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A Greener Afterlife

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning machinery use, only allowing biodegradable caskets – or no caskets at all – and keep...

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Breaking the cycle of poverty: Cambridge housing program prepares young residents for college - The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

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A program run by the Cambridge Housing Authority that provides wraparound support to students in eighth grade through sophomore year of college has helped two-thirds of program alumni move out of the city's public housing. Classes and mentoring sessions focus on career preparation, job training, ...

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In Chicago, Police Violence Survivors Heal Through Song

Yes! Magazine

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Communal healing represents reparations in action. The Chicago Torture Justice Center, created in 2015 through a Chicago City Council reparations ordinance, advocates for wrongfully imprisoned Black men, as well as for victims of violence and torture at the hands of police. At the community cente...

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Tech giants and 2-year colleges are teaming up to teach in-demand skills

Education Dive

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Amazon has developed a cloud computing certificate. It is one of a growing number of technology companies partnering with community colleges and increasingly four year colleges to offer vendor-specific curriculum. But critics don't believe colleges will be able to change coursework as fast as the...

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Drive-thru brothels: why cities are building 'sexual infrastructure'

The Guardian

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Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Germany (where there are "sex drive-throughs" that are equipped with safety feature...

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Largest solar-powered farm in Idaho sees a profit

Twin Falls Times-News

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Installing solar power on thousand-acre farms may seem like a daunting task, and yet Russell Shiermeier not only was able to do it, but profit from it. Because of a mutually beneficial relationship with Idaho Power, the solar electricity he generates helps lighten the region’s power load in the s...

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