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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: Tracking Containment

All states have begun phased reopening. An updated version of an earlier Governing resource page provides new maps that offer instant insight into progress toward COVID-19 containment in each state.

By Carl Smith and Ben Miller  |  July 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

A Vision for Housing Policy for the Future

Over a long career, Eugene Jones Jr. has led several big-city public-housing agencies. In an interview, he discusses the federal landscape, affordable housing and political accountability.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  July 15, 2020
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Future in Context

Theodore Roosevelt, His Statue and the Problem of the Past

Of all the ways the 21st century might wish to memorialize Roosevelt, that statue was the least representative of the whole man, his staggering achievement and his largely untarnished place in American memory.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Black, Latinx Women Three Times More Likely to Be Unemployed

In California, Black and Latinx women have seen a 23 and 22 percent employment decline, respectively, due to COVID-19. “This is really amplifying existing inequalities, especially racial and ethnic inequities.”

By Leonardo Castaneda, The Mercury News  |  July 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Maryland County Police Department Renews Contract with ICE

The Harford County Sheriff's Office has participated in this agreement since October 2016 and it endows some immigration enforcement authority to correctional deputies. But not everybody agrees with the renewal decision.

By James Whitlow, The Aegis  |  July 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Census Adapts to Pandemic and Continues Count Encouragement

Even with the coronavirus still at large across the nation, workers continue to encourage participation in the Census. Mask-wearing, social-distance-practicing enumerators will begin surveying in Tacoma by July 23.

By Patty Hastings, The Columbian  |  July 14, 2020
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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 FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How California Fell So Far Behind in Coronavirus Testing

The state is currently one of the world’s hot spots for COVID-19. Lack of testing, knowledge and preparedness have all contributed to the growing case numbers and inability to keep up with testing.

By Emily Baumaertner, Los Angeles Times  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

W.Va. Officials Question $50M Relief Fund Reallocation

Gov. Jim Justice reallocated half of the funds that were going to the Division of Highways to broadband expansion. But health officials and lawmakers are concerned that none of the money is going to health departments.

By David Beard, The Dominion Post  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Digital Divide Leaves Much of Maine Disconnected

For some towns in Maine, the only sources of Wi-Fi are the library and school. But once businesses and schools shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19, many residents were without any Internet connection.

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal  |  July 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

For Many Police Departments, Body Cams Are Too Expensive

Many Massachusetts police departments would use body cameras for transparency, but the technology is too expensive. Even when they can afford the tech, there are additional costs, like storage and privacy, that add up.

By Brad Petrishen, Telegram & Gazette  |  July 13, 2020
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