Gov 2.0 News

March 30, 2011

MTA testing new technology to warn of turnsThe Maryland Transit Administration has equipped 10 of its vehicles with "talking bus" technology to warn people who might otherwise be oblivious that a several-ton behemoth is about to cross their paths.

March 28, 2011

San Antonio launched a bike-sharing program this weekend, the first of its type in Texas.

March 27, 2011

Inferno! It's tough to smother a roaring blaze with water alone, but using an electric wave blaster firefighters could someday snuff out flames by zapping them with pulses of electric current. dvs via Flickr
In some respects, firefighting technology has come a long way over the past several decades—we now have flame suppressing foams and powders for instance, as well as new ways of delivering them to the fire. But fundamentally, we're still fighting fires the old fashioned way: point hose/bucket/pressurized container and drench. But a team of Harvard researchers envisions a day when firefighters ...

DETROIT — In a city where residents are still fleeing at a historic rate, there is no shortage of clichéd reminders that this place has been redefined by abandonment: crumbling factories, blocks filled with boarded-up houses, and empty streets overgrown with weeds.

The City of San Francisco is expanding its program of "parklets" — small public patio-like spaces built on parking spots.
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March 24, 2011

Federal, state and local authorities in northern West Virginia have announced the creation of a unit that will try to slow the flow of drugs coming into the state on major highways.

The National Conference of State Legislatures Web site is cataloging actions and legislation pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, enabling comparison among states.

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March 23, 2011

Virginia law-enforcement agencies now have another way to solve cases, searching DNA databases to match evidence at a crime scene with the DNA of family members of a suspected criminal. "This new technology will allow forensic experts to develop leads otherwise unavailable to law enforcement officers that can expedite the ...

March 21, 2011

Nearly 700 children were hit by gunfire in Chicago last year an average of almost two a day. Much of the violence is attributed to gangs in specific parts of town. That has the mayor, police and school officials looking for ways to control what some call an epidemic of youth violence.

Blood Simple A camera reveals residue, 3-D renderings recreate crimes, and T-cells improve age tests. Lauren Burke/Getty Images
The aftermath of violent crimes is nothing like what we see on TV, says Stephen Morgan, a forensic analytic chemist. "Crime scenes are messy, chaotic. There's a lot to look at." Too much, in fact. What's needed are methods to simplify the forensic process without damaging evidence at the scene. These three breakthroughs will do just that.
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Investigators use spray-on reagents to locate blood spatter that's too small to see. But chemicals can contaminate evidence ...

A year ago, Austin police arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez and accused him of using the Internet to disable the engines and activate the horns of more than 100 vehicles financed by a used car dealership that had recently fired him.

Across the USA, students, citizens and political junkies are using software to help redraw legislative boundaries.

March 17, 2011

Two weeks ago, Ruby Lau was in a lot of pain. The homeless 45-year-old woman had severe heartburn. She couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep.“My throat was on fire,” she said. “And no matter what hit my stomach, it wouldn’t stay down.”Luckily for Lau, last week she happened to be at The Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in center for homeless women in Denver, when a mobile health clinic run by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless arrived. The Health Outreach Program vehicle is an extension of the organization's downtown clinic. It travels to other homeless ...

If you get stopped by the police in Houston, it will take them just 16 seconds to compare your fingerprints to the 2 million that are in a database of terrorists, sex offenders, criminals with outstanding arrest warrants and ...

Youngstown, Ohio, gave up on the idea that a city needs to grow. Now, the city is trying to figure out how to shrink.

March 16, 2011

Initiative is in keeping with White House efforts to link open government to improved operations.

March 14, 2011

Philadelphia offers students a way back to school and a diploma

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