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Sheriff inherited a department rotted by corruption. His reform effort is a work in progress 24.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Jim McDonnell was in his first year as Los Angeles County sheriff, leading the agency after a highly publicized jail abuse scandal, when he charged his staff with an unusual request.

He wanted his department to have a theme song, like in the U.S. military, where each branch has an anthem.

Perhaps...

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Why diversity in sustainability matters, and what you can do 23.5.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Here's what some are — and aren't — doing to fight whitewashing in the green movement.
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Bright Hope's new pastor from Baltimore known for community development and activism 23.5.2018 Philly.com News
The Rev. Darron D. McKinney Sr., who led a church in Baltimore during unrest after Freddie Gray was killed, was installed as the sixth senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in its 108-year history.
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Why Philly's crumbling libraries aren't just libraries anymore | Mike Newall 19.5.2018 Philly.com News
In Philadelphia, it's becoming increasingly clear that libraries are not just repositories - they're dynamically responding to the needs of the people they serve.
Chicago's chief small business officer hopes to make grandmother proud 14.5.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
Kenya Merritt, Chicago’s chief small business officer, comes by her love of this city honestly. She grew up on the West Side, daughter of a CTA bus driver and granddaughter of 94-year-old Dorothy Anderson, who moved to Chicago from Tupelo, Miss. in 1965 and still resides in North Lawndale. As ...
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California’s defiance of immigration law creates stark divides 14.5.2018 Washington Post
California’s defiance of immigration law creates stark divides
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Talking schools with L.A. Unified's new superintendent 13.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
Incoming L.A. Unified superintendent Austin Beutner sits for an interview with the education team.
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How can the D.C. region absorb an Amazon headquarters if it can’t cope now with gridlock and housing costs? 13.5.2018 Washington Post
How can the D.C. region absorb an Amazon headquarters if it can’t cope now with gridlock and housing costs?
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We asked congressional hopeful Ashley Lunkenheimer about her family-funded super PAC, Trump and more | #PA5 12.5.2018 Philly.com News
The former federal prosecutor said she has "not coordinated" with the super PAC.
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Midwestern voters gave Trump a chance. Now, they’re the key to his political future. 11.5.2018 Washington Post
Over the first 15 months of the Trump presidency, The Post visited the Midwest for extended and sometimes repeated interviews with residents. What emerged is a story of how attitudes toward the president have changed, told through the voices of people in a unique part of Trump Nation.
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West Virginia Teachers Won Their Strike. Now, They’re Rebuilding the Local Economy. 7.5.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  It’s early January, but the high tunnel at Mount View High School in McDowell County, West Virginia, is sweltering. High tunnels are inexpensive greenhouses, unheated but covered in plastic, that make it easier for farmers to extend the growing season for their fruits and vegetables. In this case, it’s strawberries: About 300 strawberry plants, donated by a McDowell farmer, are growing in raised beds. The students at Mount View chose to plant the strawberries, says Jenny Totten, who works with the high school students as the McDowell County Community Development Coordinator at the West Virginia Community Development Hub. The students don’t get to make a lot of their own decisions, she says. So she lets them choose what they want to do, whether it’s the work that they’ll do in the high tunnel or what they’ll make with the harvested plants. The kids don’t just learn gardening and cultivating, but also how to ...
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Closing the information gap on Texans’ energy burdens 4.5.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Closing the information gap on Texans’ energy burdens
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Can mini-grids solve sustainable energy access? 30.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Community energy and mini-grids are promising models for reducing global energy poverty, but the nascent sector is still far from proven.
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Solar farms set to sprout across Illinois 22.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
A new crop is ready to sprout on Illinois farms, with gleaming solar panels supplanting rows of corn and soybeans. Drawn by new state requirements and incentives, renewable energy developers are staking out turf on the rural fringes of the Chicago area and beyond, looking to build dozens of ...
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Why America Needs More Social Housing 16.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  The quest to provide what has come to be called “affordable housing” in America is hobbled by one fundamental reality. Too much housing is in the market sector and too little is in a social sector permanently protected from rising prices. The result is that supply and demand relentlessly bids up market prices. Government is required to provide deeper and deeper subsidies to keep rents within the bounds of incomes, so fewer and fewer people get any kind of help. This is true whether the form of public subsidy is tax breaks, direct subsidies, vouchers, or deals with developers to set aside some percent of units as affordable. In most cities, the median rent far exceeds what median incomes can afford. In cities with hot housing markets, homeownership is even further beyond reach for those who do not already own homes, exacerbating competition for scarce apartments. The idea of having a permanent sector of ...
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How a North Philly 8-year-old girl, traumatized by fire, found help 13.4.2018 Philly.com News
The kids who come here for therapy have stress related to having incarcerated parents and exposure to violence or abuse. Several have lived through fires.
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Robert F. Kennedy: Teachings for Today 13.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . An emblem of Robert Kennedy’s capacity to reach across racial lines was the way he campaigned in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, when he ran for president in 1968. He made a point to appear together with Mayor Richard Hatcher, the first post-Reconstruction African American mayor of a large city, and Tony Zale, a white local hero who was the middleweight boxing champion of the world. That reach has often been noted over the years, with the added note that many of the city’s white residents who voted for RFK went on to vote for Governor George Wallace in the general election after Kennedy died. I start there because we have never more needed to bring our people together. Of course, Robert Kennedy’s brother was the fallen president, and many of the whites who voted for RFK were Catholic. But there is much more to it. He listened to people, including people who disagreed with him, and definitely of all races. ...
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First-ever evictions database shows: 'We're in the middle of a housing crisis' 12.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 -- a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," he says.
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Transcript: Loretta Lynch talks Cohen, Clinton on the tarmac and James Comey’s ‘queasy feeling’ 12.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Transcript: Loretta Lynch talks Cohen, Clinton on the tarmac and James Comey’s ‘queasy feeling’
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Transcript of Zuckerberg’s second day of questioning on the Hill 12.4.2018 Washington Post
Transcript of Zuckerberg’s second day of questioning on the Hill
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