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The Networking Platform Bigger Than LinkedIn for College Students

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Handshake, a growing career development platform, is working to democratize the job search process for all college students and move away from the LinkedIn model that relies on established networks. So far, 700 universities have started using the tool, exposing their students to job postings from...

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The Wheels on These Buses Go Round and Round With Zero Emissions

The New York Times

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Electric cars have already made their entrance into American society, but now school buses are also joining the ranks of energy efficient vehicles. From New York to California, school systems are actively finding ways to implement the buses into their rotations in order to cut down on the carbon ...

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Beyond the Stigma: State launching push to promote 'recovery-friendly' workplaces

New Hampshire Union Leader

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A state program is providing supports for businesses to create 'recovery friendly' workplaces for employees with substance use disorders. Supports include connecting employees with a licensed counselor, peer supports, and posted information about recovery resources.

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The New Mexican Revolution? Women-Only Workplaces

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Mi, Co-Madre, and Spacioss are all women-only working spaces in Mexico city. Together, around 400 women have attended these spaces. The aim of these coworking spaces is to provide support for females and help them success by giving them access to childcare facilities, workshops, and networking op...

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These Bridges And Tunnels Save Wild Animals' Lives — And Prevent Car Wrecks, Too

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U.S. Highway 97 is one of the highest travelled roads through Washington, but it is also one of the most dangerous due to wildlife crossings. Taking note of successful initiatives in other states and countries, Washington is making moves to implement underpasses which will reduce the rate of acci...

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Three Guanacaste Organizations Take on Role of Schools As Teachers Remain on Strike

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As teachers at schools in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica begin their second month of strikes, several NGOs are stepping in to offer lesson plans and cafeteria meals to students who would otherwise be out of school and without sufficient food. "The safest and best place is in the classroom, n...

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Silicon Valley voters just demanded that tech companies be responsible for their communities

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Taxing big tech is a popular idea among residents of cities profoundly shaped by the industry. San Francisco, Mountain View, and East Palo Alto have all approved new taxes pulling money from big tech to fund housing and homelessness programs, public transportation and bike paths, and local STEM e...

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Can people be saved from a terrible childhood?

The Guardian

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As more research has found links between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative health outcomes, a growing number of organizations and sectors are incorporating trauma-informed screening and training into their work. Police officers, primary care pediatricians, parents, and school coun...

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Mapping movement: How data experts track informal transport

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the information for government officials and others to use to improve trip planning serv...

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Boosting Voter Turnout One Text at a Time

Medium

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In order to improve voter turnout, Los Angeles radio station KPCC created the Human Voter Guide—a staff member who answered questions and helped people navigate election laws to get them registered or ensure they were able to vote. The Human Voter Guide fielded over 300 questions and established ...

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The Country That Can Jail You For Using Plastic Bags

BBC

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Countries across the world are aiming to reduce their plastic waste. African countries, however, are leading the way with a variety of techniques. Kenya in particular has taken one of the most drastic approaches by having plastic bags in one's possession punishable by $40,000 or even jail time.

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What If Hip Hop Can Make Architecture and Planning Better?

Next City

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Kids will be the ones carrying out the effects of current city planning efforts. To get kids involved in city planning at a young age, Michael Ford started a series of “Hip Hop Architecture Camps.” By teaching about building, development, and neighborhoods through the lens of hip hop music, young...

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