In L.A., Community Engagement Helps Reduce Gun Violence
July 30, 2013
On the most dangerous streets of Los Angeles, Calif., “gun violence equals gang violence,” says Police Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Six years ago the Mayor’s office and the LAPD came up with an innovative way to combat gang violence with a program called “Summer Night Lights”. The program invites the entire community for a night of fun and food, and provides access to valuable resources like employment opportunities.
Late Saturday evening, a jury in Florida found George Zimmerman not-guilty of second degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While Zimmerman may have been acquitted, protesters around the country rallied against the decision and demanded federal intervention.
Myanmar Farmers at Risk from Government Land Seizures
July 18, 2013
In the Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, farmers are facing the destruction of their family’s homeland as the government enters into numerous development contracts with large corporations in the race to develop the impoverished country. Farmlands that have been owned and farmed for generations will soon be high-tech food and textile factories.
Virtual Realities To Help Gamers Create A Better Future
July 12, 2013
Video games are one of the world’s fasting growing industries, now grossing about $80 billion a year in revenue, or roughly twice that of movies. Now the race is on for researchers to develop a fresh way to create new virtual realities. Many are hoping to find ways that games can have a positive impact on economic and social behavior.
Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued two rulings on the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage. In a victory for gay rights activists, the Supreme Court extended benefits to legally married gay couples, but did not rule on the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Gay rights activists claimed victory Wednesday after the Supreme Court decided to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied legally married same-sex couples the same rights as their straight counterparts.
Singapore is one of the world’s most populous cities, but the wealthy island metropolis that is home to more than five million people only grows about seven percent of the produce it consumes. This may be an extreme case, but a lack of local food is a problem for urban areas around the world, and with 80 percent of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, a problem that will only grow larger.
Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers Honored 50 Years Later
June 07, 2016
In 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his family home while his wife and children took cover inside. White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was eventually convicted of murder, but only after a 30 year legal battle.
10-time Olympian Ian Millar left off Canadian show jumping team
July 14, 2016
Canadian equestrian Ian Millar will not be breaking his own record at the Rio Olympics. The 69-year-old show jumper, who made his tenth Olympic appearance at the London Games, was not listed on Canada’s equestrian roster, released Thursday.