Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.
On the state level, mental illness and stress levels don't play a role. Poverty and gun control policies do.
New research confirms that human psychology isn't the cause. Physics is.
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.
Garbage piles on the streets of the Indian city as villagers protest dump's contamination.
A survey of retired New York City police officers shows a "rotten barrel," according to the study authors.
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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Police typically identify gang territories by tracking crime, graffiti and other clues. But a simple ecological equation might do the job even better.
Also, Mumbai silences "laughing yoga" practitioners and Seattle prohibits a cancer survivor from swimming topless.
Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.
Animosity still lingers among Scottish ice cream-truck drivers long after the infamous gangland battles of the '80s.
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.
Step aside, copper thieves. There's a new weirdly brazen criminal in town.
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.
Believe it or not, a new study of canopy coverage in Baltimore suggests maybe they can.
Also, L.A. outlaws plastic bags; Lady Gaga ponders violent threats in Jakarta; and much more.
The NATO Summit wraps up, and Chicago returns to normal.
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.