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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Rikha Sharma Rani

8 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland is making an effort to make city planning more equitable to include the needs of communities of color. "Esential Places" is the second iteration of a program that started off as "Slow Streets" and was criticiz...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

7 October 2020

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, United States

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A failed bridge construction project in the 1960s in Wyoming to mitigate the impacts of avalanches inspired Washington state to complete a similar project fifty years later. The project included an elevated bridge tha...

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Noah Omuya

3 October 2020

Soroti, Uganda

Photojournalism

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Four years later after a solar grid was installed in Uganda, residents of nearby villages are wondering when they will get some of that power. The 10-megawatt facility, which cost $19 million to build, was expected to...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

The New York Times

Johnny Harris

29 September 2020

United States

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Compared to countries that implemented early shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as France and Ireland, the U.S. "fought the virus, and the virus won." While the federal government is largely responsible, ...

WBEZ

Elliott Ramos

29 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As Chicago touts the latest in a series of anti-violence police units, a look back at the Violence Reduction Initiative launched in 2012 teaches lessons about how a program that claims credit for falling violence stil...

ProPublica

Robert Faturechi

29 September 2020

United States

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One of the most powerful tools used to reform policing practices, widely credited with restoring public faith in such troubled departments as the Los Angeles Police Department, is called a consent decree. The U.S. Jus...

CityLab

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

29 September 2020

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime-tracking mobile apps give millions of Brazilians crowdsourced data on urban violence, alerting people to dangerous places and filling gaps in government data on shootings, robberies, and other risks. But apps su...

Bloomberg

Lauren Millan Lombraña

29 September 2020

Portugal

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Led by Portugal and Spain, European nations have shifted their responses to wildfires from a heavy emphasis on suppression to a more prevention-based approach. Climate change has increased fire risk greatly. By lettin...

Wausau Pilot and Review

Peter Cameron

28 September 2020

Wausau, Wisconsin, United States

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In Wisconsin, plain-clothes law enforcement officers are teaming up with mental health experts to handle calls related to crisis intervention. The goal of the Marathon County Crisis Assessment Response Team is to redu...

Wall Street Journal

Dasl Yoon

Timothy W. Martin

25 September 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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Despite never mandating a lockdown, South Korea has been able to better control the spread of COVID-19 as compared to other countries of similar economic and development status. Focusing on information management and ...

LAist

Ryan Fonseca

24 September 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Five years after Los Angeles launched its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed on city streets have soared. By relying too heavily on the racially fraught an...

The Financial Times

Richard Milne

23 September 2020

Finland

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Finland has been able to keep their COVID-19 infection rate and death toll much lower than other countries by "shutting down rapidly" and relying on a law on preparedness that was devised after the Winter War in 1939-...

Education Next

Kelly Field

22 September 2020

United States

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Dual credit classes were a response to the increasing costs of attending college and university and to make postsecondary education more accessible to low-income students. Although, low-income and minority students ...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

Alex Brown

18 September 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are considered the best way to contain catastrophic wildfires, and fires sparked by lightning or by Native Americans once burned more land in California than has burned in 2020's record-setting fires....

USA Today

Grace Hauk

18 September 2020

United States

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Daniel Prude's death in police custody illustrates a common flaw in how police respond to mental health crises, but reform advocates disagree on whether to improve police training or bypass police almost entirely. Men...

WAVY-TV

Lex Gray

18 September 2020

Suffolk, Virginia, United States

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A school district in Virginia has implemented a two-prong solution to provide internet access to rural students during the pandemic. The indoor solution allows students to make appointments to be inside the school to ...

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