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Block Club Chicago

Pascal Sabino

22 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago students organized and, for the first time, convinced the city to rename a park in honor of Frederick and Anna Murray Douglass. The former Douglas Park was named after a Civil War era Illinois senator who advo...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Kevin Knodell

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Members of the Marine Corps in Hawaii often pull double duty: military training and endangered species protection. For example, in June, the Marines roped off 13 green sea turtle nests on a local beach. Part of their ...

Transitions Online

Tereza Engelova

26 August 2020

Czech Republic

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Czech Technical University's online learning platform, HERMES, combats terrorism based on proven methods of deradicalization of former jihadists and preventing recruitment of new people to terrorism. Interactive exerc...

The Economist

The Economist

22 August 2020

Denmark

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The border between Denmark and Germany was highly politicized and when it was set, Germans found themselves in Denmark and Danes found themselves in Germany. Each country is required to offer regional schools taught i...

The New York Times

Christina Morales

22 August 2020

United States

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Young people are using social media as an effective way to engage in conversations with their families about racism, police violence, and Black Lives Matters protests. Many share their conversations on social media an...

South Dakota News Watch

Nick Lowrey

21 August 2020

South Dakota, United States

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Contact tracing has been touted as an effective tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and has shown success in countries such as South Korea – helping to not just identify potential superspreader events, but to also...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

Bhekisisa

Joan van Dyk

James Oatway

20 August 2020

Gauteng, South Africa

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A color-coded system is being adopted at hospitals throughout South Africa after seeing success in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system uses red, yellow, and green color-coding to warn health care officials...

Malheur Enterprise

Pat Caldwell

13 August 2020

Wheeler County, Oregon, United States

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Several rural counties in Oregon and Idaho have managed to slow the spread of the coronavirus through early intervention strategies and community compliance. Although the low population and rural nature of the regions...

The Boston Globe

Mary Ann Sorrentino

13 August 2020

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island are "repurposing parking lots, waterfronts, and any adjacent land where an al fresco meal can be savored, public health preserved, and restaurant profits protected" during the c...

NPR

Laurel Wamsley

10 August 2020

New Zealand

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New Zealand has been able to nearly eradicate Covid-19 due to rapid intervention strategies taken by the government that were predicated on quickly identifying clusters of cases and implementing rigorous contact traci...

CNN

Julia Hollingsworth

10 August 2020

New Zealand

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New Zealand went 100 days without a single new case of Covid-19 after implementing strict restrictions which included "no takeaways, no beaches, and no driving outside of your neighborhood." Because of the government'...

Associated Press

Philip Marcelo

10 August 2020

United States

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Thousands of physicians and 60 hospital systems are participating in Civic Health Month, a nationwide effort to encourage voter participation. VotER has over 15,000 orders for “Healthy Democracy Kits,” which compile v...

WSLS-TV

Taj Simmons

6 August 2020

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

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Black Father Families unites Black fathers to provide support and education, while also countering stereotypes that Black fathers are not as competent and/or are absent from their children’s’ lives, which is often int...

Wall Street Journal

Andrew Beaton

5 August 2020

Hanover, New Hampshire, United States

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Dartmouth College's football team reduced injuries and began winning more games after the coaching staff implemented non-contact tactics into practices, such as using robotic tackling dummies in place of the players t...

The New York Times

Melissa Eddy

5 August 2020

Germany

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Since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany emerged as "one of the highest testers per capita in the world," due to decentralizing the creation and distribution of testing kits, requiring that tests be fu...

The Atlantic

Ed Yong

4 August 2020

United States

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The U.S. has recorded a worldwide record number of COVID-19 cases after missteps and overall lack of action from the federal government limited the nation's response, but in some areas of the country where local insti...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

The New York Times

Jason Horowitz

31 July 2020

Rome, Italy

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Italy, once a major hotspot for Covid-19 cases, has seen a significant decrease in the spread of the coronavirus after implementing strict government regulations including mandatory travel restrictions and isolation p...

The Guardian

Rebecca Smithers

30 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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The sales of single-use plastic bags has dropped by more than 95 percent in England’s supermarkets since 2015 when a monetary fee was introduced to encourage shoppers to reduce their plastic waste. Despite this reduct...

The New Yorker

Bill McKibben

28 July 2020

Vermont, United States

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Vermont has seen very few cases of COVID-19 compared to its neighboring states after implementing early preparedness protocols. While part of the success could be due to the small and homogeneous population of the sta...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

24 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore has reported approximately 10,000 cases of Covid-19, but the local Maryland Baptist Aged Home hasn't had a single senior resident infected due "a relatively small population of 29 residents, a strong history...

Forbes

Allison Norlian

21 July 2020

United States

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The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandated public places, businesses, facilities, and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities, including ramps, accessible entrances and bathrooms, and ...

Nigeria Health Watch

el-Hamza Misbahu

21 July 2020

Kano, Nigeria

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Arewa Radio and Freedom Radio, two stations with large audiences in Kano State, actively combat misinformation and false rumors about the coronavirus. The stations run programming that builds trust and confidence betw...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

9 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A faith-based nursing home facility in Baltimore has managed to remain free of any cases of coronavirus due to proactive and aggressive preparedness measure. Although there were concerns that implementing such restric...

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