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Gun Violence Left a Mark on His Childhood. He Says People Like Him Should Lead Efforts to Reduce It.

The Trace

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The South Central Leadership Academy was started in Los Angeles by a college student who believes that gun violence survivors like him should lead the community response in finding solutions to violence. Its first year of paying more than a dozen student survivors to learn community organizing sk...

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Limited COVID-19 testing? Researchers in Rwanda have an idea

Associated Press

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Researchers in Rwanda are using a mathematical approach as part of pooled testing to determine the number of cases of coronavirus in the country and slow the circulation rate. The algorithm they've developed "makes that process more efficient" which has been crucial because of the country's limit...

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As Malheur County struggles with pandemic, other rural counties provide clues to control

Malheur Enterprise

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Several rural counties in Oregon and Idaho have managed to slow the spread of the coronavirus through early intervention strategies and community compliance. Although the low population and rural nature of the regions also played a role in the success of the counties, the areas still adopted tact...

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Beating the coronavirus with knives, forks, and moving tables

The Boston Globe

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Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island are "repurposing parking lots, waterfronts, and any adjacent land where an al fresco meal can be savored, public health preserved, and restaurant profits protected" during the coronavirus pandemic. Collaborative efforts by various elected officials, health ...

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19 Volunteers Sharing an iPhone Are Trying to Support Incarcerated People Through COVID-19

TalkPoverty.org

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Portland-based Beyond These Walls, which connects LGBTQ people in Oregon and Washington who are incarcerated to the outside world, created a crisis phone line to provide emotional support during COVID-19, and to serve a watchdog function to hold prisons and jails accountable for their virus-conta...

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The Junk Science Cops Use to Decide You're Lying

The Intercept

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When "junk science" forms the basis of the training curricula used by for-profit companies in the business of teaching police interrogation techniques, it can produce mistakes leading to false confessions and wrongful convictions. A number of vendors rely on practices long proven ineffective and ...

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A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants

The Guardian

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As the habitats of wild elephants shrink, conservationists in India are developing safer ways to reduce the number of conflicts between humans and the animal. The Wildlife Research and Conservation Society uses chili smoke and beehive fences as natural ways to divert elephants away from farmers’ ...

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Childcare centers see low COVID-19 transmission

New Mexico In Depth

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Although the pandemic has brought on its own unique challenges, childcare centers in New Mexico have successfully developed safe and effective techniques to keep children and workers safe. At the UNM Chidren's campus, staff limits children to small groups, so if anyone tests positive, the risk of...

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City grant programs help Mission businesses hold on

Mission Local

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San Francisco entrepreneurs are benefiting from several emergency city relief programs which have proven vital to small businesses. The city is funding both The Resiliency Fund and Neighborhood Mini Grants. The former is for businesses across the city with 5 or fewer employees, while the latter i...

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How a quarantine matchmaking project for Muslims found itself navigating anti-Blackness

Religion News Service

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Covid-19 has closed the places young Muslims go to meet potential spouses so two Muslim women created Eye Meets Soul, a virtual matchmaking service for US Muslim millennials where pairs first chat online without seeing each other. Initially, 10 potential couples led to 3 matches, with one continu...

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In New Zealand, Life Was Ordinary Again With No Virus Spread, But It Didn't Last

NPR

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New Zealand has been able to nearly eradicate Covid-19 due to rapid intervention strategies taken by the government that were predicated on quickly identifying clusters of cases and implementing rigorous contact tracing. Although the country went 101 days without a single case reported, a few cas...

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How New Zealand went 100 days with no community coronavirus transmission

CNN

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New Zealand went 100 days without a single new case of Covid-19 after implementing strict restrictions which included "no takeaways, no beaches, and no driving outside of your neighborhood." Because of the government's quick action, the county remained in lockdown for only seven weeks. The govern...

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