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The New York Times

Caroline Preston

25 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, the over-policing of drug users has been extensive and frequently racially biased. Looking for a new solution, the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program, driven by a harm reduction philosophy, ...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

Matt Woolbright

24 October 2016

Colorado, United States

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Colorado employs a wide array of methods to increase voter turnout, and it pays off. The state is one of the country's most successful in terms of voter turnout, thanks to Election Day voter registration, mail-in ball...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

20 October 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail seeks to short-circuit the cycle of violence by involving young men from the city's most violent zip codes in a program that includes counseling, conflict resolution and anger management. Th...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

20 October 2016

Syria

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“100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives,” is a scholarship program providing opportunities for Syrian women in higher education institutions. As a result of the Syrian war, the rate of women enrolled in universities an...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

15 October 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Restorative justice, a process that originated in New Zealand, aims to repair damaged relationships rather than merely meting out punishment. It can be far more demanding than a traditional route through court, but fo...

High Country News

Lyndsey Gilpin

9 October 2016

Center, Colorado, United States

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The Migrant Education Program, which offers educational and social services to migrant worker families in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is growing in popularity among the valley’s migrant worker population, and has rece...

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Johnny Magdaleno

5 October 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. To solve this problem, the Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque, a city wide initiative was formed. Their strategy is to train, hire and b...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

5 October 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Mississippians who receive earned probation for crimes that do not carry a death sentence or involve deadly weapons will now have access to high-school equivalency education, alcohol and drug counseling, re-entry and ...

Governing

J.B. Wogan

1 October 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Different states have demanded welfare recipients to work and report their logged hours to a welfare counselor, but this practice can make welfare recipients feel more like a statistic than real people. Ramsey County,...

Quartz

Cassie Werber

29 September 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Cameras worn on police uniforms have been lauded as a possible solution to many of the problems facing officers in the line of duty, from violence against law enforcement to the unnecessary use of force. The US Depart...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 September 2016

New Hampshire, United States

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center geriatrician Dr. John Batsis has obtained a $796,500 grant to develop a home-based system of helping obese seniors lose weight, build muscle, and improve their strength using technol...

Reuters

Chris Arsenault

28 September 2016

Brasilia, Brazil

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13 years ago, Brazil didn't have satellite data or heat mapping to track illegal logging. Neither did they have weapon wielding agents working to stop ecological crime. These tools, in addition to the help of indigeno...

Richland Source

Brittany Schock

27 September 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Richland County, OH has a 7.3 percent infant mortality rate per 1,000 infants born, which is one point higher than the national rate. The rate is influenced by socio-economic issues and a lack of pre-and post-natal ca...

CityLab

Linda Poon

16 September 2016

San Diego, California, United States

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What can you do to enjoy time with Alzheimer’s patients? A suburb near San Diego has recently opened a new town square with architecture designed to look like it is from the 1950s. The space offers aging baby boomers...

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Johnny Magdaleno

16 September 2016

San Jose, California, United States

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In San Jose, manufacturing jobs can help reduce the economic inequalities in the region. Youth from marginalized communities are being recruited to join a high tech manufacturing job with the potential for career adva...

Santa Fe Public Radio (KSFR)

Ellen Berkovitch

12 September 2016

Chimayo, New Mexico, United States

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Chimayo, New Mexico has a heroin overdose rate that is five times the national rate. Barrios Unidos is a community center in Chimayo that offers drug abuse treatment to whole families through community therapy and hol...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

10 September 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Highline school district in Washington implemented a radical new strategy to break the school-to-prison pipeline based on mounting data that suspending students pushed them into a vicious cycle of violence and del...

The Atlantic

Leah Todd

7 September 2016

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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ERs are often ill-equipped to handle mentally ill patients and cause them more stress than they do help, furthermore, these recurring patients are costly. Mi Esperanza, a wellness center in CO, reduces unnecessary and...

Akron Beacon Journal

Stephanie Warsmith

30 August 2016

United States

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Across the country, various communities are struggling with a heroin usage epidemic. This article highlights communities taking unique approaches to this problem,whether it is innovate treatment recruitment or early p...

The Chicago Reader

Maya Dukmasova

25 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Police abolitionism, an idea that strikes many as fanciful and dangerous, lies at the root of many community projects in Chicago that have demonstrated on a small scale the ways that problems can be solved without pol...

The New Yorker

Siddhartha Mukherjee

22 August 2016

United States

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In the past two years, Zika virus has arisen as one of the most pressing public health concerns. This piece charts the worldwide efforts by doctors using new technology to develop a vaccine for Zika.

The Ithaca Voice

Melissa Whitworth

20 August 2016

Ithaca, New York, United States

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In Ithaca, New York, Catholic churches are teaming up with local collaborators to utilize the services they already provide through a new role - that of a resettlement agency.

TakePart

Kyle Dickman

19 August 2016

California, United States

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In California’s Sequoia National Park firefighters are using controlled fires as a tool to reduce the damage of wildfires as well as an instrument to protect the current species.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 August 2016

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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The development of the ACE score in the late 1990s revealed that the causes behind many serious social issues-- from violence to graduation rates to poverty-- were rooted in trauma and stress experienced by the indivi...

Christian Science Monitor

Lonnie Shekhtman

16 August 2016

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Many businesses are in need of technical-skilled laborers, however, such training has decreased in the last 30 years. A few non-profits are working with employers in the region to provide "skill-based" training for fr...

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