Will Ousting Chicago's Police Chief Change Its Culture of Violence?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel claims he’s addressing police failures in the killing of Laquan McDonald. But real change will require more than just cleaning house.

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A Most Unusual Way of Preventing Litter

Researchers say images of angry, watching eyes reduce littering by as much as two-thirds.

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The Planned Parenthood Shooting Prompted the Colorado Police Union to Attack 'Black Lives Matter'

A statement attacked a “national lie rooted in the Michael Brown incident,” among other non sequiturs.

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‘People Next Door Have Been Attacked’

A Muslim woman who lives in America witnessed the Paris terrorist attacks from a nearby restaurant. She reflects on those harrowing hours, and the Islamophobia that’s followed.


Artists Hack 600 Paris Billboards With Climate Messages for COP21

A public apology from Volkswagen: “We’re sorry that we got caught.”

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A Harrowing Climb Up Turkey's Tallest Bridge

Their stomachs must be lined with titanium.

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Police Video Is Never Enough

Would body cameras have made justice speedier for Laquan McDonald? Not without new laws.


There's Actually a Lot of Data Available on Chicago Police Misconduct

The killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is just one, if exceptionally tragic, incident among many in recent years.

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5 Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Shot in Minneapolis on Monday

Police are searching for three white suspects, and say that none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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A Locked-Down Brussels Debates Whether to Stay Alert or Carry On

The city is fighting both terrorists at home and a fading image abroad.

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That Video Game About Real-World Civil Unrest Is Finally Happening

Based on actual protests, such as in Egypt and Greece, ‘RIOT’ probably won’t be the feel-good game of the year.

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The Uneven Geography of Terrorism

Despite fear and anxiety in the advanced cities of the West, terrorism remains highly concentrated in a small number of conflict-ridden nations.


When Your White Neighbor Mistakes You for a Burglar: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Gentrification Is Forcing a Real-Life Superhero out of Portland

The Guardian Shield, a masked neighborhood defender, was no match for a 22 percent rise in rent.


The Jonestown Massacre And the Seduction of the 'Racial Utopia'

The 37th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre this week invites an examination of what the people it attracted were running from in the first place.

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Mali Hostage Crisis: What We Know

Gunmen have killed at least three people and taken 170 guests and staff members hostage at a luxury hotel in the capital city of Bamako.

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Portland’s Ghostly Tribute to Traffic Victims

Plastic silhouettes pay tribute to 135 Portlanders killed on the roads between 2004 and 2014.

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The Pessimism of White, Working-Class America

Negative views on immigration and discrimination may be connected to the demographic’s rising mortality rates.


Police Are More Aggressive Overall in Encounters With African Americans

A new study finds that African Americans are subjected to threats and non-lethal violence more often than whites when stopped by police.