Amanda Erickson

Postcard From New Orleans

The murder rate jumped 14 percent and other news

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Postcard From Wuhan

The city has pledged to build a new subway line every year between now and 2017

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What Gets Dropped on New Year's Eve

Possums, wrenches, potato chips and other strange traditions

Chart of the Day: Biking and Gender

Where women bike as much as men, and where they don't

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Postcard From Yerevan

In 2012, the parents of every new baby will receive about $129 from the government, and other news

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Postcard From Vatican City

The bidding war that wasn't for Vatican.xxx and other news from the holy city

Chart of the Day: The Biggest Human Gatherings

Visual.ly graphs the world's largest groups

Postcard From Indianapolis

A downtown zip line and other news

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Number of the Day: 50,000

The size, in square feet, of the new art museum in northwest Arkansas

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Postcard From Liverpool

A pixelated bust doubles as a comment on the Catholic sex abuse scandal and other news

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Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood

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Postcard From Bethlehem

A California town recreates the blocks-long Bethlehem, complete with a night market, and other news

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Price Tag of the Day: $10,000

That's the cost of securing an Occupy protest of 10 in the swanky town of Darien, Connecticut 

Postcard From Bogota

Did the mayor cause the collapse of the city's electric company stock? That and other questions answered in today's news round-up

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Winner of the Day: Buffalo

The city received the top score in a federal school funding challenge

Postcard From Zanzibar

How a radio ad changed Rukia Shabiby's life, and other news

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Timeline of the Day: Is Siem Reap Asia's Next Gay Mecca?

The city's gay scene is exploding

Postcard From Prague

A city mourns Vaclav Havel and other news

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Oddity of the Day: Nativity Scene Starring Hugo Chavez

A collection of some strange Christmas scenes from cities around the world