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March 13, 2013

Classes like wood shop or auto shop used to be called vocational classes. They were known as an academic dumping ground for students who weren't succeeding in a regular classroom. But a lot has changed. In the rural mid-Michigan school district of Stockbridge, classes now offer a pathway to college, and a way to gain skills to pay tuition.

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The rats of NYC subways are resilient. The city is an especially well-suited home for the critters, which explains why the Big Apple has millions of them, even if some were displaced from the subway after Sandy. The latest plan to stem the tide? Sterilize them.
Traditional methods like trapping and poisoning are already being used, but there are a lot of rats down there, and this could potentially slow the population in a more humane way. A sweet-salty, sterilizing chemical called Contrapest will be placed in subway bait ...

Hacking Your Way to Better Government

March 10, 2013

The captains of each of the five districts are to focus on community outreach in the city, where police and residents have a long, troubled history.

March 9, 2013

A new program has been helping Superstorm Sandy victims keep their homes out of foreclosure.

March 7, 2013

Public libraries are lending all sorts of weird and wonderful items to stay relevant.

March 5, 2013

March 4, 2013

Watch Video Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Now a story about trash.
As the nation produces more and more, one city is trying to eliminate all of it.
NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
SPENCER MICHELS: Each year, Americans throw away about 250 million tons of garbage. That's roughly four pounds per person per day.
You can find all manner of trash in a landfill, old bent music stands, plastic bags, and a lot of items that could have been recycled, like bottles and cardboard. Beyond the obvious blight they cause, landfills create environmental damage and emit harmful greenhouse ...

Mobile apps created by federal agencies will help you track NASA missions, travel smoothly and even get tax advice. Check out our latest guide to apps from Uncle Sam.

The New York City Police Department has embarked on a novel approach to deter juvenile robbers, staging interventions in an effort to dissuade those youths most likely to commit crime.

Advocates say the developed world's desire to light up the night is having some unintended consequences. This summer, Paris will try dimming its street lights, turning it into the City of [Fewer] Lights.

March 1, 2013

New Jersey is moving to biometrics for managing part of its homeless services programs. Fulcrum Biometrics worked with New Jersey Business Systems Eyemetric division to develop and deploy a new, biometrically-enabled homeless services management system based on the FbF modular development framework. The work with Bergen County provided a test case to expand the system [...]

February 26, 2013

Steve Lohr profiles New York University's Center for Urban Science and Progress, which is beginning to generate dividends in its study, and application of, smart city technology.

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.

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