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The City That Remade Its Police Department

Bloomberg Businessweek

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Since Camden began addressing its high homicide rate in 2012 with closer collaboration with the community and stricter rules on the use of force, both murders and complaints about police have fallen dramatically. As part of what is considered some of the most extensive police reforms in the count...

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Amid COVID-19, Montrose-area resources step up support for vulnerable populations in LGBTQ community

Impact Storytelling

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The Montrose Center in Texas, which provides LGBTQ support services, has turned to the use of technology to keep resources available during the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual support groups have been one of their most successful innovations, with providers reporting that attendance at times has be...

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Why So Many Police Are Handling the Protests Wrong

The Marshall Project

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Half a century of research showing the dynamics of how protesters and police interact under pressure teaches that when police respond with escalating force, it doesn’t work. But police continue to lean on such tactics out of instinct and culture, even in the face of strong evidence that they ofte...

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NM jail populations plummet amid joint efforts to avoid COVID-19 outbreak; positive test rates are low

New Mexico In Depth

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New Mexico criminal justice officials joined forces to lower local jail populations by one-third in just 11 weeks, a rushed COVID-19 response that not only seems to have prevented widespread illness but also led law enforcement officials to question whether they need to lock up so many people in ...

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How a City Once Consumed by Civil Unrest Has Kept Protests Peaceful

The New York Times

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial burst of protest after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. Newark has worked ...

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A turnaround school on the rise sees progress halted by the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

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When the John Q. Adams Middle School in Louisiana received a D rating, a new principal stepped in to restructure and address the ongoing issues with staff and students and was seeing success—but that changed when the pandemic hit and the school was unable to shift to remote learning. Progress sta...

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From dance to karate, schools keep S.I. kids active with online sessions

Staten Island Advance

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Dance, karate, and music instructors in Staten Island, New York are adapting and shifting the ways they deliver lessons to work within the virtual landscape their students, and the rest of society, are living in due to the pandemic. Some of the new ways these instructors have approached lesson de...

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Teaching in the time of coronavirus: Finding creative ways to engage students

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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As teachers have shifted their classrooms to remote learning during the pandemic, the challenge of keeping students actively engaged and interested remains. For some teachers in California this included enhancing lessons by taking students on a virtual field trips, hosting online poetry slams and...

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How this country of 97 million kept its coronavirus death toll at zero

CNN

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Thanks to a speedy early containment effort, rigorous contact tracing and quarantine policies, and effective public communications, Vietnam suffered zero COVID-19 deaths through the first four-plus months of the crisis and a relatively low infection rate overall. The country’s success, notable es...

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How COVID-19 and the fight against Big Oil is reviving one Alaskan people's spiritual traditions

Religion News Service

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To the Gwich’in Athabascan people living inside the Arctic Circle in Alaska, the decades-long fight against oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) represents more than an environmental struggle: It has sparked a spiritual and cultural renaissance among indigenous people whose...

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Thousands of Complaints Do Little to Change Police Ways

The New York Times

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Derek Chauvin's journey through the Minneapolis Police Department’s officer-disciplinary system illustrates the weaknesses of that system and the failure of efforts to fix it. Chauvin, the officer charged in the death of George Floyd, survived at least 17 misconduct complaints before he was fired...

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How Kerala managed to flatten the coronavirus curve

Equal Times

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The local government in Kerala implemented swift and aggressive measures to contain the coronavirus, within three days of learning that China was experiencing an outbreak. The success of the state is largely due to the way the government functions under the "Kerala model," which is a culmination ...

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