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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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

COVID Death Toll Could Be 25 Percent Higher Than Data Shows

In Florida, the official COVID-19 death count is 16,505. But a study by the CDC reveals the number could be significantly higher as thousands of people are dying from other causes that were brought on by the pandemic.

By Mario Ariza, Sun Sentinel  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Indian American Votes, Dollars Become Increasingly Valuable

Indian Americans are the wealthiest immigrant group in America and while they overwhelmingly vote Democratic, the Trump campaign has worked hard to make an appeal and the numbers show it might be working.

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

LAPD Can Now Record, Store Helicopter Footage of Protests

The police department received a unanimous approval to record and store aerial footage of large gatherings, including protests. But many civil rights groups align the decision with unconstitutional government surveillance.

By Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Grand Rapids Police Want COVID Funds for Gunshot Detection

Police officials are urging city leaders to use $500,000 of coronavirus relief funds to purchase ShotSpotter, the gunshot detection software. Officials are reviewing the funding rules to see if the purchase is legal.

By Michael Kransz, mlive.com  |  October 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Chicago Mayor Defends Speed Camera Tickets as Safety Issue

Mayor Lightfoot argues that the plan to issue tickets to cars travelling 6 mph over the speed limit is to curb a public safety issue, but critics say it is a money-making tactic that will hurt lower-income communities.

By Gregory Pratt, Joe Mahr and John Byrne, Chicago Tribune  |  October 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Privacy Concerns End Google-Run COVID Testing in Two Counties

San Francisco and Alameda counties have ended their COVID-19 testing program with Google’s sister company, Verily, over patient privacy concerns. The program was intended to increase testing in low-income neighborhoods.

By Jenny Gold and Rachana Pradhan, Los Angeles Times  |  October 27, 2020
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