Gov 2.0 News

May 19, 2011

Detroit should look to a neighbor in the north for advice on rebounding from industrial decline, according to this piece from New Geography, which argues that Winnipeg has already paved the way.
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May 18, 2011

Iowa School Sends Wake-Up Calls to Tardy Students

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Could the Internet mean the end of snow days? Some schools think so, and they are experimenting with ways for students to do lessons online during bad weather, potentially allowing classes to go on during even the worst blizzard. "Virtual snow days" would help ease pressure on school calendars.

New York City has released its plan to become a digital hub. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by Rachel Stern the city’s new Chief Digital Officer in announcing the plan which is also detailed in this report. The plan includes wireless Internet access in city parks, more open data and live chats with 311 agents. [...]

May 16, 2011

The G20 should start a serious discussion about how innovative financing mechanisms could accelerate global development, but this should not distract from concrete commitments on aidAfter years of talking about finding innovative ways to raise money for development and indeed years of using innovative ways to raise money for development the issue has well and truly hit the global political agenda. Not only has the Robin Hood tax campaign gained momentum as a result of the financial crisis, but President Nicolas Sarkozy has adopted the issue of innovative finance as one of the priorities for ...

New speed limit signs will alert drivers that they are going to fast by showing them an image of a skeleton — an image intended to warn drivers that their speeding could kill.
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With financial support from Measure R, a voter-approved sales tax, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed $4.15-billion budget could pay for planning or construction for roughly a dozen lines. While many agencies are cutting back, Los Angeles' aggressive rail expansion is picking up steam.

WASHINGTON — As crackly recordings of fox trot tunes poured from speakers at the Library of Congress last Tuesday, Harry Connick Jr. sat motionless except for a single index finger that pounded out a swinging beat. He was rapt. "This is all completely new to me," he said, marvelling. "I'm going to go home and play this stuff for my wife and kids."

The use of service animals has been growing among children with autism-related disorders, and schools have been fielding more requests to allow them. But some districts worry the animals may violate the rights of other students and staff. Families hope new federal guidelines will help them avoid legal battles over their animals.

May 13, 2011

The armed services aim to simulate real combat situations via virtual reality technology similar to Second Life and other computer games. img alt"" height"0" width"0" border"0" style"display:none" src" &partnerID167&keysegment"/img alt"" height"0" width"0" border"0" style"display:none" src" TechBiz .19276,cat. TechBiz .rss"/

May 12, 2011

Relatively cheap, reliable genetic tests could soon give the authorities the means to identify fish caught from unsustainable sources

At the US Initiative Livability Challenge in Indianapolis, local stakeholders discussed the importance of quality of place in attracting talent. Following the dialogue on the importance of good deisgn and nature in cities, an article in the New York Times discussed San Francisco's effort to turn "pavement into parks and public spaces." Pavement to Parks is a leader in the national movement against asphalt. Using parklets and small gardens in the sidewalks, San Francisco is tackling livability and city beauty by investing in community spaces.

NJ Transit on Wednesday will unveil its first locomotive that can operate on diesel fuel and electricity. Spokesman Dan Stessel said it's the first of its kind on any railroad in North America.

May 10, 2011

City sets out goals for 10 health issuesFaced with an array of intractable health problems that are prematurely killing Baltimore's residents, city leaders unveiled Tuesday an ambitious plan targeting HIV infection, heart disease and other serious ailments in the top 10. Above, Elneeta Jones, left, principal of Pimlico Elementary/Middle School, and Jackie Peterson, community resource manager, walk through the school's urban garden, a hoop-style greenhouse in which students learn how to grow healthful foods.

Philadelphia's water department has opened its first street made of porous pavement, which will help city streets safer by absorbing rain water.
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With American kids getting fatter, program aims to expose them to more nutritious choices

May 9, 2011

Tom Wright, Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association, traces the history of the Mayors' Institute on City Design from its creation 25 years ago to last week's conference which was attended by some of the country's most important mayors.
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California's success in using 'familial searching' spurs Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to increase funding for the controversial genetic sleuthing technique in rape, murder and cold cases. A young man followed a woman into a coffee shop as she prepared to open for business at 6 a.m. He put a knife to her throat, sexually assaulted her, barricaded her in a walk-in refrigerator and grabbed cash from the register before vanishing.

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