THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Are Police Protests Leading to an Increase in Crime?

Homicides are up in major cities. The combination of pandemic, recession and the two-way street of distrust between police and the communities they serve has created a "toxic mix of despair."

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 14, 2020
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The Misguided Search for Cybersecurity’s Purple Unicorn

In looking for a new chief information security officer, it's tempting to generate a long list of professional qualifications. But these days, technical expertise isn't what the job is really about.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  July 14, 2020
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The Route to Infrastructure that Benefits Communities

States and localities will need the full range of tools to recover economically. That calls for federal policies that tap infrastructure-building's power to boost local jobs and small-business growth.

By Christy Veeder, Jobs to Move America  |  July 13, 2020
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Chicago Unveils Plan for Its Post-Pandemic Recovery

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is looking past the immediate health and economic challenges to map out programs for the city's future. She has ambitious ideas about attracting wealth while also addressing racial inequities.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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Legislative Watch: States Start Dismantling Systemic Racism

The national conversation about racism isn't about individual acts of violence or harassment, but about systems that perpetuate injustice. In the wake of recent protests, legislators have responded.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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The Pandemic Has Permanently Changed the Way We Work

A report finds that the coronavirus-caused shift to remote work has altered the idea of a workspace. Some are uncomfortable with returning to an office and many hope to continue working from home even after offices reopen.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  July 10, 2020
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An Impossible Situation: Schools Will Reopen, but Can They Be Safe?

President Trump insists schools must reopen in the fall. It's a widely shared priority in terms of both childhood development and the economy, but there are serious challenges with the coronavirus still on the rise.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 9, 2020
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$2.4 million

The amount that South Carolina’s eight historically black colleges and universities are set to receive in coronavirus aid to bolster their distance-learning technology.

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Why Is Punishment the Favored Path to Public Safety?

Legal experts are questioning our current system of “law and order” based on punishment. They are calling for restorative justice programs that can demonstrate how investments in accountability yield rewards.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 9, 2020
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The New Electronic Soapbox and What It Means for Public Life

Smartphone-wielding citizens and the ease of video conferencing have largely taken the place of the public-access television of earlier decades. They raise new questions for public officials.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  July 9, 2020
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Is Houston the American City of the Future?

A scholar who's been studying the place for half a century thinks so, and it does seem to be ahead of other cities in some respects. But there also are some ways it's behind the curve.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 8, 2020
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Kids and the Link Between Exercise and Racial Justice

We need to invest more in physical education and access to youth sports. For children of color, it's a way to tackle obesity and other health disparities while building their self-esteem.

By Tarik Kitson, Active Plus  |  July 8, 2020
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Stockton’s New City Manager Sees an Opportunity During Troubled Times

A former Baltimore CFO and city manager for Cincinnati, Harry Black just started as Stockton’s city manager when the pandemic began, quickly followed by national protests. But with his extensive, unique career, he is ready to help the city succeed.

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