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September 10, 2013

The government’s use of metadata has been thrust into the spotlight with the NSA’s attempt to thwart terrorism by tracking habits and connections of suspects on watch lists.
But the value of metadata goes beyond the NSA. Metadata is an efficient and cost-effective way to look at unstructured email and documents across data centers, and is often used by financial services and manufacturing companies to control costs, compliance and security matters.
Through similar use of this information, local, state and federal organizations can comply ...

September 6, 2013

Justice-involved populations are more likely to suffer from chronic physical and behavioral health conditions. These conditions can jeopardize employment prospects and lead to reoffending and reincarceration. Information exchanges between the justice and health systems can help both criminal justice and community-based practitioners address these health conditions more effectively to improve outcomes. This report identifies 34 potential information exchanges and provides a blueprint for implementing effective justice-health information exchanges.

September 2, 2013

Special courts for veterans expanding across US

September 1, 2013

Another challenging fire season shows the value of Conservation Camps, the state's all-prisoner fire crews

A new safety system will soon be available to schools and colleges in Suffolk County, so they can establish immediate contact with police if a person with a gun enters the building.

The Yolo County Sheriff's Office is offering a free crime prevention program to help farmers and ranchers protect equipment.

August 28, 2013

As firefighters make progress containing a raging wildfire in and near Yosemite National Park, officials have turned to unmanned aircraft to monitor for unexpected developments.

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The Citys Mayor Steven Fulop said the City is installing the devices to improve accountability, reduce fuel use, and eliminate personal use of City-owned vehicles by employees.

A group of graduate planning student at UCLA have compiled the first comprehensive survey of urban agriculture in Los Angeles County, providing tools for planners and policy-makers to boost the area's agricultural fecundity.

August 22, 2013

The free mobile app announced Wednesday will let cooks enter the ingredients of a recipe and it will calculate the number of calories per serving.

Community resistance stopped plans for widening Hamburg, New York's Main Street. By embracing calmer streets, the town is flourishing and once again enjoying comparisons to the idyllic Bedford Falls of 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

New report examines the ways feds can leverage crowdsourcing to get better results.

August 19, 2013

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls announced a new initiative that would improve the city’s public transparency practices for the first time in ten years. Qualls...

Across the country, goats help to clear overgrown properties.

August 18, 2013

'Maveric' drone made by company which supplies Canadian troops in Afghanistan will seek out mosquito breeding groundsTo the casual observer, it will look like a group of grown men and women playing with model aeroplanes. But in a carefully planned mission next week, a small airshow in the Florida Keys will mark a dramatic escalation in the war on the state's army of mosquitoes. Officials responsible for curtailing the swamp-heavy island chain's disease-carrying insects will deploy their first unmanned drone on a test flight. If the flight is successful, the Florida Keys Mosquito District will ...

The City of Seattle released a mobile application this week that will allow locals to report certain issues to the city from their phones. The Find It, Fix It app is available for free on both iPhones and Androids and has been installed by 1,476 people as of Friday morning, according to the city. Those downloads have come from users as far as Singapore, the Netherlands and New Zealand, city spokeswoman Katherine Schubert-Knapp said. The app allows users to report potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and parking concerns they find, among other problems. Users can report the issue by snapping ...

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