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Megan O'Matz

16 September 2021

Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin is a leader in the movement to treat fathers as equal caregivers and to prioritize shared custody in divorces. But this fathers' rights reform, combined with outmoded ideas about women who allege domestic vi...

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Catherine Rentz

22 May 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The first DNA database in unsolved rape cases was created at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center nearly 50 years ago by a forensic pathologist who was appalled by the callous treatment of rape victims and the impunit...

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Brianna Bailey

26 January 2021

United States

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The CARES Act was meant to help small businesses, including hospitals, find financial stability during the coronavirus pandemic, but confusing guidelines and a lack of oversight have impeded the success. This reality ...

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Tony Briscoe

Haru Coryne

30 December 2020

United States

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Various government policies and programs have been implemented in Black communities facing urban decline but not all of them have been completely successful. Initiatives included: Expanding public transportation, ref...

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Amy Silverman

12 December 2020

Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, state officials recruited individuals for volunteer committees to have oversight of the state Division of Developmental Disabilities that was responsible for caring for those with developmental disabilitie...

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Joshua Kaplan

Joaquin Sapien

7 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York Police Department sex-crimes enforcement officially shifted away from arresting people selling sex to those buying it and those in the large-scale trafficking business. At the same time, the Human Trafficking...

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Annie Waldman

Heather Vogell

23 November 2020

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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Two schools in two different cities in Georgia have provided a case study for the efficacy of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In one case where masks were optional and only half of the school opted to...

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Mick Dumke

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A series of government programs designed to rebuild a neighborhood badly damaged by the 1968 Chicago uprising not only failed to achieve their goal, but actually made it worse. Hundreds of businesses in the Madison St...

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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...

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Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

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Andrew Ford

4 June 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Citizen watchdogs can hold local police accountable by using the tactics of investigative reporters that have successfully exposed systemic problems and sparked reforms. One reporter shares five approaches he’s used t...

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Alec MacGillis

3 June 2020

Germany

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Germany's creative workshare approach to stemming unemployment has prevented mass layoffs, unlike rising numbers in the United States. The German government provides payroll subsidies which allow an employer to keep o...

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Jodi S. Cohen

27 March 2020

Campbell Hill, Illinois, United States

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Illinois’ rural Trico school district didn’t have access to remote learning technology, so they turned to paper. With closure as the response to COVID-19, teachers and administrators had to find ways to cope in a regi...

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Jessica Huseman

24 March 2020

United States

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As the COVID19 pandemic continues, officials are looking ahead to the United States’ presidential election in November and considering mail-in ballots. While it is a limited-contact way of voting, it presents massive ...

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Lisa Song

15 March 2020

Daegu, South Korea

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South Korea is emerging as a model for many countries battling the spread of coronavirus, thanks to the country's quick response to initiate widespread testing and contact tracing methodology. Having learned from what...

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Jessica Huseman

12 November 2019

Ackerman, Mississippi, United States

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In Mississippi, a recent election went off without a hitch thanks to new voting machines built by nonprofit VotingWorks. The machines, which were not approved by federal or state regulators, were easy to use, set up, ...

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Lisa Song

22 May 2019

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

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This story examines the well-publicized climate-change strategy of carbon credits: the idea that a CO₂-emitting company could offset its emissions by funding anti-logging efforts, effectively "saving" the equivalent a...

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Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

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Finlay Young

11 October 2018

Monrovia, Liberia

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Created to “help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get off the street and into school," More Than Me Foundation exposed its students to widespread sexual abuse by an influential staffer. The charity lacked ...

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Marshall Allen

2 October 2018

Montana, United States

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Montana hired a former insurance industry worker to administer its health plan. She had a new strategy: simply tell the hospitals what the state would pay and also require a full accounting of drug costs. None of the ...

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Annie Waldman

30 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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To combat racial disparities in maternal health care, New York is funding a partnership program between the city and communities to improve maternal healthcare for women of color. Both public and private hospitals wil...

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Melissa Sanchez

Elliott Ramos

26 July 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When Chicago raised the fee for not having a vehicle sticker, the move seemed like a way to raise revenue without punishing compliant drivers. But now, thanks in part to racial disparities in policing, thousands of mo...

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Sara Morrison

12 July 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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An international effort to supply developing countries with low-pollution cookstoves fell short. Efforts failed to consider to what degree their new stoves really solved the problem—and whether or not people would act...

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Tik Root

18 June 2018

United States

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Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. government and a consortium of companies including Intuit and H&R Block, 70 percent of taxpayers are supposed to have access to free online tax preparation services. But Free Fi...

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Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

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