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'They Saw Me And Thought The Worst'

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO)

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Comparing police accountability in Jefferson Parish, La., to neighboring New Orleans reveals a stark contrast because of federally imposed reforms in New Orleans. Jefferson's sheriff's office, one of the nation's largest police agencies not using body cameras, has a weak internal investigation pr...

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A Houston man spent hours calling 911 before responders found his family members dead

NBC News

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First responders usually have wide discretion over whether to force their way into a private home to respond to an emergency. One family's tragic carbon monoxide poisoning during Texas' severe winter weather in 2021 illustrates how the lack of a clear policy for firefighters, combined with miscom...

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‘Every man was drinking': how much do bans on alcohol help women in India?

The Guardian

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The Bihar, India, state government banned drinking and selling of alcohol in 2016 after women in the mostly rural state mounted protests blaming men's alcohol abuse for rampant violence against women. Hundreds of thousands of arrests, carrying severe penalties, resulted from the ban. Previous ban...

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How Delta Air Lines mandated employee vaccinations without losing workers

Quartz

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In order to increase the number of employees getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Delta Air Lines announced that the company would charge employees for their healthcare plans if they were not vaccinated. Many businesses have used incentives to encourage their employees to get the vaccine, which c...

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Eagle County problem-solving courts offer new hope to repeat offenders battling substance abuse

Vail Daily

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Eagle County's two problem-solving courts put treatment ahead of punishment when addressing crimes committed by people with substance abuse problems. Originally set up as one court, they now function separately to address drunken driving and drugs and serve people "teetering on the edge of seriou...

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Improving maternal healthcare in rural Nigeria with free drugs and birthing kits

Pulse Nigeria

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Hacey Health Initiative and Alabiyamo Maternal and Child Healthcare Foundation are improving maternal and newborn health in rural communities. The groups have provided more than 50,000 birthing kits containing sterilized tools and other essentials and handed out over 100,000 long-lasting treated ...

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The lost generation of ancient trees

BBC

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Ancient trees like the Big Belly Oak, which grows to be hundreds of years old, provide substance to thousands of invertebrate species, and hundreds of species of lichen and fungi. However, due to changes in forest management and agriculture, many of the ancient trees are not surviving long enough...

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Why a Swedish city with a violent crime problem looked to US for solutions

Christian Science Monitor

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Malmö's Sluta Skjut (Stop Shooting) program adopts a group violence intervention approach that has been used widely in the U.S. Gang members and others believed to be involved in street violence are summoned to "call-ins" to hear messages from law enforcement officials, community members, and soc...

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University degree awarded to student behind bars: his thesis on autoethnography is a survival story

News48

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Magna Graecia University partnered with prison administrators in Catanzaro, Italy, to help two incarcerated men find a form of rehabilitation by writing their own lives' stories. In a process called autoethnography, the men, who are serving life sentences, focus on describing without moral judgme...

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As homicides surged, Oakland's premier anti-violence program went quiet

San Francisco Chronicle

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Oakland Ceasefire's "delicate architecture" balancing law enforcement and community-based responses to gun violence, which seemed to have helped lower the city's gun violence by half since 2012, came crashing down during the pandemic. While arrests continued, the alternative offered to people at ...

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How a Small Town Silenced a Neo-Nazi Hate Campaign

The New York Times

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When a white nationalist leader sparked an antisemitic hate campaign in his vacation community to settle a personal grievance, the community rose up in unison to confront the hate and render it toothless. Everyone from neighbors to the governor joined in the effort to counter disinformation and i...

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#EndSARS: Impact Of Judicial Panels In Facilitating Justice For Victims Of Police Brutalities

HumAngle

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Protests against alleged brutality and extrajudicial killings by Nigeria's Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) led to demands for judicial panels of inquiry to investigate the abuses and provide justice to victims. Of Nigeria's 36 states, 29 set up panels of inquiry, and seven of those submitted re...

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