Crime

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Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.

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The Geography of Gun Violence

On the state level, mental illness and stress levels don't play a role. Poverty and gun control policies do.

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Why Crowds Can Turn Deadly

New research confirms that human psychology isn't the cause. Physics is.

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Londoners Go To Court Over Olympics Missiles

Residents of an East London apartment tower are hoping the legal system will save them from having to host missiles on their roof during the Olympics.

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After Deaths, Villagers Block Trucks From Dumping Bangalore's Trash

Garbage piles on the streets of the Indian city as villagers protest dump's contamination.

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Survey of the Day: Police Officers Admit They Downplay Crimes

A survey of retired New York City police officers shows a "rotten barrel," according to the study authors.

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This Week in Bans: Alabama Town Stops Gassing Strays Thanks to Death-Proof Dog

Also, a Rhode Island community comes out against the "threat" of LED lighting and Bhutan outlaws cars from the road on Tuesdays.

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Toilet Tuesday: Metal Thieves Finally Find Public Bathrooms

Your weekly roundup of the world's classiest toilet news.

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What Honeybees Can Teach Us About Gang-Related Crime

Police typically identify gang territories by tracking crime, graffiti and other clues. But a simple ecological equation might do the job even better.

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This Week in Bans: The Great Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Menace

Also, Mumbai silences "laughing yoga" practitioners and Seattle prohibits a cancer survivor from swimming topless.

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This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

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Death Served Cold: Revisiting the Bloody 'Glasgow Ice-Cream Wars'

Animosity still lingers among Scottish ice cream-truck drivers long after the infamous gangland battles of the '80s.

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This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

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A Crime Most Slippery: Grease Thieves Plague the Restaurant Industry

Step aside, copper thieves. There's a new weirdly brazen criminal in town.

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This Week in Bans: New York City's Surge in the War Against Fatty Foods

Also, the first protester is banned from the London Olympics; shameful Japanese bureaucrats can't drink alcohol for a month; a California city outlaws charity.

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Can Trees Actually Deter Crime?

Believe it or not, a new study of canopy coverage in Baltimore suggests maybe they can.

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This Week in Bans: Beijing's Public Toilets to Become Fly-Free

Also, L.A. outlaws plastic bags; Lady Gaga ponders violent threats in Jakarta; and much more.

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Protesters to Chicago: Thank You Very Much

The NATO Summit wraps up, and Chicago returns to normal.

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This Week in Bans: Massachusetts City Plagued by Horrible Saxophonist

Salem has had it up to here with inept jazz musicians. Also outlawed recently: noisy electronica in Santa Cruz, payday lenders in Iowa and the entire vice squad of Salt Lake City.