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February 23, 2013

As New York City thieves steal smartphones and tablets in ever greater numbers, the NYPD has assigned a group of officers to hunt down the devices.

As the nation struggles to pinpoint what might help prevent violence in the wake of the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary, a program being piloted at a school in Ohio may have a solution. The theory: short bursts of therapeutic exercise, even in a health class, can boost a teen's chances of dealing with stress and adversity. View full content

We think of shared workspaces as the hot trend in fostering productivity. But libraries have been incubating innovation for millennia. A new program seeks to make libraries a key cog in fostering the start-up economy.

February 20, 2013

It is no longer enough in some schools for students to run around during gym. Now they are often taught math or English or health at the same time.

The agency released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak."

San Francisco is offering its small business community online licensing and permitting with a new tool. The release follows similar releases in other cities like Santa Cruz and New York. The announcement came through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation on Friday. The new tool – License123 is online and available for businesses to use. [...]

February 17, 2013

Sen. Charles Schumer, who pushed the Drug Enforcement Administration for its creation, called it the first of its kind in the country.

President Obamas plan would involve the federal government working with states to help families get access to preschool.

The federal website received mixed reviews after launching Tuesday.

February 14, 2013

The low-lying city of 50,000 across the Hudson River from Manhattan was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer wants to city to serve as a model for how to develop a uniquely urban approach to extreme storm preparation.

February 11, 2013

Offering a list of policy innovations in several emerging mega-cities, URB.im managing editor Josephine dAllant argues for empowerment over charity in the battle to improve conditions for the urban poor.

February 9, 2013

To give domestic-violence victims a chance to escape abusers who ignore restraining orders against them, judges in Orange and Osceola counties will begin mandating the use of GPS-tracking devices in what they deem the highest-risk cases.

February 5, 2013

S.F. library eyes laptop-lending kiosks

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Updated 4:28 pm, Sunday, February 3, 2013

The library wants to earmark $99,500 in its upcoming budget to purchase three laptop lending kiosks that would boost the number of available computers and remove the human element from the current system where librarians check out portable computers to patrons for inside use.

Worthwhile investmentBut the library says ...

February 2, 2013

Could Vienna's century of experience in creating housing that is both affordable and attractive offers lessons for how the U.S. can address its growing affordability crisis? In the Austrian capital, more regulation, not less, leads to cheaper rents.

This Model Bullying Prevention Policy is a comprehensive strategy that was developed for all youth-serving agencies in the District of Columbia. The policy employs a three-level public health model to prevent bullying, which involves shifting agency norms; delivering services to at-risk youth; and responding to bullying incidents in a way that inhibits subsequent acts, with an emphasis on data analysis to measure intervention success. The policy was developed by the Urban Institute in collaboration with the 42-members of the District of Columbia Mayor's Bullying Prevention Task Force and Office ...

February 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The city of Portland will count the number of its homeless residents.

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