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Seniors often need help or companionship - but there might not be anyone to call. Papa is a new service that connects them with college students for help with household tasks, transportation, technology--and companionship.

This allows seniors to maintain independence and stay in their homes rather than assisted living facilities. It also provides college students with a great way to earn extra cash and develop work experience on a flexible schedule. It’s accessible through an app or a simple phone call to help seniors who aren’t as tech-savvy.

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Drugs
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A U.S. judge has ruled that safe injection sites, places where users can consume drugs under medical supervision, don’t violate federal drug laws.

Year in Review
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how the 2010s Changed the World
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CATALYSTS
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Life Jackets Are Used to Create Jewelry, Opportunity for Refugees
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Hudson Link
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