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Study – increase in urban tree canopy correlates to decrease in crime

Research note: Greater tree canopy cover is associated with lower rates of both violent and property crime in New Haven, CT. Landscape and Urban Planning Volume 143, November 2015, Pages 248–253 doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.08.005. “Evolving literature suggests that modifiable neighborhood characteristics such as trees and other vegetation are inversely associated with crime. This study examines the relationshipContinue Reading

Chicago Citizens Police Data Project

“The information contained on this website comes primarily from three datasets provided by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), spanning approximately 2002 to 2008 and 2011 to 2015. The CPD has released these lists in response to litigation and to FOIA Requests. The City of Chicago’s release of this information was accompanied by a disclaimer thatContinue Reading

The Statutes at Large Modernization Act

The Statutes at Large Modernization Act (H.R. 4006) Introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). Endorsed by: Sunlight Foundation, R Street Institute, Demand Progress, Liberty Coalition, Data Transparency Coalition,, and Niskanen Center. “What is the United States Statutes at Large? Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, one volume per sessionContinue Reading

The Islamic State – Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses

CRS – The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Policy Responses,  John W. Rollins, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. Heidi M. Peters, Information Research Specialist. November 19, 2015. “When addressing threats emanating from the Islamic State (IS), numerous strategy and operational considerations arise that might be of interest toContinue Reading

FAA issues report on creating process to register drones

FAA – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF), Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Task Force Recommendations, Final Report, November 21, 2015. “The stated objective of the Task Force was to develop recommendations for the creation of a registration process, which ultimately would contribute to an enforceable rule imposed by the FAA. The FAA statedContinue Reading

23andMe Transparency Report

Along with other companies that provide paid services to customers that comprise the collection and identification of sensitive PII specific to health and genealogy issues, such as, there is increasing focus on how this information can impact individuals at work, for security reasons, and when attempting to qualify for various types of insurance. 23andMeContinue Reading

FDA approves sale of genetically engineered salmon to public

“After an exhaustive and rigorous scientific review, FDA has arrived at the decision that AquAdvantage salmon is as safe to eat as any non-genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon, and also as nutritious. FDA’s Review of the GE Salmon – The FDA scientists rigorously evaluated extensive data submitted by the manufacturer, AquaBounty Technologies, and other peer-reviewedContinue Reading

EPA Proposes to Reduce Smog-Forming Pollution Transported Across State Lines

News release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to the agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to address interstate air quality impacts for the 2008 ozone air quality standards. The proposed updates would reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in theContinue Reading

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, October 27-28, 2015

FOMC Minutes, October 27-28, 2015 – [snipped] “Equilibrium Real Interest Rates – The staff presented several briefings regarding the concept of an equilibrium real interest rate–sometimes labeled the “neutral” or “natural” real interest rate, or “r*”–that can serve as a benchmark to help gauge the stance of monetary policy. Various concepts of r* were discussed.Continue Reading

World’s Largest Law Firm Will Have More Than 7,000 Lawyers

Bloomberg BNA – “The world’s largest law firm by attorney headcount will have more than 7,300 lawyers — some 3,000 more lawyers than the next largest firm, according to a recent announcement. Dentons said on Tuesday it has agreed to combine with Singapore’s Rodyk, with 200 lawyers, and Australia’s 500-lawyer Gadens law firm. The resultContinue Reading

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, H. Rept. 114-315, October 28, 2015.

European Security, Islamist Terrorism, and Returning Fighters

CRS – European Security, Islamist Terrorism, and Returning Fighters, November 16, 2015. “On November 13, 2015, coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead and over 350 injured at six locations throughout the city. French President François Hollande attributed the attacks to the Islamic State terrorist organization (which subsequently claimed responsibility), andContinue Reading