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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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For these federally funded positions, only veterans need apply.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is launching a network which aims to give educators and administrators who will be operating in Innovation Schools a platform to share best practices and support.

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Chicago would finally legalize mobile food trucks with cooking on the premises, but sharply restrict their numbers and locations, under a proposed mayoral compromise unveiled Monday.

Many governmental entities across the nation are looking at new money-raising strategies to keep from cutting services.

June 24, 2012

Announced this week by Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, a new program being launched by the Department of City Planning on July 2 will seek to dramatically improve the time it takes a project to traverse the city's land use approval process.
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LaHood distributes $500 million; transportation bill stalls.

The city of New York has launched a series of initiatives designed to improve broadband access. The city is emerging as a technology hub, but many players in the technology industry have noted the lack of broadband services and wifi access throughout the city. In an announcement yesterday Mayor Bloomberg said that the new initiatives [...]

Thanks to new technology embedded in the asphalt, the days of left-over meter minutes are gone in this southern CA beach city. Depending on whom you ask, parking is now managed more efficiently or the city is just making more money.
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Google argues that cloud computing can help companies and government agencies save energy and money, cites GSA as proof.

The government's consumer finance watchdog agency is launching an online database of complaints on credit cards.

June 23, 2012

Easter Seals Oregon has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the federal government to continue its mission of helping homeless veterans in the Rogue Valley rejoin the workforce.

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