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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Defund Your Local Sheriff? Police Reform on Ballots Nationwide

Numerous measures curbing police power or pursuing criminal justice reform ideas are on state and local ballots this year. They predate the George Floyd protests but reflect current concerns.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 29, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Slow Streets Were a Success. Should Cities Keep Them?

A recent study examined projects to reduce car use and increase walking and biking on neighborhood streets in five cities, offering a look into how transportation data can be used to craft similar future projects.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  October 29, 2020
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With COVID Cases Rising, What Policymakers Need to Know

Amesh Adalja, a senior health scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, talks about improving treatments, preventing infections and understanding science as coronavirus case numbers rise and winter approaches.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Money Matters: Voters to Decide Major Tax Initiatives

Arizona, California and Illinois are just some of the states that have significant tax measures on the ballot that could impact billions in state revenue for years to come.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

History Teaches Us Election Delays Are Nothing New

Worried we may have to wait to find out whether Biden or Trump won? In 1800, election results were delayed for months. And don’t forget 2000, when legal battles prolonged the final results until Dec. 12.

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  October 28, 2020
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In the Arena

The Many Chapters of Jabari Simama’s Life

Humble beginnings and a kind demeanor have made him a great public servant, including work as a city council member and college president. It also has led him to foster a deep friendship with legendary John Lewis.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  October 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Misunderstood Math of Defunding the Police

There isn't enough money there to significantly redress urban inequalities. The best way forward is to rethink law enforcement budgets for better policing and to de-fang unions that shield bad cops.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  October 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Number of LGBTQ Candidates This Year Shatters Records

The number of gay and trans candidates has increased more than 40 percent from 2018. Legislative candidates among them include an unusual number of women.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 27, 2020
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Nonpartisan Service Takes Voters to the Election Finish Line

As if navigating every choice on a ballot isn’t enough of a puzzle, voters are confused about how and where to vote. A team of tech experts and researchers has created a one-stop resource to guide them.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 27, 2020
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Have Protests Hurt the Re-Election Chances of Two Mayors?

Portland, Ore., and Richmond, Va., have been rocked by racial justice violence for much of the summer. Both Mayors Ted Wheeler and Levar Stoney face heavy competition as they try to hold on to top office.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  October 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How Better Building Codes Can Mitigate Wildfires’ Devastation

More structures are at risk than ever before, and there's a lot that could be done to protect them and improve community resilience. The benefits far outweigh the costs.

By Ruben Grijalva, Former CAL FIRE Director  |  October 26, 2020
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$2.3 million

The amount that hackers have stolen from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account, which was being used to re-elect President Trump. There have been more than 800 attempted phishing attacks for financial gain against them this campaign cycle, according to a party spokesperson.

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