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July 25, 2012

As new federal standards intended to make school food more healthful and nutritious go into effect, changes are already under way in many districts.

The Federal Housing Administration said Wednesday that it has tapped the Chicago area, along with three other housing markets hit hard by foreclosures, for a pilot program designed to stabilize neighborhoods and slow the increase in abandoned homes.

As soon as next week, Facebook users in Washington state may register to vote through an app developed by Microsoft. The initiative could mobilize young voters.

COPENHAGEN — Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersectio

July 24, 2012

For Kamal Mansoor, a small sum of money made all the difference. In 2011, the Iraqi immigrant received a $15,000 loan from Opening Doors Inc., a microlender in Sacramento – exactly what he needed to open K.A.S. Auto Sales.

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Kamal Mansoor, an Iraqi immigrant, foreground, attends a wholesale auto auction. As a way of raising capital for his Arden car lot, he borrowed $15,000 from Opening Doors. The microlender serves a market too small and risky for many banks.

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David Blicker, left, of Opening Doors, meets with Kamal Mansoor at his K.A.S. Auto Sales, which sells ...

July 18, 2012

Seven thousand students dropout of school every day in the U.S. And some researchers have dubbed middle school as the essential "make-or-break" years in determining a child's success. On Tuesday's "Frontline," called Middle School Moment, we hear the story of how one school in New York City's Bronx neighborhood is using new data in an effort to "predict and prevent dropouts before they happen." The effort aims to flag early warning signs in students long before they ever step foot in high school. Similar data collections are under way across the nation ...

July 17, 2012

Just by recycling rainwater, parks provide a service to the city, officials emphasize at a parks conference in New York.

Upending the adage that nothing gets done in D.C. these days, last week the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) released their long range plans for remaking the Southwest area of the capital, capping two years of intense debate.read more

New York also looks for citizen input on long-term future of public payphones.

July 16, 2012

Efforts to expand bicycle-friendly infrastructure across the country have revealed the importance of comprehensive planning. Peter DeMarco reports on ways in which planners in the Boston area are trying to fill in the gaps in their emerging network.
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July 12, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A new elementary school in Martinsburg has been certified as the states first "green" public school. The architect for the project, Charleston-based Williamson Shriver Architects, announced that the Spring Mills Primary ...

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July 5, 2012

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Daniel Andrews blacked out two years ago during a violent episode brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder. When the Iraq war veteran woke up, he was in the Kennebec County Jail charged with aggravated assault. Andrews, 28, is expected to graduate this fall from Maines only court designed especially for veterans.

July 3, 2012

Some New York City seniors are getting to splurge on locally grown fruits and vegetables normally too expensive for their budgets.

Plastic fillings in sofas and mattresses burn faster than older fillings, leading the New York Fire Department to reconsider some long-held ideas on how to fight fires.

July 2, 2012

The City of Pittsburgh, PA has announced an "urban forest master plan" to add more foliage to the 2.5 million trees already covering the city.
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