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Why Don't We All Just Agree to Stop Crowning a 'Murder Capital'

What could be more useless than raw homicide numbers from over a year ago?

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How Stop-and-Frisk Is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don't Trust the Police

Only 40 percent of young minorities in low-income New York City neighborhoods say they would feel comfortable calling 911 if they needed help.

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The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts

1 in 9 American prisoners has been sentenced to die in jail.

AP

Some Corporate Sponsorship of Public Amenities Just Makes Sense

The Nashville city council is betting residents will happily use free dog-poop bags printed with a company logo. They're right.

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NASA Has Invented a Lightweight Machine That Can Detect a Human Heartbeat Under 30 Feet of Rubble

The FINDER could change the way we rescue people from natural disasters. 

AP

Gunman Killed, Multiple Victims in Mass Shooting at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard

Officials have confirmed that at least 13 people are dead. 

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The City of Utrecht Wants to Convince Mentally Ill Marijuana Users to Smoke Better Pot

This fall, the city will distribute a "special cannabis variant" to a select group of mentally ill addicts.

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You Have to See This BMX Pro Do Sweet Tricks on a Citi Bike

Tyrone Williams makes bike-sharing look cool. 

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Why Firefighters Fear Solar Power

A 300,000 square foot warehouse burned down, and the local fire department says solar panels are partly to blame. 

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There Are a Lot of Ways to Visualize Stop-and-Frisk. This One Is the Best

BKLYNR's "All the Stops" feature visualizes stop-and-frisk data independent of its geography.

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How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English Dialect

Even native English speakers now sound slightly Latino. 

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Why Prisoner Education Is Key to Reducing Crime

Educating an inmate reduces their odds of recidivism by 43 percent. 

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D.C. Wants to Impose a Ridiculous 24-Hour Waiting Period for Getting a Tattoo

It's your body, but it's not your choice. 

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A Radical Idea for Changing How Cities Finance Stadiums

Instead of asking taxpayers for corporate welfare, teams could treat them like investors. 

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Ariel Castro and the Reality of Suicide Behind Bars

He had the perfect profile for a prisoner suicide. 

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The Most Popular Entries in a New 'Cop Slang' App Are Predictably Filthy

The user-generated dictionary wants to introduce you to how police officers actually talk to each other.

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Sorry Colorado and Washington, You Still Can't Buy Pot With a Credit Card

Why it only makes sense for companies like American Express to stick with federal rules, at least for now.

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A Woman in a Wig Claims to Be Committing Revenge Murders Against Bus Drivers in Juarez, Mexico

Emails say that the murders are acts of vengeance for a series of sexual assaults. 

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The DOJ Just Announced It Won't Block Legal Pot in Colorado or Washington (Yet)

States will have to abide by federal guidelines.