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Towson University professor aims to bolster local election security at voting sites

The Baltimore Sun

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More than 1,930 Maryland poll workers were trained to protect ballot integrity from security threats based on research about where those threats may come from. The program, one of the few in the country focused on election security at polling places themselves, was developed by a researcher inspi...

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9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

CityLab

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Jaywalking laws fail at their ostensible goal of protecting pedestrians, while increasing the risk of volatile encounters between the police and people of color, who are disproportionately targeted by enforcement efforts. Heavy-handed and selective enforcement in U.S. cities has failed to slow th...

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In Rural Virginia, Remote Schoolwork Is Powered by the Sun

The Daily Yonder

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Louisa County schools in Virginia are delivering internet to students living in rural areas through solar-powered hot spots, built by the school's own students. The hotspot is powered by solar panels and receives internet connectivity through cellular or satellite means. Over 22 units have been p...

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San Francisco Doula Program Tackles Birth Equity and Economic Justice in One Fell Swoop

Next City

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A doula program in San Francisco is helping to create jobs and build equity in maternal health, especially for Black mothers. Training is free for the client as well as for the doulas, with trainees also receiving mentorship and full benefits. To date, the organization has raised nearly $1 millio...

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Philanthropies flow funds to climate technologies

The Washington Post

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Philanthropies are funding “tough tech” startups that are developing technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. Since 2014, the nonprofit Prime Coalition has channeled more than $24 million from wealthy donors and foundations to 10 ventures focused on...

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‘The strength of people's hearts': Venezuelan doctors, neighbors unite

Christian Science Monitor

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Facing a shortage of supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic and with little help from the government on the horizon, doctors and community members across Venezuela "created a grassroots support network" as a means of making sure doctors would be properly outfitted to treat patients. Between poole...

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