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Marisa Iati

13 August 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long...

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Lori Aratani

2 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Officials who want to improve Washington D.C.'s unreliable metro system look to the Chicago Transportation Authority to find examples of success in rebuilding a subway system. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel prioritized up...

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Susan Svrluga

8 July 2019

Newtown, Connecticut, United States

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After losing their children at Sandy Hook, many parents began receiving heavy online harassment, including death threats. But then they began to fight back. As a founder of the HONR Network, Lenny Pozner and other par...

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Mikhail Zhinshteyn

27 June 2019

Rochester, Minnesota, United States

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By partnering with the Mayo Clinic, focusing on just two bachelor's degree programs (in health sciences), and emphasizing the importance of close support systems between faculty and students, the decade-old University...

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Peter Holley

3 June 2019

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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As former inmates face the immense challenge of finding employment post-incarceration, some have turned to YouTube as a way of turning their stories into financial security. With just a handful of prison channels garn...

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Laura Meckler

15 May 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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To combat emotional distress that many students are facing, schools across the nation are implementing mock funerals, allowing students to figuratively "bury their pain." Although issues at focus range from drunk driv...

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Peter Holley

29 April 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The London Marathon debuted a new, environmentally conscious way of keeping runners hydrated: edible seaweed pouches filled with sports drink. The pouches, or “Ooho,” created by Skipping Rocks Labs, can be eaten along...

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Steven Mufson

19 April 2019

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

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Three major US companies are leading the way in developing the technology to extract carbon dioxide from the air: Global Thermostat, Carbon Engineering, and Climeworks. With federal tax credits per ton of carbon dioxi...

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Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

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Samantha Schmidt

26 March 2019

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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Female students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland took a stand inspired by the #MeToo movement when their male classmates circulated a list they had made ranking the girls on the basis of their looks. Wh...

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Debbie Truong

24 March 2019

Vienna, Virginia, United States

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A move towards solar energy in schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, has been spurred by environmentally-aware students. It’s working because of power purchase agreements, which make solar panels affordable. In these a...

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Terrence McCoy

13 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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What started as a far-out concept in Berkeley, California, the goal of becoming zero-waste has spread to cities across the world. The idea makes individuals, communities, and governments think differently about what t...

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Nina Hall

9 December 2018

Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Global Compact for Migration, the first international agreement on migration under the United Nations, affirms the human rights of migrants and refugees and notes the benefits of migration. However, the impact of ...

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Pamela Constable

8 December 2018

Kartarpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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For 70 years, India’s Sikhs have faced barriers to visiting one of the holiest sites in their religion, a template just three miles across the border in Pakistan. Now, the Pakistani government has announced plans to o...

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Lenny Bernstein

27 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Employers are creating “recovery friendly’ workplaces by providing support for employees with substance use disorders in the same manner as they would for employees who needed support for any other disease. A job and...

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Steven Rich

9 November 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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Sacramento is implementing a program developed in 2011 in Richmond, Calif., that showed success curtailing gun violence among young men caught up in gangs or potential shootings. They get numerous social services and ...

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Michael Ollove

4 November 2018

California, United States

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While maternal mortality rates climbed in the United States, California decreased its incidence of maternal death in childbirth. A collaborative group formed to study the issue and started the Maternal Data Center to ...

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Karla Adam

27 October 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow used to be known as the murder capital of Europe. But police began tackling crime as a public health issue and partnered with doctors, social workers and educators, while also increasing stops and searches of ...

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Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

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Joshua Partlow

26 October 2018

Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico

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A small Mexican town called Pijijiapan is embracing the recent migrant crisis with open arms. When they heard that a caravan of migrants was passing through soon, the entire community pitched in to welcome them with f...

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Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

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Amy Ellis Nutt

23 September 2018

Austin, Minnesota, United States

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In order to reduce autism stigma, the city of Austin, Minn., became an autism-friendly town. A system was created to label businesses as autism-friendly, if they implement specific requirements that reduce autism trig...

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Vidhi Doshi

23 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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India launched a new nationwide healthcare program dubbed “Modicare.” The massive plan is supposed to provide healthcare to 500 million people. Most importantly, it will provide “poor families insurance of up to $6,95...

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Luisa Beck

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14 September 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Although commonplace in many parts of the world, Berlin has recently adopted the practice of using water fountains to cut back on plastic bottle usage. Not everyone supports this environmental push, but the mayor is h...

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Marrisa J. Lang

Arelis R. Hernández

11 September 2018

United States

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Immigrant Families Together is a coalition of volunteers trying reunify parents and children that were separated due to the Donald Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy. They are paying for bonds, releasing i...

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