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Would you sit on a jury to review government regulations? Citizen oversight panels could make this process more open and democratic

(THE CONVERSATION) Who makes the rules that govern our daily lives? In a democracy, it's natural to think that "the people" are in charge, or should be.
Of course, hundreds of millions of people can't participate actively in governing day to day. Still, the idea of representative democracy is that those who make the ru ... (full story)


Why rural white Americans' resentment is a threat to democracy

(THE CONVERSATION) Rural white voters have long enjoyed outsize power in American politics. They have inflated voting power in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and the Electoral College.
Although there is no uniform definition of "rural," and even federal agencies cannot agree on a single standard, roughly 20% of Americ ... (full story)


Common Pleas presiding and admin judges discuss their agendas

As the longest-serving judge currently on the general division bench, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty said she’s always focused on ensuring the court is meeting the needs of legal professionals and the public.
So when she was named administrative judge at the start of 2024 she was excited about the o ... (full story)


State


Bringing dental care to schools takes care of teeth neglected in pandemic

Bringing dental care to schools takes care of teeth neglected in pandemic

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tucked away inside the teachers lounge at a New Hampshire elementary school, Amber Warner was having her teeth checked out for the first time.
The 5-year-old sat back on what looked like a beach chair and wore a pair of dark sunglasses as certified public health dental hygienist Mary Davis surveyed Amb ... (full story)


Yes, we're divided. But new AP-NORC poll shows Americans still agree on most core American values

Yes, we're divided. But new AP-NORC poll shows Americans still agree on most core American values

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the country's deep political polarization, most Americans share many core beliefs about what it means to be an American, according to a new poll.
The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 9 in 10 U.S. adults say the right to vote, the right to equa ... (full story)


Technology


News outlets sue OpenAI for violating copyright laws

Just to catch up on things:
OpenAI owns and operates ChatGPT.
ChatGPT is “trained” on a claimed trillion data points organized into data sets that are vacuumed up throughout the internet.
Lots of that stuff that’s vacuumed up is copyrighted. ChatGPT don’t care about your stinkin’ copyrights. ... (full story)