Crime

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This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.

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Police Overreach of the Day: A 6-Year-Old Is Handcuffed in Georgia

A kindergartener was arrested after she threw a tantrum in the principal's office.

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Texas City's Police Force on High Alert for Nude Cleaning Women

Cops have vowed to keep a very close eye on the Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service, which provides topless women to dust, mop and mix drinks.

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This Week in Bans: Baltimore Orioles Ban Naked Batman 'For Life'

Also, a Florida town outlaws nightclubs and a skating rink that could possibly be used for illicit dancing, and more.

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Do Gated Communities Threaten Society?

The neighborhood where Trayvon Martin died is the kind of place where people choose to live when they want to be safe – from crime, from outsiders, from economic uncertainty. Of course, it doesn’t always work that way.

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RoboCop Statue 'Definitely' Coming to Detroit

Everyone's favorite badge-toting manmachine will absolutely be memorialized in bronze, somewhere in the city.

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This Week in Bans: Park Slope Parents Decry 'Tempting' Ice Cream

Also, Tampa is going to ban water pistols (but not real guns) from the 2012 Republican National Convention, and more.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.

Sheboygan's Odd, Addictive Police Scanner Chatter

@Sheboyganscan posts shocking, head-scratching and zen tweets from the Wisconsin city's police scanner.

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This Week in Bans: Miniskirts Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Also, Hong Kong bans pregnant "birth tourists" from the mainland; New York City's public schools try to avoid using test words like "dinosaur" and "Christmas"; and Britain bans... something.

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Vancouver's Plan to Avoid Another Hockey Riot

This year, the city will spread NHL fans out to TV-outfitted community centers and hire an events planner to make the atmosphere more "festive."

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There Will Be No Public Hangings in This North Dakota Town

The mayor of Medora, Doug Ellison, explains his decision to drop the idea for fake executions.

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This Week in Bans: Italian Town Outlaws Death

Also, Boston hates moshpits; an Illinois town repeals Prohibition; New York City's teachers should stay far away from Facebook.

Videos
Casey Neistat

Won't Somebody Please Stop This Guy Stealing Bikes in New York City?

Filmmaker Casey Neistat explains why he decided to reenact his famous 2005 bike-thieving experiment.

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Feel Good Story of the Day: Arlington Marks 2 Years Murder-Free

There haven't been any recorded homicides in the affluent Virginia county since 2009.

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This Week in Bans: Philly Outlaws Feeding the Homeless Outside

Plus, Los Tigres del Norte Rancho are banned in Mexico for singing about drugs; it's forbidden to sleep in your car in Santa Margarita; get those cars off of your front yards, Muskegon!

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When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where

A crowdsourced map hopes to help cities identify and address so-called play deserts.

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This Week in Bans: Florida City Outlaws Scary Ex-Employee

Also, a U.K. town takes care of a snowball-throwing teenager, and California cities ban mobile billboards and force medical-marijuana growers indoors.