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The Polarised City (1): How 2 Jos Communities Struggle To Unite After Years Of Crises

HumAngle

Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words

With help from nongovernmental organizations, the people of two communities who clashed violently since 2001 found ways to coexist peacefully since 2019. Violent attacks and reprisals between the Christians of Unguwar Balakazai and Muslims of Mai Damisa claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed hom...

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What do communities do when the police retreat?

The Washington Post

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Little Earth Protectors is one of several community patrol groups that emerged in Minneapolis' unrest after George Floyd's death in police custody. Named for a mostly Native American neighborhood with high rates of violence, the Protectors filled a vacuum left by short-staffed police who had lost...

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How Madison County Residents Successfully Lobbied Legislators Over Pollution Concerns

Grady Newsource

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After Georgian residents raised concerns about a pollutant that was being emitted by a nearby biomass plant, they banded together to pass legislation that effectively put an end to the practice. These concerned residents founded the Madison County Clean Power Coalition to raise awareness of the e...

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Once jailed, these women now hold courts accountable — with help from students, retirees and Fiona Apple

The Washington Post

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Court Watch PG acts as a traditional court watch program for Maryland's Prince George's County, but with a twist: the two formerly incarcerated women running it turned adversity, in the form of the pandemic's shutdown of trials, into opportunity in the form of a nationwide crew of volunteers watc...

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A teen's death by suicide with her father's gun divides a small Missouri town

The Kansas City Star

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Seven teen suicides in one county over a two-year span prompted residents whose lives were touched by suicide to form DeFeet, an educational and advocacy group devoted to the message that suicide is preventable. Thanks in part to its trainings, public speakers, support groups, public education ca...

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Seaweed Diet for Cows Lowers How Much Methane They Produce: Study

KNTV-TV

Broadcast TV News / Under 3 Minutes

Researchers at University of California, Davis found that cows that were fed a small amount of seaweed in their diet drastically reduced the amount of methane they emitted, which could be a low-cost climate solution for farmers. They saw an 82 percent reduction in methane in beef cows and there w...

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How One Atlanta News Station Is Fighting Against Fake News

Grady Newsource

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

11Alive, a Georgia news station, runs a program called "Verify" that helps residents get accurate information and slow the spread of disinformation. Viewers submit a form online or via an app to request any piece of information be debunked or verified. If deemed a verifiable request, a 13-member ...

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'Life After The Gunshot' Documents The Impact Of Hospital Interventions After Gun Injury, Trauma

WBUR

Radio Talk Show / 5-15 Minutes

A college professor and a former stabbing victim counsel young men in the hospital soon after they are shot or stabbed. These interventions, based on trust and shared experiences, are meant to prevent repeat injuries, which are common for people with traumatic experiences. Of 116 men they've coun...

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Helping animals cross the road and other obstacles

BBC

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

As human infrastructure continues to threaten animal habitats, researchers are coming up with ways to use artificial structures as bridges for these creatures to get where they need to go. In Indonesia, irrigation pipes help farmers water their crops, but they’re also used by slow lorises to cros...

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U.K. Community Leaders Step In to Aid Vaccination in Ethnically Diverse Areas

The New York Times

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To discourage the spread of misinformation about the Covid vaccine and decrease vaccine hesitancy in minority communities, religious leaders and other influential people in Britain have launched campaigns to dispel concerns. According to a survey about overall willingness to take the vaccine, the...

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Nuts for coco de mer: islanders rally to save world's biggest seed

The Guardian

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A public-private scheme between the Seychelles Islands Foundation and a government agency is allowing residents to plant seeds of the coco de mer, or sea coconut, as a way to save the endangered tree species. So far, 96 seeds have been planted on 26 properties. Despite its extremely slow growth r...

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Mobile Vaccine Squad Has a Mission: Find and Protect the Neediest

CityLab

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In California's Marin County, mobile vaccine teams are helping to deliver vaccines to populations that are "homebound, homeless, and hesitant." The team has been able to administer 8,000 shots so far, which organizers say has been the easiest part. Linda Dobra, who leads a mobile vaccination team...

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