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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 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 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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Covid-19: The government officials only visit our shacks when they want our votes, not when we need food

#Kizola

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South Africa took decisive steps to contain the spread of Covid-19, including closing borders, requiring strict social distancing, and making screening and testing available nationwide. The lock-down, however, made citizens who already lacked money, food, and access to clean water more insecure. ...

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

The Local DK

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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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“A communal trauma:” Counselors help students combat stress amid pandemic

The Notebook

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As high schoolers across the nation grapple with the stress of the sudden shift to online learning, unstable home environments, and for some students the toll of coronavirus on family members, school counselors are looking for the best ways to support them. For some counselors, outreach has taken...

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Before George Floyd's Death, Minneapolis Police Failed to Adopt Reforms, Remove Bad Officers

The Marshall Project

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The Minneapolis Police Department’s repeated failures to reform a broken police-discipline system underscore the lack of public trust that exploded in local and nationwide protests after an officer with a troubled record killed a handcuffed suspect. An analysis of police-reform efforts in the cit...

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Why San Francisco's Librarians Make Great Contact Tracers

Next City

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Librarians’ skills have proved critical to San Francisco’s pandemic response, in roles ranging from translating to communicating public-health announcements, but especially contact tracing. The city’s largest-ever activation of disaster service workers meant sending librarians to the front lines....

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'We're Not Optional': Aid Organizations at the Border Adapt to the Pandemic

Sojourners

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To continue serving tens of thousands of refugees stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border during the pandemic, shelters have collaborated on an improvised system to deliver food aid, emergency hotel accommodations, and legal aid via videoconferencing. The border buildup of recent months, a product of the...

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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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Some Countries Have Brought New Cases Down To Nearly Zero. How Did They Do It?

KPBS Public Media

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Taking swift action, quickly banning all incoming visitors, remaining apolitical, articulating a coherent and straightforward plan to follow, and connecting with citizens by being approachable and appealing to their sense of duty to protect their fellow country-people are the strategies taken by ...

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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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