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Is Vandalism Ever the Answer to Noisy Neighbors?

If you choose to live above a noisy bar but hate noise, is cutting its cable feed to tone things down OK?

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In Protests, Who Owns the Highways?

Whose streets? Our streets. But more than rush hour is disrupted when people take to the highways.

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Your U-Lock Is Basically Worthless, but Don't Worry

Thieves can quickly pop open the lock with a car jack or pipe, but there are ways to protect yourself.

Graffiti Artist 'Creepytings' Is Defacing National Parks

As long as National Park Service budgets shrink, vandalism is going to be a feature of our favorite natural spaces.

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Criminalizing the Hands That Feed the Homeless

More cities are trying to stop residents and food pantries from helping people secure a hot meal.

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Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

A revised city ordinance claims to protect tenants from "nuisance" and crime. But it opens a suspiciously short and strategic path to evicting sex workers with little evidence, notice, or recourse.  

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How the Crime of Labor Trafficking Helps Cities Run

A new report details who trafficked workers are—and which industries exploit them.

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Another Black Teenager Was Shot and Killed by St. Louis Police Wednesday

An officer fired 17 shots at Vonderrit Myers Jr., and protests carried into the early hours of this morning.

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In Brazil, Where Police Killings Are Commonplace, Cell Phone Cameras Play a Powerful Role

More than 75 percent of Brazilians over the age of 10 now have mobile phones, which means someone's always watching.

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When Harassment of Bicyclists and Pedestrians Is a Crime

Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest city to pass legislation prohibiting drivers from "intimidating or injuring" walkers and bikers.

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Running to Safety in Caracas

The popular jogging group Runners Venezuela wants to reclaim the streets after dark.

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What Makes Us the Happiest About the Places We Live

Urbanites and suburbanites in the U.S. have a lot more in common than you might have guessed.

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How Twitter Detectives Helped Philly Police Find Hate Crime Suspects Fast

A longtime user employed Twitter and Facebook's tracking tools to crowdsource clues that led police to identify suspects in a brutal gaybashing.

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Americans Who Carry Concealed Weapons Keep Accidentally Shooting Themselves in Public Bathrooms

This year's list of incidents includes an Italian restaurant, a prosecutor's office, a Target, a Burger King ...

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On National Chocolate Milkshake Day, Let's Drink to Chicago's Prohibition-Era Entrepreneurs

What the rise of the milkshake had to do with Prohibition, Chicago's South Side, and a local pharmacy chain called Walgreens.

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States' Counterintuitive Relationship Between Crime and Punishment

Since 1994, New York has seen the biggest drop in crime of any state. It also saw the biggest drop in its prison population.

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Prisons Are Facing Aging Populations, Too

The number of U.S. prisoners age 50 and over has increased 330 percent since 1994.

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Here's What the Justice Department Wants to Investigate in Ferguson

The probe will examine the local police department’s use of deadly force and protocols for stops, searches, and arrests.

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More Than Half of D.C. Schools Are Exposed to Gunfire

A new ShotSpotter report reveals troubling data, but authorities hope this tech can be used to find solutions.