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November 17, 2012

Bike share programs are increasingly popular, with nearly 200 programs setup world wide.
In Boston the Hubway allows riders to take out a sturdy bike for 30 minutes at a time to help commuters the last mile of their commute. Other programs exist in cities as diverse as Hangzhou, China, and Minneapolis, Minn.
At the North Station TD Garden Center, where the Celtics play basketball, thousands of commuters arrive in Boston every day from the North Shore. Like a lot of people, Peter Dolan uses the Hubway for the last mile of his commute.
"It’s about a 15-minute ride to my office from here ...

November 15, 2012

Following the lead of counterparts across New England and in most of the countrys snowier climes, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation this afternoon unveiled its first salt brine production plant to produce anti-icing liquid for the states highways. The $160,000 BrineXtreme not counting the price of a 4,000-gallon tanker truck, storage tanks, and other infrastructure and paraphernalia can churn out more than 6,000 gallons of brine an hour.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says $3 million worth of additional energy efficiency rebates are being made available to Connecticut victims of Superstorm Sandy.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's child welfare agency and medical providers are working to improve detection and reporting of child abuse, including setting new guidelines for examining injured children.

November 13, 2012

BOSTON (AP) MBTA commuter rail customers who take the train out of North Station can now simply flash their smartphones to show conductors their tickets.

November 11, 2012

As America's cities grow and expand, there's great opportunities—but there are also significant challenges. Twenty innovative metros are vying for $9 in grant money to address their city's greatest needs.
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November 6, 2012

Richard Swinney said Monday that the new valet service at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center is a great service.

I love this. I think its one of the smartest things theyve ever done, said Swinney, a veteran from Foyil. Theres always been a shortage of parking here and this is the perfect solution.

November 5, 2012

You may have heard about smart cars, but what about smart streets? A plan for modernizing European highways has been generating a lot of buzz from civil engineers worldwide, reports Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan.read more

From army trucks to extra voting days, storm damaged states are ready for Election Day.

November 3, 2012

Pennsylvania federal court officials announced the launch of a new system for reintegrating veterans into society after they run afoul of the law.

October 31, 2012

Jean-Francois Mayet, the mayor of Chteauroux, introduced free ridership in a bid to turn around his town's failing transit system. Eleven years later, total ridership has increased 208 percent. Henry Grabar examines whether free transit is scalable.
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In Africa, necessity is the mother of invention and Tech4Africa showcases the innovators transforming lives in the continentAs a teenager No Diakubama made a sketch of Mbandaka, on the Congo river, so as not to get lost in the forest while picking a vegetable called fumbwa. "I remember never having seen a map of the city," he says. Thirty years later, maps of the city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are still in short supply. So Diakubama decided to create the first one of his home city. He spent hours at his computer in Brussels, where he now lives, using Google Map Maker software ...

Walk-in center links homeless, services

The 49-year-old was one of the first people to take advantage of San Francisco's new Every Day Connect, a smaller, daily version of the popular Project Homeless Connect, which allows homeless people to access a host of services at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium every other month.

Chedister walked into Project Homeless Connect's offices on Van Ness Avenue unable to see well enough to play his beloved guitar or watch his favorite TV programs.

[...] the couple, who live in public housing in the Tenderloin, asked a Project Homeless Connect staff member ...

The University of Chicago pledged today to eliminate loans from the financial aid packages it offers incoming students from Chicago, the centerpiece of a new initiative aimed at helping high school students across the city succeed in college.

October 29, 2012

Joining a host of other Midwestern cities establishing land banks to help corral, clear, and repurpose their vacant properties, Kansas City will begin transferring 3,500 vacant properties it recently acquired into a city-owned land bank.read more

The computer program, called the dismounted soldier training system, is the first time the military has used virtual training for a walking squad of soldiers on the battlefield. The training allows a squad of nine soldiers to communicate and work together with others just as they might on the battlefield.

Police drones circling overhead, ready to help search for lost children, rescue stranded boaters, and capture criminals.

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