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Behind LA's dramatic decline in gang violence

The Huffington Post

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In the past, Los Angeles was a dangerous city fraught with gang wars. Lately, though, LA has become a safer city due to six changes enforced by the police cracking down on public violence and gangs.

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Colombia's Data-Driven Fight Against Crime

The New York Times

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Colombia attempts to decrease murder and homicide rates by setting up curfews for teenagers, forcing bars to close earlier in the evening, and creating gun laws to prevent the carrying of weapons.

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Hot, Crowded and Smart

Next City

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has set up rules to limit water use and has recycled water for conservation frugal i...

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How one of America's most dangerous cities reduced gun violence

Al Jazeera

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Richmond, California ranked among the highest homicide rates in the country. The city created the Office of Neighborhood Safety to engage the community in the effort to curb gun violence and prevent homicides. ONS works directly with the young people who are at risk and have succeeded in reducing...

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Out of India's Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity

The New York Times

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did away with expensive garbage trucks, and now all household garbage is collected by...

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Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor

The New York Times

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Renovating and furnishing a home can be hugely expensive. Homeowners who are renovating on a budget can find used luxury kitchens and other lightly used fixtures at stores like Green Demolitions.

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Recycling Unused Medicines to Save Money and Lives

The New York Times

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One in five seniors reports cutting back on basics like food or heat to afford prescription drugs - for many, cutting back on medicine led to faster health declines, increased hospitalizations and premature death. Sirum, a new nonprofit, was designed to make it easy for institutions to donate med...

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A Fla. District Leads in Violence Prevention

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school case managers” who build relationships with students, and they offer a youth court...

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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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