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Billy Penn

Michaela Winberg

Max Marin

29 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Since early 2019, a mental-health crisis response center, the West Philadelphia Consortium, has worked to get the police to call in the consortium's mobile crisis team to de-escalate crises and get people into treatme...

Reason

Elizabeth Nolan Brown

29 October 2020

United States

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The Violence Against Women Act was billed as a way to make a patriarchal society, and policing profession in particular, take domestic violence more seriously. It encouraged policies making arrest of alleged abusers m...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Athena

29 October 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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In Boulder, Colorado those working to address the increasing rate of homelessness are reallocating resources to support longterm housing options as opposed to the traditional temporary services – such as shelters. Alt...

Bloomberg

Cindy Wang

Samson Ellis

28 October 2020

Taiwan

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Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Taiwan has recorded less than 600 cases and fewer than 7 deaths due to a rapid response from the government to close borders, introduce contact tracing and implement quarant...

FastCompany

Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

United States

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

The Washington Post

Tom Jackman

Dan Morse

27 October 2020

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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A de-escalation training program from the Police Executive Research Forum, used by 85 police agencies already, was shown in Louisville to reduce police officers' use of force by 28%. The training resulted in 26% fewer...

The Oregonian

Molly Harbarger

Melissa Lewis

25 October 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Temporary housing providing drug treatment and other services to people experiencing homelessness appears to cut the chances that people arrested in Portland on minor charges will cycle repeatedly through the criminal...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

22 October 2020

United States

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The Midwest Culture Lab consists of three organizations working to increase voter turnout among young people, especially young people of color. The partners work with artists, musicians, and other creative people to c...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

22 October 2020

United States

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Civic and advocacy groups fight disinformation targeted at Latinx voters and conduct voter registration and education outreach. Voto Latino encourages young people to help older relatives spot disinformation and train...

Education Next

Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

Montana Free Press

Amanda Eggert

21 October 2020

Billings, Montana, United States

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Nature-based preschools are gaining traction in Montana and are increasing in demand due to the pandemic. Fledglings, in Billings, and Foxtail Förskola, in Whitefish, are two preschools offering kids the opportunity t...

Science Magazine

Max G. Levy

20 October 2020

Melbourne, Australia

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Those wacky waving inflatable tube men normally seen outside car dealerships may also have a dual purpose: stopping wild dingoes from killing livestock. Inspired by a similar attempt in Oregon, scientists tested the a...

The Verge

Nicole Wetsman

19 October 2020

United States

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The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the health impacts it may have for different people prompted doctors from across the U.S. to create a national patient database to better study and understand how the virus int...

The New York Times

J. David Goodman

Dana Rubinstein

19 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Schools in New York City have, so far, been able to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic with suprisngly few cases reported and no sign yet of an outbreak. The model, which some are saying could be used at other sch...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

19 October 2020

United States

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Citizens' Assemblies, where a randomly selected representative sample of people work together to make decisions and find policy solutions to social issues, is an effective approach to decision-making that bridges pola...

NPR

Elissa Nadworny

Madeline K. Sofia

Lauren Migaki

Rebecca Ramirez

16 October 2020

Illinois, United States

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When the University of Illinois reopened during the coronavirus pandemic for on-campus student instruction, efforts focused on a fast and frequent mass testing program for staff and students. Although the case numbers...

USA Today

Pat Beall

Daphne Chen

Michael Braga

Josh Salman

16 October 2020

Florida, United States

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Alarm over child abuse within families that had been missed by neglectful child-welfare oversight, Florida responded six years ago with a crackdown that reversed official policy favoring preserving families if possibl...

The Daily Yonder

Meg McIntyre

15 October 2020

Virginia, United States

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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 inte...

Next City

Sarah Kwon

14 October 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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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 men...

NBC News

Kate Snow

14 October 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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In southern Louisiana's Lafourche Parish, sheriff's deputy Valerie Martinez Jordan used her history as a domestic violence victim to create a countywide program to legally seize the guns of people convicted of domesti...

The Washington Post

Katherine Ellison

14 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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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 mor...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

14 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Snowsheds are just one tool in Canada’s arsenal to combat the impacts avalanches can have on their complex road systems. Snowsheds are aboveground tunnels where snow can travel over it and into the river, thereby redu...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Giedrius Vitkauskas

13 October 2020

Lithuania

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Lithuanian officials are launching a contact-tracing app to better trace the path of coronavirus cases and alert people when they have potentially been exposed. Although there have been delays in the roll-out of the a...

The GroundTruth Project

La Risa Lynch

13 October 2020

Cook County, Illinois, United States

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Many people who are currently incarcerated still retain the right to vote, and as the 2020 election approaches advocates in Illinois are making sure that those who are in Chicago’s Cook County Jail have access to ball...

New York Focus

Akash V. Mehta

12 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A key part of New York state's bail system reform legislation gave judges the ability to use alternative forms of bail designed to be more affordable to more people, But, by giving judges broad discretion, the law lef...

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