has adjusted amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Daily Collegian

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Centre County, Pa., jail officials limited the spread of coronavirus inside its facility with extensive testing of all incarcerated people and staff, isolating those with the virus, barring visitors, and working with a coalition of court and law enforcement agencies to reduce the jail population....

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As the coronavirus pandemic strains supplies, Native Americans fight food insecurity

NBC News

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As a response to the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains, especially in remote parts of the Navajo Nation, the new “Seeds and Sheep” program is mailing seeds to families so they can grow food for themselves and their community. The nonprofit running the program, U...

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How Orange County's Visual Arts World is Coping with the Coronavirus

Voice of OC

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Some arts organizations in Orange County, CA have found creative ways to deal with Covid-19 closures by bringing their collections online, creating digital programming, and reaching out to new audiences. For example, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center hands out weekly art kits to kids and seniors a...

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The Pandemic Has Changed Addiction Treatment, Some Hope For Good

WBUR

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When the pandemic hit, substance abuse centers had to quickly adapt and determine how they would stay in touch with patients who may be more likely than ever to use. Around-the-clock phone lines, telehealth, and take-home drugs to treat addiction without the requirement of daily check-ins have ch...

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COVID-19 dining out: Restaurants take to the streets to create socially distanced dining rooms as nation reopens

USA Today

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As the U.S attempts to reopen., restaurant owners from California to Florida are expanding their restaurants into nearby outdoor space, including sidewalks and parking lots. In doing so, they are able to offer patrons a safer dining environment, as there is more room to keep tables further apart ...

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Amid COVID-19, SNAP Rolls Out Online Ordering

Next City

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More than a dozen states are participating in a SNAP program, allowing people experiencing economic hardship to purchase food online from retailers. While only certain online retailers allow for food stamp purchases and SNAP users can’t pay for delivery fees with their benefits, more states are p...

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As the Nation Begins Virus Tracing, It Could Learn From This N.J. City

The New York Times

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In New Jersey, health officials in the city of Paterson has been tracing the novel coronavirus for months, which may have helped contain the spread of the virus. Their disease investigations team has been able to successfully trace about 90 percent of the more than 5,900 positive cases in the cit...

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