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A Death, Protests, and Arrests in St. Louis

Police used tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting the killing by officers of an 18-year-old black man.

Shawn Escoffery

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.

AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner

New York Picks a Fight With Panhandlers and Puppets

Mayor de Blasio announced a tentative plan to purge Times Square of its “aggressive” costumed characters.

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.


A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is on a mission to make his city safer.

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An Explosion in Bangkok

Local news reports say at least 19 people are dead and dozens injured.

AP Photo/Richard Drew

Do Outdoor Smoking Bans Mostly Punish the Homeless?

Providence, Rhode Island, is considering banning smoking throughout its downtown business district. But critics worry it’s a pretext to force homeless people out of public parks and plazas.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Another Police Shooting in Ferguson

On the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting, officers critically wounded another black man.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Why Baltimore Leaders Are Fighting Over a Milwaukee-Inspired Homicide Commission

A similar program has been credited with reducing gun violence in Wisconsin, but Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been accused of effectively killing it.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

The Murder of Kitty Genovese and the Myth of the Heartless City

The crime could have endured as a tale of urban activism rather than one of apathy.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Talking to My Son About Street Harassment

Young women experience the problem early on. Young men should learn about it, too.

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A Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Meets a Violent End in Philadelphia

It crossed Canada and made it to Europe, but things took a turn in the U.S.

REUTERS/William Philpott

Cincinnati's Long History of Police Brutality

April Martin spent nearly 10 years reporting on the 15 African Americans killed by police between 1995 and 2001 for her new documentary, Cincinnati Goddamn. Then another killing happened.  


Police Body Cameras: Coming Everywhere in 3 to 5 Years

The public largely sees body cams as a tool for police transparency and accountability, not a Big Brother nightmare. Still, there are many issues to consider as more departments adopt them.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper/Nelson Brooke

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

Both prisoners and surrounding communities are affected by this under-studied issue.

John Minchillo/AP

Another Police-Involved Shooting Marks a Turning Point in the Debate on Body Cameras

The traffic-stop killing of Samuel DuBose shows the pressing need to adopt police body cams—despite some legitimate privacy concerns.


How Los Angeles County Furthered Racist 'Fair-Housing' Practices

A recent Justice Department complaint reveals the county colluded with two cities and the sheriff’s department to push black, Section 8 families out of certain neighborhoods.

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How to Stop Jail Suicides

Sandra Bland’s death was preventable on multiple levels. A jail architect explains how design failed her nearly as badly as the police.


San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.