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The Seattle model Ithaca may use to shatter drug-jail cycle

The Ithaca Voice

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The law often traps offenders in a cycle of lawbreaking. LEAD allows for drug users to become committed to a program that helps them through the quitting process instead of throwing them into prison and isolating them from the help they need.

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The Rewards of Renewal

The New York Times

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

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Crime and blight still remain

Fayetteville Observer

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education and health in the area.

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Dealing with blight complaints requires new approach, Memphis says

Fayetteville Observer

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Where All Work Is Created Equal

The New York Times

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Countries all over the world are creating community, diversifying relationships, and giving a purpose to people who felt useless through time banks, where people swap their services using time as the currency.

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Migration outlier: How Nicaragua escaped neighbors' deadly spiral

Reuters

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Crushing poverty and extreme violence - fueled by drug trafficking and police corruption - are behind a mass migration of Central American children to the United States in recent months that has overwhelmed U.S. border resources and driven illegal immigration to the fore in U.S. congressional ele...

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How to Feed the Hungry, Faster

The New York Times

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America is the world’s main supplier of food aid to impoverished countries; however, food aid has the problems of long-distance transportation, cost of the transportation and storage, and the navigation through dangerous zones. Different programs around the world are experimenting with alternati...

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In Famine, Vouchers Can Be Tickets to Survival

The New York Times

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The supply of emergency food aid in violence-plagued nations is fraught with problems of costly expense, the poor waiting in line to receive food, and navigating the food through dangerous zones. World Concern, a Seattle based Christian humanitarian group, provides people with vouchers they can u...

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News Flash: Progress Happens

The New York Times

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A look at several of the social programs featured here in 2011 that made progress in their mission to help others.

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