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June 3, 2013

Navy corpsman Jason Martines earned his chops on the Afghan battlefield, patching together wounded Marines in the war-ravaged Helmand Province.

Army medic Mathew Vance witnessed the birth of homemade bomb attacks as a convoy medic during his first tour in Iraq. On his second deployment, he worked on a trauma helicopter, perfecting his life-saving medical skills.

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Jeff Weisensel doesnt have a job, not for the past 14 months anyway, since Kraft Foods restructured him out the door after 22 years. But he does have a library the $28 million Glenview Public Library, opened in 2011 whose inviting lobby is part art gallery, part cafeteria patrons are welcome to eat and drink there and part social center. No shushing librarian with an index finger to her pursed lips and her glasses on a chain here; instead, a sign on the wall encourages ...

The Air Force Special Victims Counsel is a new effort to provide support to sexual assault victims. These military attorneys will represent the victim only, and the hope is that this kind of support will make it easier for victims to report assaults without feeling like they're being victimized again.

June 2, 2013

The Great Recession and the corresponding collapse of the housing market have had far-reaching effects on communities across the country. With nonprofits and local governments both trying to do more with less, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) commissioned a study to crystallize the tools its affiliates need to nurture successful collaborations. Synthesizing information gleaned from a literature review, an extensive web survey of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) affiliates, and case studies of three communities, this report suggests concrete strategies to plan, build, and ...

Urban Resource Institute has created 10 pet-friendly apartments in a Brooklyn shelter for domestic abusive victims. The 6-month pilot program, dubbed People and Animals Living Safely, or PALS, begins Saturday.

WHEN I was a kid in the 70s, this stunk, says Jim Rooney of the Boston Convention Centre, talking about South Bostons waterfront, where his huge centre stands. Rotten eggy smell, things floating around, couldnt see through it. Nasty water. Furthermore, the area1,000 acres of it, or 400 hectareswas cut off from the rest of the city by an elevated highway. It had poor public transport and few roads. Once it boasted railway yards and docks where Southies (who lived nearby) worked as longshoremen. But many of the seafront jobs left long ago. The tracks were covered by a sea of asphalt. Warehouses ...

May 29, 2013

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An app for locating discarded tires and a program to map the condition of the city's sidewalks are two examples of local initiatives aimed at improving Atlanta's environment. With the Mayor's embrace, the city is trying to catch up to tech trends.

With 3 to 5 percent of Americans suffering from hoarding, local officials are trying to address the multidimensional aspects of the behavior and reduce its threat to others.

May 27, 2013

With New Yorks system set to begin on Monday, the city will be watching to see if Mayor Michael R. Bloombergs bet on cycling is a success.    

Community gardens for immigrant groups can provide familiar foods that are hard to find in the grocery store. They can also be a balm for alienation and depression.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Inmates at seven minimum- and medium-security prisons in West Virginia will be sowing seeds this spring and tending plants this summer as part of a new program to grow produce for the states largest food bank. Planting on small ...

May 23, 2013

Report highlights importance of measuring time for agency tasks.

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US plans paperless public library

May 22, 2013

Veterans could find a smoother transition into the workforce through a nationwide initiative to make loans more available.

May 21, 2013

Watch Video Listen to the AudioJEFFREY BROWN: Making cities work better through high-tech innovation,that's the ambitious goal of one San Francisco startup.
NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels has our report.
SPENCER MICHELS: The scrambled eggs and homemade waffles disappeared quickly at this free breakfast for children and their moms in East Palo Alto, a largely minority community in the heart of California's wealthy Silicon Valley.
Many residents here, possibly tens of thousands, qualify for food assistance programs, but aren't accessing them. Some are simply unaware such programs exist ...

Taming The Desert When completed in 2025, Masdar City will pack 40,000 inhabitants into two square miles of carbon-neutral buildings.
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Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.

At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon. Part of the illusion is due to the city's strange setting: next to Abu Dhabi airport, just across the highway from the Arabian Gulf, in a deeply inhospitable stretch of desert ...

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