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The City Council of Columbia, South Carolina, Isn't Sure if it Voted to Kick Homeless People Out of Downtown Or Not

Some council members say they did not actually do what another city councilman said they did. 

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Nevada Prosecutors Want to Jail People for Chalk Art

Anti-police brutality activists in Las Vegas are facing graffiti and property defacement charges. 

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Architects Are Part of the Prison Industrial Complex, Too

They're the invisible actors in America's carceral play. Should morality play a larger role in their work? 

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No, Mexican Drug Cartels Are Not Actually Operating in 1,286 U.S. Cities

How the National Drug Intelligence Center disseminated a bogus figure, and the media ate it up.

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In Washington and Colorado, the Real Fight Will Come Down to Marijuana Businesses

Patrick Leahy has scheduled a hearing next month that advocates hope will finally provide some answers on how the Justice Department intends to handle state-legal pot.

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Zurich's Drive-In Prostitution Facility Is Officially Open for Business

The city says it wants to protect sex workers, but it's also clearly an attempt to keep prostitutes out of sight.

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5 Apartment Horror Stories Worse Than Having a Kitchen Filled With Raw Sewage

Rotting deer, migrating roaches, and icy stalactites, oh my.

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Being Homeless in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, Might Be Against the Law

Police officers could be assigned to patrol the city center and keep homeless people out.

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Can You Top This Horror Story About a Disastrous Upstairs Neighbor?

We’d like to see you try. (Really.)

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Detroit Has 50,000 Stray Dogs and Only 4 Dog Catchers

And only three animal shelters. 

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2 Unpublished Studies Say Stop-and-Frisk Doesn't Work

There's no evidence stop-and-frisk works, but there's burgeoning evidence that it doesn't. 

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Detroit Police Are Learning How to Do Stop-and-Frisk

The department says its traffic unit will evolve its mission "toward the prevention of crimes."

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Starting a Marijuana Business in Colorado Will Cost a Small Fortune

Retail pot licensing fees are going to be massive in the state. 

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A Visitor's Guide to Florida's Most Notorious Law Enforcement Agencies

Seven police and sheriff's departments that have proven they won't hesitate to wreck your life. 

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Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Fingerprint Public Housing Residents

What could possibly go wrong?

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Here Are All the Different Ways People Die Behind Bars

Murder is not nearly as prevalent as you might think. 

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Meet the Conservative Texas Sheriff Who Refuses to Put Potheads in Jail

Sheriff Arvin West doesn't have time for dumb marijuana laws. 

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Concord Stops Its Police Chief From Buying a Ridiculous Military Vehicle

The police department in New Hampshire wants an armored personnel carrier. Residents don't. 

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Why Kal Penn Is Defending Bloomberg's Stop and Frisk Policy

The actor says the policy works (also, he was mugged once).