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A Philadelphia school's big bet on nonviolence
The Atlantic
Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as "Jones Jail" for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.
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New York City selling insurance-linked bonds to hedge against future storm surge risk
International Business Times
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, is preparing to issue a bond linked only to damages from storm surges similar to those that caused nearly $5 billion in damage to the city's transportation infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy slammed the city Oct. 29, 2012.
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When urban security cameras actually save lives
The Atlantic
More and more cities are turning to surveillance cameras as a cost-effective tool for public safety, sometimes with the specific goal of fighting terrorism, but they're still pretty far from universally accepted. Many people object to cameras on the grounds of public safety; others simply don't believe they actually prevent crimes. There is one place where urban security cameras do seem to save lives, however: taxi cabs.
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Moody's cuts Chicago rating amid crime, pension liability
Mounting pension liabilities have cost Chicago another cut in its credit standing as Moody's Investors Service reduced the general-obligation debt rating for the nation's third-largest city by three steps to A3, citing a $36 billion retirement-fund deficit and "unrelenting public safety demands" on the budget.
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Some New Yorkers to see dramatic drop in cost of health insurance
The Buffalo News
Individuals buying health insurance on their own in New York State next year will see their premiums cut by more than half, New York State said recently as it unveiled that insurers will offer individual and small-business plans in the state's new Health Benefits Exchange.
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Missouri health insurance exchanges face new hurdles
Kansas City Business Journal
New regulations for implementing health insurance exchanges could make it harder on uninsured people and insurance counselors to navigate the marketplace, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Inmate death under investigation
The Purcell Register
The McClain County Sheriff's Department asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into a prisoner's death recently, although court documents show the man was no longer in custody when he died. Kory D. Wilson, 27, of Oklahoma City, was arrested June 16 at Newcastle Casino and taken to the McClain County Jail by Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse police.
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