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The Logic Behind Paying Severe Alcoholics in Beer

Instead of arresting public drunks, Amsterdam has tasked them with cleaning up a local park. Payment: €10, some rolling tobacco and 5 cans of beer.

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This Is What Happens When Neighborhoods Don't Trust the Police

Someone shot at a group of officers in broad daylight in Wilmington, Delaware, and no one will speak up.

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A Horrifying Story of 'Stop and Frisk' Taken to Its Logical Extreme

Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped 258 times, searched more than 100 times, and jailed 56 times ... in four years.

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The Places That Defined JFK's Assassination, Then and Now

One photographer lines up images of Dallas on its darkest day with his own photographs from today.

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A Court That's More About Problem-Solving Than Punishment

New York City's Midtown Community Court is a national model for a different approach to dispensing justice.

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Where You're Most Likely to Be Arrested or Shot by the Police in San Francisco

Where it's "safe" to live if you're more worried about cops than criminals.

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How Chicago Points to a Growing Inequality of Urban Violence

Some of Chicago's neighborhoods have become much more dangerous, even though crime has plummeted citywide.

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Sometimes When Violence Strikes, It Can Be Easy to Overlook What Went Right

A stabbing attack in New York's Riverside Park acts as a reminder about the way cities really work.

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The New Demographics of Anti-Smoking Campaigns

In many places in the U.S., the population is getting older and younger at the same time. And that has big implications for public health.

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Why International Aid Agencies Are Starting to Focus on Urban Violence

Non-war zone killings in cities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are far outpacing traditional armed conflict.

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Kids With a Diverse Group of Friends Feel Safer at School

And educators need to figure out ways to encourage social mixing opportunities among students.

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13 People, Including a 3-Year-Old, Shot in a Chicago Park

All are expected to survive; police say the attack was gang-related.

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Gunman Killed, Multiple Victims in Mass Shooting at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard

Officials have confirmed that at least 13 people are dead. 

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D.C. Wants to Impose a Ridiculous 24-Hour Waiting Period for Getting a Tattoo

It's your body, but it's not your choice. 

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The Astounding Odds That You'll Be Shot if You're a Black Man in Oakland

Over the past decade, the number of African American men killed nearly matched the number who graduated from high schools ready to attend university.

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A Day in the Life of Paris's Growing Muslim Population

France's 5 million Muslims say they often feel left out of mainstream society, as well as the job force.

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Seattle Police Department Will Distribute Doritos to Stoners

This is public health at its finest.

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Why Kal Penn Is Defending Bloomberg's Stop and Frisk Policy

The actor says the policy works (also, he was mugged once). 

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The Human Toll of Stop and Frisk

"No matter what I do, I am being constantly treated as if I’m not worthy of this society."