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One surprising barrier to success in college: Understanding higher education lingo

The Hechinger Report

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Many financial aid and orientation papers are written at the reading level of college seniors and graduate students, posing barriers for students trying to navigate the college application process and beyond. The University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte are two univer...

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Building Resilience and Preserving History in Charleston

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Charleston, South Carolina's Eastside neighborhood takes strides towards building efficient infrastructure by implementing a weatherization and flood protection plan. The plan, though in early stages, has included community voices and feedback to ensure disenfranchised populations in the area are...

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Black People Are Charged at a Higher Rate Than Whites. What if Prosecutors Didn't Know Their Race?

The New York Times

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has been instituting “blind charging,” making it impossible to see someone’s name, race, and other demographics before deciding to charge them with a crime. This new practice comes as a response to accusations of racial bias and profiling when deciding...

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Rural students often go unnoticed by colleges. Can virtual counseling put them on the map?

The Hechinger Report

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A variety of nonprofit and philanthropic programs have started offering virtual college counseling to students living in rural communities. Through these setups, recent college graduates are often paired with students at schools where there are no full-time counselors or where the ratio of counse...

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The End of the Polling Booth

The New York Times

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In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, the traditional polling place has all but disappeared. In its place is the rise of the mail-in ballot, a convenient, inclusive method where states mail ballots to every registered voter--automatically. Evidence from all three of those states, as well as five C...

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The Sights and Sounds of Collaboration in Newark

CivicStory

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration. Participants first brain storm questions, introduce themselves, and then decide...

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Can You Reshape Your Brain's Response To Pain?

NPR

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People who experience trauma in their early childhood are at a higher likelihood of experiencing chronic pain in later years, which often goes untreated. However, emotional awareness and expression therapy, which combines talk therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy, has shown significant succe...

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La Cruz Succeeds in Lowering Record Teen Pregnancy Numbers

Voz de Guanacaste

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Throughout the province of Guanacaste, teen pregnancy is among one of the difficulties facing the region, but collaborative efforts in La Cruz are working to reverse the trend. From expanding access to birth control to holding educational workshops, the local communities have already seen a decre...

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'Come and See Me—My Grave Is Open': Finding Life After Deportation in Nogales, Sonora

Pacific Standard

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For many people who were deported to Mexico after decades living in the United States, the city of Nogales provides a renewed sense of community. The city is home to the Centro de Sueños rehabilitation center, or Dream Center, a place where many Mexican individuals deported by the U.S. Immigratio...

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Blight is eating American cities. Here's how Mobile, Alabama, stopped it

FastCompany

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While the entire nation struggles to combat blight and rundown housing, the city of Mobile, Alabama put together a task force and managed to slow the spread of blight in the town and even change the state constitution. Now, the city is able to purchase blighted houses, make necessary repairs, and...

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Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again'

CBC News

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In Vancouver, a program at the Crosstown Clinic is combatting drug overdoses by administering low-dose heroin to people who use drugs to keep them from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The idea behind this approach is to treat the addiction like a medical problem rather than a criminal one.

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For Remote Communities In Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Mobile Libraries Are A Lifeline

NPR

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Mobile libraries provide a crucial point of engagement for remote communities. In Scotland, the country’s mobile library service has provided residents of its Western Isles with access to books, Gaelic culture, and a chance to socialize within a very rural setting since the 1950s. The service bec...

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