Metro Denver voters will fill seven seats on the Regional Transportation District’s board in the Nov. 3 election — likely thrusting a mix of new and returning officials into arguably the least enviable positions in local government these days.

They will join a 15-member Board of Directors that is guiding the transit agency through its biggest crisis in decades, as the coronavirus pandemic has sent ridership plunging and blown sizable holes in its budget. The triage likely will continue well into the next term, even as board members and RTD officials, including incoming CEO and General Manager Debra Johnson, hope to map out new strategies to grow ridership. They also will need to weigh equity challenges and reckon with RTD’s unfulfilled rail promises in some parts of the district.

All the while, the agency is facing intense scrutiny from state officials, community leaders and an outside advisory committee that’s undertaking

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It is clear that many police incidents such as Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York; Nicolas Chavez in Houston, and the 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, in Salt Lake City, are the result of police reactions to mental health situations they can’t handle without escalating an encounter to the point of lethal force.

We are facing a national crisis, now highly polarized by violent extremists on both right and left, damaging to police, business owners, the Black community (which already has hundreds of years of trauma and intergenerational post-traumatic stress disorder) and society as a whole.  It is heartbreaking for the nation.

Many reforms have been proposed.  I do not see, at least in the media, that increased funding for mental health crisis intervention services in collaboration with police departments and other first responders is being discussed at the state or national level.

Maine has been recognized nationally for developing

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has marked the end of weekly traditions like Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, and Sunday brunches, new habits like ordering Friday night takeout and delivery may be bringing economically-devastated restaurants back from a point of no return.

According to a report in The Washington Post, companies are reporting a spike in off-premises dining in the second quarter of this year, with figures from market research firm Technomic doubling Friday and Saturday night to about 24% of overall sales.


Technomic collected data from 27,000 chain restaurants.

In addition, delivery tracker and loyalty-based marketing and financial service Rewards Network found that the average number of delivery and takeout orders since the beginning of the pandemic was 31% higher

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From floods to virus outbreaks, the coastal state of Kerala has been battling multiple back-to-back crises in the last few years. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Pinarayi Vijayan has been spearheading Kerala through these crises ever since 2016, when he came to power as the State’s Chief Minister. But, recently, there have been murmurs about how the hailing of the ‘Kerala model’ of tackling the pandemic has been premature due to cases increasing exponentially from a few months ago. In an email interview with BusinessLine, Vijayan shared his thoughts on the challenges being faced by the State. Excerpts:

How would you assess the government’s performance so far?

It isn’t up to me to assess our government’s performance, but up to the people. However, we have had the unenviable task of steering the State forward amidst a series of challenges. No other government in the history of Kerala has had

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