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4/23/2019

Ottawa, Canada, is studying its Centretown Heritage Conservation District -- an area of the city with older, historically valuable buildings -- as a candidate for expansion. The city hired a consultant for the study last fall and will be hosting public information sessions this week on the growth of the district.

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CBC News (Canada)
4/23/2019

New teachers in Shelby County, Tenn., may be offered student loan assistance instead of retirement benefits if the school board approves. The change wouldn't take effect until after July 1, 2020, and nothing would change for current retirees or those who are already signed up for benefits when they retire.

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Chalkbeat
4/23/2019

Stuart Ed submitted his resignation as city manager of Las Cruces, N.M., on Monday, and the mayor says Assistant City Manager Bill Studer will be appointed later this week to serve in an acting capacity as a search is conducted. The mayor authorized an investigation last fall into Ed's conduct as city manager that did not provide evidence of wrongdoing, and Ed's contract was renewed through June 2020 earlier this year.

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4/23/2019

The use of blockchain technology to anonymize, track and authenticate data gathered during investigations holds multiple benefits, including redundancy, clear chain of custody and resistance to tampering, writes Paul Tatro of Carbyne. "The promise of an immutable, open public record of all data submitted could overcome a major hurdle for interagency collaboration," says Tatro.

4/23/2019

Emergency dispatchers will have their personal information concealed to protect them from public harassment if a bill that recently passed the Ohio Senate becomes law. Such identifying information is already exempted from public records for parole officers, peace officers, judges, prosecuting attorneys and others.

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Ohio Senate
4/23/2019

Police in North Texas are getting access to more information about potential criminal activities in communities such as Frisco, because residents are voluntarily sharing home security videos from systems such as Ring. Criminal justice professor Seungmug Lee from the University of Texas at Arlington notes that video-sharing networks pose challenges including the potential for false alarms and misidentification, although they could potentially lead to a "higher arrest and clearance rate."

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University of Texas
4/23/2019

Communication between motorists, vehicles and infrastructure systems in Denver will be enhanced through real-time data-driven communication coordinated by devices in automobiles, funded by a federal grant. "Anything from a bridge freezing over to an accident taking place, we'll know instantly and we can send that message out," says Denver Public Works engineer Michael Finochio.

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KCNC-TV (Denver)
4/23/2019

The US is on track to become a majority-minority nation in 2045, according to the Pew Research Center, and recreation and park departments must strive for inclusion, writes Rafael Payan, general manager for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. "We must be inclusive and establish policies and practices that enhance all Americans' well-being," Payan writes.

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4/23/2019

A new park is in the works for the South Haymarket area of Lincoln, Neb., supported in part by a $1 million pledge from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. The 6.2-acre park is expected to cost about $9 million and is part of a public-private partnership.

4/23/2019

Playground equipment has been installed at Danner Park in Chillicothe, Mo., to help senior citizens improve their fitness and reduce their risk of falls. The equipment can help older adults with their "upper body strength and their fine motor skills," said Ann Burchett of Aging in Place Livingston County.