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How 60 reporters from 25 media outlets in 18 countries are finishing the work of murdered journalists

Poynter

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The Cartel Project, a collaboration of 60 journalists from 25 news organizations in 18 countries, produced a five-part series on the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martinez and on the subjects that her killers attempted to silence: particulars about drug trafficking and political corruption....

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Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians

The City

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New York Police Department banned chokeholds in 1993, to prevent unnecessary injury and death. The practice has been scrutinized especially closely since the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But despite hundreds of complaints alleging the forbidden use of chokeholds, no NYPD officer has been fired for ...

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A Florida Study Showed How to Save Energy at Home. Why Aren't More Cities and States Following Suit?

Next City

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This private-public partnership retrofitted 56 single-family homes, some with “shallow”...

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Where surveillance cameras work but the justice system doesn't

Rest of World

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Mexico City's 11-year-old video surveillance system, one of the most advanced in the world, was a massive investment in public safety: about $660 million to date to cover the city with more than 30,000 cameras and other devices. Like so much else in Mexico's law enforcement apparatus, it has done...

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This L.A. project shows that homeless housing can be done quickly and cheaply

Los Angeles Times

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A housing complex in Los Angeles was approved and constructed with unprecedented speed and at a much lower cost than traditional homeless housing projects. Using up-cycled shipping containers, the project will include amenities such as bathrooms and refrigerators for each room. Teamwork and colle...

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How Open Source Experts Identified the US Capitol Rioters

Global Investigative Journalism Network

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists from Bellingcat, the Toronto-based Citizen Lab, and Czech data archive Intellige...

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