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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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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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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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Madison City Council Considers Tear Gas, Mace Ban for Police

In response to protests following the death of George Floyd, Wisconsin’s state capital has proposed that police be banned from using tear gas, mace and projectile devices for crowd control. But not everyone agrees.

By Dean Mosiman, The Wisconsin State Journal  |  July 10, 2020
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N.C. Coronavirus Law Might Require Photo ID in November Vote

A bill that increased mail-in voting due to the coronavirus had an unrelated provision for photo ID requirements. Now, Republican legislators want it enforced. If they succeed, voters will be required to show ID to vote.

By Will Doran, The News & Observer  |  July 10, 2020
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New Mexico Increases Transparency, Requires Police Cameras

Gov. Lujan Grisham signed a bill this week that requires police officers to wear body cameras and orders the state board to decertify officers that are convicted of unlawful use of force.The law takes effect on Sept. 20.

By Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal  |  July 9, 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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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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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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Florida Election Official Disagrees with Trump on Mail Voting

The president says vote by mail is riddled by fraud. Gov. DeSantis, who supports Trump, agrees, but the elections supervisor for Palm Beach County, who DeSantis appointed to the job, refutes that claim.

By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel  |  July 7, 2020
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