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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Shattered Complacency: When Silence Equals Violence

The haunting images of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer have triggered widespread protests and unrest. Will it be enough to change how America, its police force and the black community live together?

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Web Defacement, Tracing Disinformation, CIO Talks Security

The world of government cybersecurity remains volatile as cybercriminals practice digital graffiti and public officials struggle to overcome disinformation about the purpose of contact tracing.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  June 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Multiple Events Creating 'The Perfect Path to Divisions in Our Society'

Protests and violence around the country were triggered by a police-involved killing in Minneapolis, but are taking place against a backdrop of pandemic and economic collapse.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Pandemic Will Mean a Worse Retirement for Millions of Workers

In a typical recession, not many older workers lose their jobs. That's not the case this time. They face not only unemployment but the prospect of poverty, with pressures on 401(k)s and other retirement accounts.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

A Leg Up in the Search for Prosperity: Economic Freedom

Despite their very different attitudes toward the role of government, California and Texas have both found success. But the Lone Star State's small-government/low-tax model gives it an edge.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Fortress Charleston: Can a Wall Hold Back the Waters?

The city has endorsed a $2 billion plan to wall off the historic downtown from rising seas and surging storms. It is the latest in a growing number of expensive seawalls and barriers being proposed to defend U.S. coastal cities.

By Gilbert M. Gaul, Yale Environment 360  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Trump Attacked the Internet's First Amendment

The president wants social media sites to be investigated for political bias. His new executive order is the strongest attack yet on a key free speech protection for online platforms, but it's not the only one.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 29, 2020
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$9 million

The amount that the GoFundMe to support George Floyd’s family in the wake of his death has raised in the five days since it’s been posted. Over 345,000 donors have contributed to the fund.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: The Cannabis Industry in the Age of COVID

Whether used for medical reasons or recreation, cannabis is a multibillion-dollar industry that could play a role in a post-pandemic recovery. Legislators have been addressing regulatory details.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Much Does Transit Spread COVID-19? The Jury Is Still Out.

We assume that squishing people together on subways and buses, along with urban density in general, accounts for much of the virus's spread. But when you look at the evidence, it's a blurred picture.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  May 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Nevada’s Lady Justice Has Been Keeping Watch for 143 Years

The figure personifies the moral force of our judicial systems and has been represented as blind since the 16th century. But that’s not the case with the Storey County Courthouse, located in Virginia City.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

3 Arguments for Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

Without funding to offset plunging revenues and exploding health-care spending, the downturn will be deeper and recovery will take longer. Now is the time for state and local leaders to make their case.

By Raymond Scheppach, former National Governors Association Executive Director  |  May 28, 2020
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County Commissioner Helps Others with Resources, Compassion

Whether it’s a small county or a national stage, Mary Ann Borgeson leads Douglas County, Neb., and the National Association of Counties with compassion and the understanding of the impacts her decisions can make.

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