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August 24, 2012

From paying for the Catskill forests so they can filter water to building rain gardens to slow run-off, 'green infrastructure' is in demand from Seattle to SwedenIn Puget Sound, one of America's great estuaries, killer whales, seals, and schools of salmon swim not far from more than 3 million people who live in the Seattle region. The presence of such impressive marine life, however, belies the fact that the sound is seriously polluted. When it rains, storm water washes into the same system of underground pipes that carries the region's sewage, and 1 billion gallons a year overflow into the ...

HIGH-SPEED car chases, shoot-outs, dealing with politicians: life for a Los Angeles police officer can be trying. Yet for sheer stress little can compete with the ordeal of the Compstat meeting. Every seven weeks bureau commanders are grilled by a senior panel, often including the police chief himself, on the whys and wherefores of crime in their jurisdictions. They are expected to have an on-the-spot grasp of the statistics: if there has been a spike in burglaries from vehicles, the captains interrogators will want to know what is being done about it. There is no hiding ...

August 23, 2012

No this isn't about a gathering of "Knight Rider" enthusiasts. Rather than speaking to their leather jacket-clad drivers, the cars being tested in Michigan communicate with each other, with the goal of improving safety on the nations highways.read more

August 22, 2012

For the last year, whistle-blowers have been dishing dirt on their employers under an SEC program. The SEC has issued its first payout to a tipster under the program. NEW YORK — They've called from pay phones. They've had furtive meetings at hotels and even a church. On internal government documents, they go by code names like Mr. X.

The development of an online database to record the daily purchases of the state's pawnshops and metal dealers took a major step forward Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a funding bill.

August 21, 2012

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Television cameras should be allowed in at least one Cook County courtroom by years end, the countys top judge said Wednesday. Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans and Joseph Tybor, director of communications for the Illinois Supreme Court, discussed the mechanics behind the slow roll out of video and still photography in Cook Countys courtrooms during a meeting with local reporters and editors. In January, the Illinois Supreme Court voted to allow cameras ...

A new school superintendent in New Britain, Connecticut, is trying to stop truancy by fining parents $75.

Drones are being put to benign use in skies across several continents to track endangered wildlife, spot poachers and chart forest loss.

IN THE summer of 2011 a 16-year-old girl called Dayana Vazquez-Buquer arrived at the reception desk of Roncalli High School, a nice private school in the south side of Indianapolis. Her parents were Mexican immigrants who could not afford the $8,030 tuition fees. Yet Miss Vazquez-Buquer felt Roncalli would be better for her than her current public school and said she had heard about a new school voucher scheme that would pay most of the fees. She was correct. Today she is a student at Roncalli and on track to attend university. The voucher scheme, potentially the biggest in America, was set ...

August 19, 2012

Joint VA-DOD electronic health record project may also draw on the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent's expertise.

A controversial program in Chicago to improve the results of classroom teaching pairs prospective teachers with seasoned educators who shadow them for an entire year.

IN A small classroom four teenage boys laugh and roll their eyes at each others wisecracks. The instructor, sometimes speaking in Spanish, encourages them to think about their futures. For his family, one says, I want to buy a big-ass house. Another wants to work with cars. A third thinks a family reunion would be great. The classroom is on Rikers Island, New York Citys biggest jail. The teens are participating in the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) programme, which helps them focus on personal responsibility through cognitive behaviour therapy. The programmes ...

August 15, 2012

August 13, 2012

Minutes after a shooting near the Oakland Airport this year, police Sgt. Chris Bolton quickly fired off a flurry of text alerts to thousands of nearby residents through a social media tool for law enforcement agencies.

Legislation awaiting House action would require the Transportation Security Administration to distribute unclaimed clothing to homeless or needy veterans and their families in addition to turning over unclaimed money to the USO for its airport programs in support of the military.

Increasing time in school is one of the best ways to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor students, education advocates say.

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